Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)

Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)

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It is surprising how two contrasting items – traditonal chila and whole wheat bread slices – work well in harmony to create a satiating sandwich! While you are sure to have had chila before, you would never have thought of using it as the stuffing for a sandwich! Interestingly, the rustic flavour of besan, the crunch of veggies like tomatoes and onions, and mild spice powders used to flavour the chila act as a nice filling for the sandwich, somewhat like the patties in a burger! While chila by itself might dry up when packed for tiffin, the Besan Chila Sandwich remains moist and flavourful for at least four hours, so it can be comfortably packed in the snack box. Pack some Banana Pepper Wafers in another tiffin for a crunchy bite.

Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe) recipe - How to make Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 7 sandwiches
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For The Chila
1 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
14 whole wheat bread slices
butter for brushing
14 tbsp tomato ketchup

For the chila

    For the chila
  1. Combine all the ingredients along with approx. ¾ cup of water in a deep bowl and mix very well till no lumps remain.
  2. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it lightly using oil.
  3. Pour a ladleful of the batter on it and spread it in a circular motion to make a 100 mm. (4”) diameter circle.
  4. Smear a little oil over it and along the edges and cook on a medium flame till the chila turns brown in colour.
  5. Flip over and cook on the other side as well.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 to make 6 more chilas.
  7. Keep aside to cool completely.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Place 2 bread slices on a clean, dry surface, apply little butter on it, place 1 chila on a bread slice , spread 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup evenly over it and finally cover with another buttered bread slice with the buttered side facing downwards.
  2. Cut the sandwich diagonally into 2 pieces.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 6 more sandwiches.

How to pack

    How to pack
  1. Wrap them in an aluminium foil and pack in a tiffin box.
Nutrient values per sandwich
Energy175 cal
Protein8.8 g
Carbohydrates25.9 g
Fiber3.7 g
Fat5.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A233.9 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30.6 mg
Vitamin C2.1 mg
Folic Acid36.5 mcg
Calcium18.1 mg
Iron1.4 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium367.5 mg
Potassium191.7 mg
Zinc0.5 mg


Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)
 on 09 Jun 17 06:54 PM

I tried it today and it turned out to be awesome. I prepared the sandwich as mentioned and later on toasted it before eating. It was good too
Tarla Dalal
10 Jun 17 10:22 AM
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Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)
 on 02 Sep 15 12:47 PM

I used whole wheat chapatis instead of bread..and it turned out healthy as well as tasty..!
Tarla Dalal
02 Sep 15 02:11 PM
   Great to hear your innovation. Thanks. Please continue to review recipes which you have made and loved from It will help thousands of food lovers to try the recipe based on your review.
Besan Chila Sandwich ( Tiffin Recipe)
 on 10 Aug 15 04:57 PM

– this chila sandwhich has made things so easy and simple, as its just mix all together with some common veggies at home, but i added little chopped green chillies. I love this for a lovely tiffin snack, it doesn''t get moist or soggy. But instead remains fresh as just made. The most important is to pack it in a foil.