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Bored of bread omelet? Try this green chana chilla recipe for a healthy breakfast

If thinking of your breakfast menu each day is a cumbersome process, try making this healthy breakfast recipe with green chickpea or cholia.
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Your usual breakfast gets a healthy makeover with choliya! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shifa Khan Published: 11 Mar 2022, 08:00 am IST
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As winter season bids goodbye, some vegetables like green chickpeas, commonly known as choliya, are seen on every vegetable cart. Not only do these give our health a great fix but taste amazing too. Just like their other counterparts called the black chana, they are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Considering the amazing health benefits of green chana or choliya, we have a lip-smacking healthy breakfast recipe for you!

It’s simple and easy to make because who wants to spend their beautiful morning in the kitchen? Not us! Another reason to include them in your diet now is their limited availability in the summer months. So, let’s make the most of this nutritious ingredient and get down to cooking!

Healthy breakfast recipe of green chana chilla:


  1. 1/2 cup green choliya
  2. 1 tsp green chilli paste
  3. 1 tsp besan
  4. 2 tsp curd
  5. 1 onion (grated)
  6. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tomato cubed
  8. 1 onion cut in cubes
  9. 1 capsicum sliced
  10. 1 cup roasted crushed peanuts
  11. Salt to taste


  1. Put a pressure cooker on heat.
  2. Add the choliya or green chana to it and add 2 cups of water.
  3. Sprinkle some salt.
  4. Cook for 10 mins for 2-3 whistles.
  5. Strain the choliya, add green chilli paste, besan, curd, and grated onion to it.
  6. Using a hand blender churn and beat the mixture well.
  7. Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan.
  8. Spread a tablespoon of mixture on the heated pan.
  9. Using round motions, spread it evenly like a pancake.
  10. Sprinkle some diced onion, capsicum, tomato, and crushed peanuts on top.
  11. Cover it for a minute and then flip the chilla to cook well on both sides.
  12. Serve hot with a side of green coriander chutney and imli sonth.

This easy-to-make but delicious dish will beat the morning lethargy away and fill up your tummy with the nutrient-rich goodness of green chickpeas.

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Try this green chana chilla recipe as a healthy breakfast option. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some health benefits of green chana that will impress you to try this recipe:

1. Aids weight loss

These green chickpeas are a rich source of fiber that keeps the tummy full for a longer time. Thus, eliminating the hunger pangs and urge to eat junk! Say hello to a fit body and flat tummy. 

2. Beautify your nails and hair

Choliya is a great source of iron that can curb your iron deficiencies. Good iron content is directly proportional to great hair and shiny nails. Plus, it is brimming with plant-based protein, which has the power to make your skin radiant and give you bouncy hair.

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Your hair will thank your for eating right. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Treats depression

Green chana is a superb source of folate or vitamin B9 which is known to shoo away depression and boost a good mood! This makes it a perfect healthy breakfast option for a good morning.

4. Keeps your heart healthy

Due to its mineral content like potassium and magnesium, choliya or green chickpeas are known to improve your cardiac health. Some studies claim that they can even lower your cholesterol levels. What a winning ingredient!

There are a number of healthy breakfast recipes you can try but do not forget to enjoy some choliya before it goes away until the next season!

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An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued! ...Read More

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