May 17, 2011

Eggless Omelet

eggless omelet

This was going to be my Mother's Day post, but then Ameya fell ill and everything got pushed to the back burner. Things are better now, we all seem to be emerging from a fog of nasty colds, coughs, and ear infections.

Just when we were drowning in tissue papers and cough syrups, this brightened our day. This was perfect for that sunny afternoon when we relaxed, drank some hot tea and coffee and sat a little longer with our plates, chatting and catching up, while Ameya ran around babbling and laughing.

We first saw a version of this on a TV show. It got our attention with the eggless omelet bit. I didn't note it down, so we modified it to our tastes.The base crepe is made with chickpea flour and the filling is made with sprouts, onions, tomato and cilantro. It will brighten any morning.

eggless omelet

For filling:
1 cup sprouts
1 medium tomato - chopped
1 small onion - chopped
1 small bunch cilantro - chopped
1 tbspoon lemon juice
freshly ground pepper

For crepes:
1 cup chickpea flour
1 green chilli
1/4 tspoon ajwain
1/4 tspoon cumin seeds
pinch of salt
1 cup water (additional 1/2 cup if needed)
1 tbspoon oil

Mix the filling and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix the chickpea flour, spices and water till the batter is crepe or dosa consistency.

eggless omelet

Heat a pan and pour the flour for a big round crepe. Turn it over in a minute when the brown spots appear.

Pour a few drops of oil on the outside and put the filling on the inside. Once the outside becomes golden brown, fold it over and take it off the heat.

eggless omelet

Serve warm with some ketchup or even mint chutney.

I am sending this to Srivalli who is celebrating her 4th blog birthday!


  1. Wat a healthy and wholesome dish, love that nutritious filling..

  2. lovely clicks..can i replace the regular dough to chikpea

  3. Mandira

    This is the besan ka cheela, very popular in my home. My Mom learned to make this from a neighbor from Rajasthan. I like your filling, have never used that

    Is Ameya going to the daycare ?

  4. Beautiful omelet!

  5. Looks so inviting Mandira! And what a pretty picture you paint -- there at the table while the little one plays :) I'm glad you're all feeling better. I've got my eye on the asparagus in previous post, too!

  6. Mandira,
    Besan ka chila or eggless omelet sure is one healthy version and with those filling it will definitely brighten me mornings :-D..hope you all are well and hearty ..special hugs to Ameya..or ki Shots neba hoyeche goto kicho dine..bhalo and sabdhane thekho ..hugs and smiles

  7. This is in fact a perfect breakfast meal. Got to give this omelet a try.

  8. That looks so perfect Mandira..thanks for sending it for the Mela.

  9. What a beautiful and healthy meal to start the day. Sorry to hear you have been feeling unwell. Happy Belated Mother's Day. : }

  10. Thank you Hari, Priya, Kadhyaa, Peggy, Linda, Indo .

    Sandeepa- We never made it much. But with this filling, it's delicious!

    Jaya - amar mone hoye change of season.

    Thanks Valli, Susan

  11. Hy Mandira,
    chanced upon your space while blog hopping...amazing spce you have...great clicks with nice presenation..
    glad to follow u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  12. Hi first time here. Love the besan ka cheela and the stuffed one looks so inviting.



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