Diwali Recipes

Friday, May 27, 2011

Besan ka Cheela ..aka...Vegetarian Omelet...FFF#5

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I have successfully entered 5th week of my 'Family Food Friday 'series and still few more exciting entries are already waiting for its turn in my drafts.If you have missed any of the previous posts in this series check them here.

This time I do not need to introduce the author of this recipe as you all know her now,this entry is sent by Chaitra who has sent Savory Cornmeal Muffins.Thanks a lot Chaitra for sending another entry for my event.

Besan ka Cheela is also called Puda or Vegetarian Omelet.Though I make egg omelet for my husband I do not prefer eating it and in fact the only way I eat eggs is in cakes.It is a great alternative for vegetarians for egg omelet as the texture,color and look of this is very much similar to egg omelet and of course there is a lot of difference in taste.It is very easy to prepare and it hardly takes anytime and can be prepared as a breakfast or evening snack.I also make it regularly and hence when she has sent this recipe to me I wanted to add few more photos to the recipe as she has sent just a couple of photos.More number of photos in the post makes it look more interesting right?I make it almost similar and also depends on the availability of ingredients at that time in my pantry.But this time I have exactly followed her recipe as I am featuring her recipe here.

Let us see what Chaitra says about this recipe in her own words.'During pregnancy days I was constantly looking for food with high protein content. Being a vegetarian I wanted to make sure to have a balanced diet and always tried to avoid high fat food. So I was stuck with tofu for the most part as I love tofu and believe me I have eaten Tofu in all forms. But during those days Tofu use to give me morning sickness,So, one of my friends taught me this and I am hooked on to it. It is a regular breakfast at our house now and especially for my daughter. It is very filling breakfast and my friend even serves up this in between bread like a regular omelet,it tastes good too. You can add all kinds of vegetables too to make a healthier version.I am big fan of ajwain so I add it,you can omit it if you don't like the flavor of ajwain.'


1 cup Besan/chickpea flour
1 onion,finely chopped
1 tomato,finely chopped
2 tbsp cilantro chopped
1 tsp green chilli paste or 1 tsp finely chopped green chili
1/2 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
a pinch of hing
water as needed
Salt to taste

  • Put the besan into a bowl,it is always to sift besan which avoid the formation of lumps while mixing with water and make into a smooth and thick batter.Use a wire whisk to do this process which eases the formation of smooth and even batter.The consistency should be slightly thinner than the regular dosa batter.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Take a small omelet pan and add about a tsp of oil and pour the about half a cup of batter and turn the pan so that the batter covers the entire pan.If you do not have omelet pan you can do this on regular non stick tawa,just spread the batter lightly with the back of the ladle.Pour some oil around the edges.
  • You can cover the pan or leave it as it is ,but I prefer it covered.
  • Once it is fried you can see the golden color around the edges and flip them when they are ready and let it roast on the other side for a few seconds.It is very important to fry the besan omelet on both the sides as uncooked besan causes indigestion.
Serve them with green chutney/tamarind chutney/onion chutney/tomato sauce.

Other serving suggestions:
  1. You can even make small besan omelets and stuff in between two slightly warmed bread slices and can eat as bread omelet sandwich.
  2. You can make the batter bit thick and you can even dip the bread triangles and fry on tawa like how you do for french toast.It gives an eggless version of french toast.
  1. Addition of hing or ajwian is recommended to besan omelet as it helps in easy digestion.
  2. It is very important to fry the besan omelet on both the sides as uncooked besan causes indigestion.
  3. You can even add finely chopped bell peppers or grated vegetables of your choice to the batter to make it healthy.
  4. You can avoid ajwain and add cumin seeds instead to the batter,it gives a different flavor.
Photos embedded in the recipe part are from my cousin chaitra,rest of them are added by me.

I am sending these two entries to Nayna's 'ONLY'-Coolers and Mocktails series which is originally started by Pari of Foodelicious.
1. Oats and Fruits Smoothie
2.Butterfruit/Avocado Milkshake


Priti said...

Yum ...looks so good ..with these chilla we can make sabji too...have it in my blog ..

Vardhini said...

Looks so yummy .. sure it would have been tasty too.


Rekha shoban said...

interesting omelet!!looks soft!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....this looks like my kind of breakfast....simple, quick and easy.....i love besan ka cheela and love that name vegetarian omelet....i sometimeas add a pinch of gg paste....happy to know that u r series is giving u a chance to make u r family members explore a new hidden talent of photography...:-)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Simple and Quick....Adding gg paste will enhance the flavour


I make the same way,love it to the core,I love adding capsicum very much in this... Also I always love ajwain in this :)

Prathibha said...

Thanks friends for your suggestions..:)
I add ginger sometimes though I never tried wid gg paste..:)As the series is all abt Family member recipes I kept the recipe to the original one..:)

sonu said...

looks perfect and super delicious !

Priya said...

Can have this cheelas everyday for my breakfast, looks fantastic and filling..

notyet100 said...

platter looks delicious,

An Open Book said...

that is a great idea..love the use of besan flour in pancakes

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Its my favorite. This recipe is a perfect snacks or breakfast.

Babli said...

Innovative recipe. Looks fantastic and tempting. Perfect for snacks.

Sadhana Valentina said...

A very nice recipe worth trying... I'm following u.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very nice recipe,luks very tempting...

Ms.Chitchat said...

Loved the vegetarian omelette.

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwwww..Very nice recipe.. looks amazing !!
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prathibha,
I love this besan ka chilla as my breakfast. Liked your serving suggestions. Adding ajwain really gives a nice taste. Looks perfect
Hamaree Rasoi

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

very interesting recipe !! looks wonderful and delicious !!

REKHA said...

Love the vegetarian version....

Vatsala. said...

Besan chilla are always good brunch at our home. Like the amul butter pic with it. Just now saw the microwave cake and to my surprise without baking soda it came out well.
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Suma Gandlur said...

These instant dosas are perfect for lazy weekends.

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Love the idea of vegetarian omellete. Looks so so good.

Swathi said...

Besan ka cheela looks awesome and perfect.

Smita said...

looks very yummy and fluffy... I also enjoy it for breakfast !!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Have come across this cheela in many places... but havent tried... your picture makes me to give a try..
Event: Serve It-Chilled

Laavanya said...

I love how you make everything so perfectly.... looks very delicious.

aipi said...

I am a BIG fan of cheelas but hubby is not so I don't make these too often n your pics are really tempting me :(
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Jay said...

wat a wonderful selection of recipe..drooooooooling here..:PP
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Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

Sathya Sankar said...

Wonderful recipe, looks delicious!

Food Glorious Food! said...

Lovely recipe! A must try! Yummy!

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks delicious Prathibha...usually I spread the mix on the bread and prepare it..loved this version too!

jeyashrisuresh said...

i wanted to try this for a long time, but never tried or tasted .sounds very interesting and clicks are inviting

Suparna said...

Love chillas as they are really light yet filling :P I dont miss eggs while there's besan at home :P
Nice pics dear!!

Pushpa said...

Love eating these hot with rasam rice,looks delicious.

LG said...

LOng time never made them. I am hungry again now.

shooting star said...

i always wanted to make it but never got around to it....will make it following this recipe!!!!

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Ramya Bala said...

love it...eggless omlette...chopped spinach to it...YUMMM :)

shooting star said...

i tried to make besan ka cheela following ur recipe exactly....but it was a flat failure!!!...the pancake literally broke off into pieces when i tried to take them out from one side to other and flip them!!......result was broken pieces of cheela....the taste was good , but i want a perfect pancake on broken pieces of it!!
any suggestion please how to be successful

Prathibha said...

@Shooting Star
This is the basic besan cheela recipe,there is no issue with the proportions...I suggest you to use fresh besan and non-stick pan to make cheelas.Grease the pan well with oil and heat it properly before you make pancakes...and I feel you might have used lots of vegetables than the besan quantity,so try reducing the vegetable quantity in it and try again...I hope these tips should be helpful to you..:)
Lemme know how it turned out if you try it again.

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