Besan Chila and the tale of Tomato Omelette

Years ago new in the city of Bangalore, I walked into Sukh Sagar and a little bored of eating the idly and dosa on a daily basis got very excited with one particular menu item called "Tomato Omelette". I adore eggs, the kitchen wasn't still set and I was missing my eggs, so I ordered the Tomato Omelette instantly, that Sukh Sagar was a pure vegetarian joint didn't even occur to me at that. Well you can say that the desire to eat eggs overpowered everything else. And then after a wait of 6 minutes dreaming of omelette with tomatoes and chilly (in my mind masala omelette), toasted white bread and tomato ketchup I came face to face with the reality of what I had ordered. Tomato Omelette was nothing but BESAN CHILA. I think I even asked the waiter, but where are the eggs. It is purely cheating if you ask me ;)

Besan Chila and the tale of Tomato Omelette
Don't get me wrong, I love my besan chila but it's not an omelette. The other day we had this discussion on twitter as well. I saw an eggless omelette somewhere and got reminded of those days and turns out a lot of people feel the same as I do. Check out the link below to read the whole conversation (and follow me on twitter if not already doing so)

But I was reminded of this Besan Cheela that day and even though it does not have eggs it is still an excellent high protein breakfast specially for vegetarians.

Here is a recipe to make it at home, call it Besan Cheela or Tomato Omelette the fact is that it is delicious

Besan Chila and the tale of Tomato Omelette
Years ago new in the city of Bangalore, I walked into Sukh Sagar and a little bored of eating the idly and dosa on a daily basis got very excited with one particular menu item called "Tomato Omelette". I adore eggs, the kitchen wasn't still set and I was missing my eggs, so I ordered the Tomato Omel...

Besan Cheela (Tomato Omelette)

Summary

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  • Coursebreakfast
  • Cuisineindian
  • Yield4 s 4
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time30 minutesPT0H30M

Ingredients

Besan (Gram flour)
1 cup
Ajwain
¼ tsp
Red chili powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tsp
Garam masala
¼ tsp
Salt
to taste
Green chili , chopped
1-2
Tomato finely chopped
2
Onion finely chopped
1
Coriander leaves
2 tbsps
Yogurt
¼ cup
Water
1 ½ cups
Oil for cooking Cheelas

Steps

  1. Take besan, ajwain, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt in a bowl and mix well
  2. Add chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander to the above and mix well till the vegetables are coated with besan. You can add more vegetables to this, like carrots, spinach, methi etc to make it even healthier.
  3. Mix in the yoghurt and little water at a time and make lump free batter.
  4. Heat a non stick tawa on medium heat. Once hot drizzle about 1/2 tsp of oil. Once oil is hot, pour a ladle of batter and spread it to make a round shape like you would pour a dosa. Let the cheela gets cook on one side about 2 minutes or till gets golden brown. Flip and cook the other side as well
  5. Repeat for all the batter. Serve hot with green chutney or ketchup
Besan Chila and the tale of Tomato Omelette
Recipe for the green chutney


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