Besan Chila is an Indian high protein gram flour crepe which is also known as a tomato omelette in certain parts of the country! Eat it with some chutney and sauce and your day is perfect!
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, I 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 point. 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 😉
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. But I was reminded of the besan chila that day and even though it does not have eggs, it is still an excellent high protein breakfast, especially for vegetarians.
Here is a recipe to make it at home, call it Besan Chila or Tomato Omelette, the fact is that it is delicious! My mom makes an even more exotic version of this with some paneer stuffing and trust me, it is so amazing to eat!