This savory chickpea flour pancake, called "besan cheela" is a great vegan and gluten-free, protein-packedomelet substitute! It is basically a savory pancake made with chickpea flour (besan) and water mixed with spices, green chilies, and fresh coriander. It also happens to be my lastest breakfast go to. If I am being honest I've been having the left overs for lunch and dinner quite often. Just add some stir-fried or steamed veggies and you have got yourself a super easy, fast and oh so yummy wholesome meal. You can even serve it alongside your favorite curry. The best part is you can whip these up yourself in about 10 minutes.
This recipe is also great for reducing Kapha energy and helping you with your weight loss process. Since we are working with a very light flour option and adding spices like cumin and fresh chilies. This will definitely keep your digestive fire (Agni) game strong!
Curious yet? Let's get started!
- 1 cup/ 250 grams of chickpea flour
- 1 cup / 250 ml of water
- 1/2 tbsp of cumin seeds
- Garlic, green chili, and salt to taste
- 1 finely diced tomato
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
- A handful of chopped fresh coriander
Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Portion: This recipe will make about 4 pancakes.
1. Start with making the batter, by mixing the chickpea flour and water together in a medium bowl. Gradually add the water to the chickpea flour while mixing it well with a whisk. We are looking for that smooth, lump-free, pancake-like consistency.
2.Add all the other ingredients to your batter and give it another good mix through.
3. Melt some coconut oil (or any other oil that you would prefer) in a flat, non-stick pan and divide the batter evenly. Let it cook through on one side until you notice it takes a slightly golden brown color and the edges start to come up a bit. You can either add some cooked veggies now and fold it in, making a veggie-stuffed besan cheela, or flip your pancake on to the other side and bake it slightly.
Serve your besan cheela with your favorite chutney and add some vegetables on top if you would like. I like mine best with tomato chutney and fresh spinach! When I have nothing else on hand even some tomato ketchup and siracha will do the job.
This savory delicious, protein-packed breakfast will keep you going at full speed, all morning long!