Besan or chickpea flour pancake – a vegan omelette

What is Besan?

Besan, commonly known as gram flour or chickpea flour, is often used in Indian cooking for batters and as a thickening agent in soups and curries.

Rich in protein, low in calories and robust on flavour, it forms the perfect body for a vegan pancake / omelette. Popular in the north of Indian as besan cheela, this dish makes a fantastic addition to a vegan or  heart-healthy diet.

To make 6  medium-sized pancakes, you will need,

3/4 cup besan

1 1/4 cup water


Pinch of red chilli powder 

A pinch of coriander powder (optional)

A pinch of chaat masala (optional)

A handful of chopped veggies ( onion, tomato, bell peppers)

A few leaves of coriander / cilantro, chopped

A pinch of caraway seeds (ajwain) or cumin seeds.

Canola or vegetable oil

Method of preparation:

1. Buy besan / chickpea flour at any Indian or South Asian grocery store. Measure the besan. Add it into a bowl. Whisk in the water till a smooth batter forms.

  1. Chop the veggies. Add them in along with the salt, red chilli powder, caraway seeds / cumin seeds and herbs. At this stage add coriander powder and / or chaat powder and / or green chilies if you like. besan  pancake, chickpea pancake 

2. Mix into a uniform and slightly frothy batter. besan pancake, chickpea flour  pancake 

3. Heat a skillet. Coat with a thin film of oil. Make the pancake over medium to high heat. Flip midway to ensure that both sides cool well.

Serve stand alone with yogurt or chutney.

 besan pancake, chickpea flour  pancake 
Or use as wrap: 

 besan pancake, chickpea flour  pancake 


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