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.
- 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.
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.