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Vegan Chickpea Mushroom Omelette
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Vegan Chickpea Mushroom Omelette

I was delighted to discover quite recently that despite being vegan, you can still eat omelettes! I have been experimenting with gram flour (chickpea flour) and found that it makes a wonderful "eggy" type batter. I found a couple of omelette/crêpe recipes on the internet, and adapted this one from them, adding my own embellishments. You will be surprised at how much like a traditional egg omelette this tastes! I also add flaxseed, which helps to bind it together and give an egg-like consistency. (I also think it is quite appropriate that a vegan omelette should be made of chickpea flour!)

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • ½ cup (100 g) chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • A generous pinch of garlic powder, or small amount of chopped garlic
  • Pinch of turmeric or cumin
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • A few tablespoons each of chopped spring onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, peppers (½ cup total veggies)
  • ½ chili pepper finely chopped( or use black pepper/cayenne to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped spinach or greens
  • Vegetable oil (eg olive or walnut oil) for frying

Method:

1.) In a bowl, add flax seedsand ¼ cup warm water,whisk and let sit for five minutes.  Prep the veggies.

2.) Mix baking powder with your chickpea flour. Add salt,spices and baking soda.

3.) Mix in the chickpea flour with flax seed and seasonings  and water and whisk for half a minute to combine well and to help the batter get airy.

4.) Heat a non stick pan at medium heat and add a dash of vegetable oil. Add the veggies and fry gently for 1-2 minutes.

5.) Drop the batter on the hot pan and tap once or twice to spread and mix with veggies.

7.) Cover with a lid and cook for seven minutes.

8.) Remove lid, add a few drops of oil on the edges, cook for another 5-7 minutes (depending on the consistency of the batter).

9). Flip and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the spinach/greens while still moist.

10.) Slide out of the pan and serve with salad, fries, toast or hash browns.

Tips: You can also add a handful of grated vegan cheese to this omelette just before serving, which makes it even more delicious! Sometimes it does tend to fall apart, depending on the consistency of the batter, and how well cooked it is. It needs to be well done on both sides to keep its shape. You can cheat by sliding the pan under a hot grill to cook the upper side, as I often do, once the bottom side is done. It still tastes the same!

Enjoy, let me know what you think! 

 

 

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Glenna Meredith
    Glenna Meredith
    This looks amazing, I'm so glad you visited my blog and invited me to yours :D
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  2. Roopam
    This is a yummm recipe...we do make this at home with onions and tomatoes...I love your idea of adding spinach and greens...going to do that next time...great recipe...voted!
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    Looks good Maggie :) Chick pea flour is delish! If you are using garlic or onions, do you need the asafoetida? voted :)
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks for the votes and comments everyone! You are probably right about not needing the asafoetida Kristo; that's why I put "optional"! I have only recently discovered it, so I have been using it quite a lot. I must admit, sometimes I do go for overkill with my seasonings! Still, when they taste my cooking, I don't think anyone will say that vegan food is bland and tasteless! ((they might just have to have a tastebud transplant afterwards, LOL!)
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    2. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Chickpea flour can create gas problem and asafoetida helps prevent it.
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  4. Kate Noel
    Kate Noel
    Voted! Sounds delicious! What is asafoetida? This is the first I've heard of it.
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  5. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Hey this is an improved version of the recipe I shared a few weeks ago. Its called cheela in India and I love it. Vote#7
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  6. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #8! Impressive!
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks Akanksha and Carolyn. Nice to know I can always rely on two of my biggest supporters! Whenever I see recipes involving gram flour, they almost always include asafoetida, now I know why, thanks for that Akanksha! I have just realised as well that this is like your cheela recipe, but with more additives, isn't it? I have only recently discovered gram flour, whereas you use it a lot in Asia, don't you? I love it!
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      1. Akanksha
        Akanksha
        Yes we do..especially in the drier region like Rajsthan, where fresh vegetables are hard to grow. They have so many varieties of mouth watering food. I think I must share some of those here..
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    2. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thanks Akanksha and Carolyn. Nice to know I can always rely on two of my biggest supporters! Whenever I see recipes involving gram flour, they almost always include asafoetida, now I know why, thanks for that Akanksha! I have just realised as well that this is like your cheela recipe, but with more additives, isn't it? I have only recently discovered gram flour, whereas you use it a lot in Asia, don't you? I love it!
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  7. dianabart
    dianabart
    Eggs-actly! Thanks sharing... sounds great! -Voted! :-)
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  8. vj50222
    My mom used to make this quite often, this is kind of poor mans omelet in India, (Ingredients : Onion / Chilli / salt curry leaves / coriander leaf / chickpea floor / oil) people do this when they cant afford to buy egg, chickpea floor is very cheap. We used to have this with boiled rice & Rasam (Soup made with tamarind / tomato / peper / Cummin / garlic / coriander seed / curry leaf / coriander leaf / dried read chilli / salt) We don't add flax & all those veggies.
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