Well another favorite dish from my single days. It is ideal for students or working people who need quick yet healthy snacks. Being a vegetarian, I always missed the egg based recipes I used to cook earlier. They didn't involve much shopping, were quick and tasty. Finally, I got a substitute. It is called vegetarian omellete or cheela in India.
Ingredients: 3 cups of gram flour, salt to taste, black pepper or red chilli powder, oil for brishing, fresh coriander leaves, a pinch of baking powder and water. Optionally, you can also add chopped tomatoes, onions and green chillies to the recipe but it takes a little more tact to handle it on the stove.
The recipe is very simple. Take gram flour in a mixing bowl and add water and salt. You can use an egg beater or a fork to beat it and make it into a consistent paste. Make sure you add water slowly to avoid lumps. The beauty of the recipe lies in the fact that every other ingredient is optional.
Add a pinch of baking powder to make them soft. If you are using organic gram flour, you can conveniently skip this ingredient. It can be thicker or thinner but make sure it is consistent. Add chopped coriander and any other optional ingredients mentioned above to the paste.
Heat a flat pan and add about half tsp of oil. You can also simply brush the surface of the pan slightly with cooking oil. Now start spreading the paste on the pan surface. The trick is to start with the circumference first and move towards the inside. Take a spatula and spread the paste evenly on the pan. Wait for a minute and brush some oil on the top surface of the 'cheela' and then flip it carefully with a flat spatula. Let it cook for another minute.
You will see small brown spots on the surface and the overall color of the paste becomes lighter when you cook it. It means your Cheela is done and ready to serve. I personally like it with tomato ketchup. It can also be served with any homemade sauce.
What makes this recipe convenient is the long shelf life of gram flour. The above image is of plain cheela which can be clubbed with a variety of sauces and vegetable mixes. Made up of gram flour, this item can be a little dry, you can also try it with peanut butter or sandwich spread etc.
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