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Cheela - Quick Vegan Omelette for Everyone to Love!
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Cheela - Quick Vegan Omelette for Everyone to Love!

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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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Awesome! One of my favorite breakfast items :) Although its not that easy for me to spread the paste on the pan, I love it when my lovely wife makes it for me :D Its healthy, its quick and its tasty. For the dry part, this tastes excellent when accompanied with slightly-less-hot tea or coffee. I don't like tomatoes in it but being a spice and green garnishing lover, green chilly and coriander leaves are always welcome. BTW, I never heard the name veg omelette before, so thanks for pointing that out, it sounds more delicious to me now :)
    1. Akanksha
      Tomatoes actually combat the dryness... Thanks for the vote and the comment :)
  2. Akanksha
    P.S. - If you have a tendency of gastrosis, add a pinch of asafoetida to the paste to prevent any problems..
  3. Sheila Ray
    Isn't this similar to naan? voted
    1. Akanksha
      Not at all! Naan is made out of fine wheat flour called 'Maida' and is cooked differently as well..
  4. Carolyn
    Vote #4! Sounds good! I have never cooked with gram flour. Will have to try.
  5. Veganara
    Vote no 5. They sound delicious! I do miss omelettes some times so I will try this recipe . I made a kind of flatbread once with gram flour, olive oil and rosemary once which was very tasty, I must dig out that recipe and share it. You may like to have a look at my two latest recipes, Hot/Cold Quinoa and Raw Vegan Chocolate Shake, and if you like them, please vote!
  6. evalovesbend
    What a great idea! Voted #9. Check out my post Fourth of July Vegan Fruit Tart Flag and vote if you like it.
  7. Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts!
  8. pftsusan
    Excellent. This is good for breakfast or a snack. And heslthy too.


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