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
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.