Chickpea Omelette a.k.a Vegan Omelette
I think that chickpea omelette is the best invention for a vegan breakfast or light lunch! First time I tried it in a small cafe- restaurant called CasaVeggy in Nerja, and since that I’ve made these every now and them. And to be clear I love regular omelettes made of eggs, but these bring nice variation and keep hunger away for hours. In addition of being vegan, these omelettes are also gluten free, soy free, and of course egg free, yet taste surprisingly similar to egg omelettes!
A few words about that chickpea flour. It’s surprisingly high in fiber and protein and when mixed with water (or plant-based milk) and cooked, has an egg like flavor and texture. And if you want to add more of that egg flavor, use black Indian salt (Kala Namak), which has a very specific aroma and distinctive taste, almost like eggs. Some people say that these are more like pancakes that omelettes, but any way, you have to try yourself. These are so satisfying and filling!
Ps. Don’t taste the batter! Chickpea flour tastes awful before it’s cooked. Once it is cooked through, it will be delicious!
Ingredients for one thick or two thinner omelettes:
2 dl chickpea flour
2 – 2 1/2 dl water (or unsweetened plant-based milk)
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt (or black salt for a more egg like flavor)
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
oil for frying
For filling whatever you fancy or happen to have home: avocado, sliced/ cubed veggies, spinach, beans, tofu, rucola, different kind of salads, vegan cheese, salsa, guacamole…
• Combine the chickpea flour, spices and nutritional yeast in a small bowl. Add water and stir until the batter is smooth. Add more water if needed to make a thick pour-able batter. Set aside and let sit for 5-10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
• Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add a little splash of oil and pour the batter into the pan, as if making pancakes. Wait until it bubbles and firms up along the edges (approx. 2 minutes to cook). Flip the omelette and cook the other side.
• Add your filling to the omelette, then fold in half over the filling. Enjoy immediately!
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