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Tomato Omelette / Besan Chila (PanCake)

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Besan(Gram Flour) a versatile flour made of Chanadal (a type of Chickpea) has many health benefits to it. Due to it’s high protein content it can be easily consumed by vegetarians. A commonly used flour in India for pakoda’s and also  well know to use as face pack to remove tan and to lighten the skin. The main benefit I see today is it is Gluten free, so people who are looking for gluten free substitutes can use Besan.

Besan Chila or Tomato Omelette or whatever you call it is very healthy in itself and can be enjoyed as Breakfast or as main meals. At my mom’s place this are made very thin and crisp and served with coriander chutney. I add some tomatoes and onions to it to make it in the form of omelette, I like it the way it is served in restaurants along with a slice of bread. But now being health conscious I avoid bread whenever I can :-(, so the below pic is minus the bread :-)).

Besan chila’s are also very commonly made during Holi (Indian Festival of colours), specially with the North Indian’s. Enjoy it with Spicy Coriander Chutney and Imli ki Chutney(Sweet & Sour Tamarind Chutney)


Tomato Omelete / Besan Chila (PanCake)

Here goes the recipe:



  • 2 Cup Besan (Chickpea flour)
  • 1 small Onion chopped (Optional)
  • 1 big Tomato or 2 small chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilly powder (as per taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Roasted Cumin powder
  • salt as per taste
  • Water
  • Oil for shallow frying


    1. In a bowl add all the ingredients and give it a quick stir.
    2. Prepare the batter with water. The mix should not be too watery and not too thick.
    1. Keep the mixture aside for 10 minutes. The besan will soak the water.
    2. Heat a non-stick pan or tawa. Apply a little bit of oil on the pan.
    3. Once the pan is hot, Spread a spoon full of batter on the pan. Spread it in the shape of a dosa. Thickness may vary as per your needs. I do not make it thin and not too thick.
    4. Cover and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
    1. Once you see the top being cooked, the raw besan is no longer seen, drizzle 3-4 drops of oil on the side and on the top.
    2. Flip and let it cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes.
    1. Yummy and hot Tomato Omelette is ready. Serve it with tomato ketchup.
  1. With the same batter, one can make Bread Pakoda. Check out the recipe for Non Fried Bread Pakoda here.
  1. The same batter I have added some Palak(Spinach) and it came out lovely, see the picture below. Let me know if you need the recipe with Palak(Spinach)

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Friday 2nd of March 2018

Ooh... I never thought to use chickpea flour in omelets. Must try.

Aleka Shunk

Sunday 25th of February 2018

I love that this is a healthy breakfast option! I will give it a try but without the bread as well!:)


Saturday 24th of February 2018

I love omelettes they are so flexible and simple, great flavours in this one.


Friday 23rd of February 2018

Ooh! This looks delicious. I might have to make one of these for myself today. Thanks for sharing!