Besan Cheela | Besan Ka Puda | Vegan Omelette


Besan Cheela

Besan ka Puda is what my mother-in-law calls them as. Vegetable Omelette or Tomato Omelette is what I have always known them back at my place. Besan Cheela is yet another name for the same. It's a protein loaded breakfast made with besan (chickpea flour) and water, whisked into a dosa batter like consistency. Turmeric, salt and coriander leaves are added. As with traditional egg based omlettes, lots of finely chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies go into this batter. Or you can leave it plain if you prefer.

Add more health if you will with finely chopped veggies like grated carrots, beans, cabbage or spinach. I love adding tomatoes, but that's totally optional (above pictured has no tomatoes, and the below pictured was made with tomatoes in the batter). My mom would use thinned yogurt to whisk the batter. It makes these pancakes softer and more flavorsome. She'd also place slices of Amul cheese on one half, turn over the other half of the omlette and cook till gooey and molten. The gooey cheese does something magical that no kid can ever refuse!

It's a healthy protein-rich breakfast dish that can keep you full and nourished for a couple of hours. It's good as a healthy evening snack if you plan to skip dinner. It is sure to satisfy your rumbling appetite.

You can serve these with some green chutney, but we've always had them with ketchup and I stick by it 😅. Besan omlette and ketchup is quite a combination! Well, it's memories you see.

Tomato Omlette

Besan Cheela | Vegan, Gluten-free Omelette


2 cups besan (also called as gram flour, chickpea flour, garbanzo flour)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 cup water
Oil for cooking


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and gradually add a cup of water to get smooth, dropping consistency batter, similar to the one we get when an egg is whipped.

Heat a non-stick pan/tava on a medium flame. Grease it well with a teaspoon of oil. Pour a ladle full of batter and spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Cover it with the lid and allow to cook for 4 to 5 minutes on a medium flame or till it browns in colour and the edges crisp. Open the lid, drizzle some oil and turn it upside down and cook the other side till it turns to brown in colour and crispy. Repeat the same process with the remaining batter. Serve hot with tomato sauce.

Served hot with either green chutney or tomato ketchup, this Besan Cheela is a lip smacking dish that easily makes up for an excellent eggless, vegan and gluten-free omlette with similar textures and flavors to that of it's egg-y counterparts, ofcourse devoid of that awful smell or taste from eggs. Gram flour has relatively high proportions of protein in comparison to other flours, so you'll not miss out on that. Though this is quite satisfying for our breakfast, this is a fantastic tea-time snack too. Simple and easy to make, it can be put together in less than 5 mins and is a good rescue for bachelor cooking or to serve at-the-drop-of-hat guests.


  1. The Besan Cheela looks so yum! I am drooling over this!

  2. WOW...looks colourful and delicious! How you been dear? ;)

  3. Yummy n colorful dosa :P Lovely presentation too!!

  4. Besan cheela looks colourful and absolutely droolworthy..

  5. I too like this n make it quite often...i like 2 stuff it in bread n eat..

  6. i make this thing in maida..this sounds very delicious..will try this out

  7. These taste suspiciously like pakoras, without all the fat and guilt. I make these often for my hungry kids when they come back from school.

    Right, being born vegetarian is easy, giving up meat must be tough, even tougher to be vegan...

  8. This sounds interesting....yummy

  9. Mallika,
    Following your blog..Therez something special at your elegant,I must say..
    Plz visit my space as time permits.Thanxs in advance!

  10. Thank you so much for all your warm comments.

    Deeps I am so glad you loved my space. Hope to see you more here. Will be glad to visit your's too.

    LOVE2COOK MALAYSIA♥, I am doing good. Thankfully been able to keep up with blogging despite the tight schedule!

  11. I love Besan Chillas.. Pictures looks great!

  12. looks delicious.. good substitute for eggs ...

  13. The besan chillas have come out really well. Pictures are great.

  14. I love this idea...and the photos have such a warm feeling...

    Gluten free food makes my Dad happy (he's GF), so we're always finding great recipes for him! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. the chilla came out perfect.! its always a go to breakfast for us too.. i dont have a problem substituting eggs in baking.. cakes, cookies or anything are far simpler without eggs. :)

  16. I liked your blog very much. Innovative recipe. Looks yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

  17. I don't really think about it to be honest. When I ate meat I never ate much anyway so it was relatively easy. I'm not going to say I didn't crave cheeseburgers but I'm here and 6 years in. Woo hoo!

  18. Yummmmmm... haven't made this in a long time. looks wonderful and fulfilling!

  19. love the colour of the any time fav ...looking very nice...good click..

  20. Made these for dinner - so good, even with a couple missing ingredients!

    Thank you. :) Inspiring option for an enthusiastic cook/eater of many foods who is realizing she can't have gluten or dairy.

  21. Have been dying to eat lip smacking gluten free snacks! Thank you so much for sharing this! :)