1. Praying for Pubm … healing love coming ur way.
    Vaishali, this is a difficult time for u, so please take care of urself as well ( I say this particularly because under the given stress, u may neglect urself).
    I make cheelas too, with a variation, am planning a post on that, but may take me a while.

  2. Sending my prayers to Pubm…I was just thinking when I was making your eggless french toast …isnt there an eggless omelet and here is one 🙂

  3. Sending my prayers to Pubm. The thought itself is so painful. I hope the chemo works and she gets her appetite back. Also sending some strength your way to help you all deal with these hard times.

    Take care.

  4. Manasi, you are kind– thanks for your concern, and I am trying to make sure we eat well and get plenty of rest, although that is not usually easy. Right now we are too focused on our little girl.
    Looking forward to your chilla recipe. 🙂

    Mandarine, Mihl, Thanks, and Pubm sends you a cuddle 🙂

    Divya, thanks.

    Jain, Latha, Anon., thanks and Pubm says thanks too 🙂

    Priya, thanks!

    Richa, she got her first chemo dose yesterday but the chances that it will help are only 20 percent. With her parents pitching for her along with all of you, she just might make it. Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts. 🙂

    Jodye, Ashwin, Thanks!

    PriyaVaasu, thanks from me and Pubm!

  5. Wow – I had no idea you could get this ornate with chickpea flour for breakfast. 🙂 I loved socca, so this looks great! I can’t wait to try this. 🙂

  6. new to your blog, VERY Cool omelet!

    the rage with chickpea flour that ive seen lately in what many are calling socca has me really wishing I had ordered a bag of chickpea flour with my last online shopping order….soon, soon enough.

  7. I would try green juices for Pubm with some sort of liquid cat supplement mixed in. They’re really healing for humans, so it might be worth a shot.
    Get well Pubm! <3

  8. I made these a few nights ago, following your recipe–and they were fantastic! I used a slightly different vegetable mixture (what I had on hand), but they were still great. I’ll definitely be making these again! Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  9. Healing vibes to Pubm 🙁

    I just posted my version of a perfect traditional omelet – but must confess, the besan omelet is a weakness of mine, and mine don’t somehow come out this well – these are perfect!

    BTW, I have posted an eggless muffin recipe – but I do believe the flax you use in your muffins, makes a difference, Must try this next time

  10. Vaishali,

    I made these twice. Love them. Of course each time I added whatever veges I had handy. This time it was cabbage, scallions, tomato, green chilli.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Thank you SO much for posting this. I just tripped over this recipe while looking for some inspiration.

    Since becoming vegan, one of the odd things I missed was the omelet. I even have a little ceramic “non-stick” pan that was made specifically for omelets that has been very lonely.

    I’m looking forward to trying this!!

  12. I love the way you have described it “Eggless Vegetable Omelet” .. made a traditional Indian dish more understandable n easy to make for outsiders. Love your simple method too. I am a chilla-fan and reading it on your page has refreshed my love for it all the more. Good job ! 🙂

    • Hi, I tried leaving a comment on your spinach chillas, but something seems to be off. I really loved the idea of all that spinach in the pancakes and will be sure to add some spinach to the chillas the next time I make them. Thanks for your kind words about Holy Cow!

  13. This is also known as Besan Puda in India. We add finely chopped cabbage to the besan batter along with spices and make thin dosas out of it. Just for your info 🙂

  14. This is quite interesting. I have never tried this in my entire life. I do love eggs so maybe I will miss the egg flavour with this dish; however, this will certainly be a healthy choice. Thank you again for this post. I hope you keep posting recipes like this.

  15. I just happened to pick up some besan today from my local Indian market to use in a recipe from The Sexy Vegan cookbook. I was curious as to what else could be done with besan. I just came across your website about an hour ago. I am happy to report that my tummy and tastebuds are completely pleased because I wasted no time making a chilla with the veggies I had on hand. Where have chillas been all my life?!!! They will be making regular appearances from now on in this household.

  16. Please, I love the recipe except the bell pepper thing but please, do not depict an egg as something with an awful smell. Also, the cholesterol is not only present in eggs but in many other foods including “GHEE”, he he!

    I love the smell of egg and in things like a pound cake, it smells AWFULLY good! That reminds me of a Gujarati guy I had to take to Paris for work and he was a veg so he would not eat anything. In sheer frustration, I took him to a pastry shop thinking sweets may go down better but there too, he would not touch anything…because, even the icecream had eggs. Ah well!


    • Pradeep, This is a vegan blog so there are no foods with cholesterol — like ghee– here. Cholesterol is entirely an animal product and it does not exist in vegetable foods. Maybe it’s time you stopped eating those eggs because they’re clogging your arteries with every bite.

  17. If you were in front of me, I’d kiss you!! hee heee. I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe that reminded me of an omelette. Not just because I used to like omelettes, but I used to like their versatility and the ability to throw anything I want in there and feel satisfied. I have tried all sorts of vegan ‘replacements’ with tofu and tahini and all sorts of things, but none have worked. THIS WAS AMAZING. I’ve had it about 5 times in 3 days, not kidding. It is so so easy, it cooks well, it holds together and actually flips over, it is versatile and it tastes great! thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  18. I have to agree with Melina…this is FABULOUS!!! It is truly delicious. I have seen this before, but never made it until today. I had some wild ramps and some fiddleheads that I included. The ramps were fine diced and the fiddleheads were steamed and eaten as a filling of sorts. Delicious!!! Wonderfully seasoned!! Thank you!!!

  19. I love besan chilla and this recipe is very similar to what I use. Love quick snack recipes like these as they really help break the monotony of a bread-omellete breakfast and bread-jam evening snack routine.

  20. Hello again, Vaishali: Went to wholefoods (here in Florida, USA) and bought Garbanzo bean flour for the Besan Chilla. They have one package that says “Garbanzo bean and fava bean flour” and I was wondering if that would also taste good with your recipe?? I also “had” to grab “Gardeins holiday roast” which looks just awesome? Maybe your husband, Desi might like it…haha! Just kidding! Anyway, the dish came out delicious (have a great love for garbanzo beans, too) I even put mashed potato inside, and made the coconut chutney. Just added spinach as a side dish, and wow! Being new to cooking these foods makes it even more exciting! Thank you again. Just have a couple of questions? How do you best store leftovers? Also, I was told that “fresh cilantro” in the USA is the same as ” fresh Coriander.” And “bay leaves” are a good substitute for “Curry leaves.” Do you agree? Happy Sunday. Angela

    • Hi Angela, never heard of a garbanzo-fava flour mix– sounds like it worked in this recipe! I love the idea of mashed potato in there– more spuds never hurt a body. 🙂 With the leftovers of the besan chila, I would just store the batter in the refrigerator and make the chila hot before serving. Already cooked chilas won’t taste so great warmed up. And yes, coriander and cilantro are one and the same. But bay leaves are definitely not an appropriate substitute for curry leaves. Curry leaves have a very distinct and strong aroma and are quite different.
      Will try the pot roast on Desi! 🙂

  21. Hi Vaishali:

    I actually didn’t buy the garbanzo fava flour because they had the garbanzo flour by itself, but I probably would have if wholefoods didn’t have it stocked. In the near future, I will attempt to make it at home one day when I have more time, and a grinder!
    I am not usually one who likes to substitute (Just think that it will always alter an already perfect dish, even if slightly) but, as you may know, there are very few Indian grocers near me, and sometimes they don’t have certain herbs, etc. that I need for a recipe.
    Glad you agree that coriander and cilantro are the same, because I can’t find coriander anywhere!
    I have yet to find curry leaves, but I will keep trying. If I have to order every herb and spice, I will; that’s how much I love Indian foods.
    I will do exactly what you advised about storing leftovers.
    I haven’t tried the Holiday “Gardein” roast, and really don’t need the meaty textures as much anymore, but it’s so nice to have for the holidays. Read that “Trader Joes” has a nice meatless roast also. I guess you know that many markets do nowadays. Hope your husband likes it, and if he doesn’t, he is free to eat whatever he wants.
    Thank you so much again for your generous recipes.
    I’ll be reading, and love your photos, too.:)


  22. most of those spray oils are hydrogenated and terrible for your health esp. soy but i don’t want to get into that arguement. I would opt for and recommend un hydrogenated coconut oil. virgin (evco) is good. Eggs have a bad rap, also i love the smell of them, they have good cholesterol(hdl) and make bad cholesterol(ldl) into larger particles making less % change of clogging. cite: seem pretty reputable as they have also citations.
    I’d love to try this recipe though as my daughter is allergic to egg whites and it upsets her greatly that i’m unable to share morning omelettes with her. (shes 17 months and cries when im unable to share food off of my plate, lol.)

  23. I don’t like mushrooms so I made this with tomato and green pepper and it really turned out egg-like. It was great except for the fact that I was a bit too stingy with the salt. I think it would be good with something sweet added like corn.

  24. Nice post. It seems like a much healthier counterpart to egg omelets and it tastes great. Thanks for posting.

  25. Thank you for this and other delicious recipes…bless your lovely kitten and all the rest of us. My mother always includes mushrooms to her critters food. It help keep tumors down so I’ve been feeding my critter friends with it too. Thank you! Namaste`

  26. I made the chillas again for breakfast. I added finely chopped spinach and 1/4 cup of boiled quinoa to the batter.

    Very delicious indeed. Thanks

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