Besan no poro

Besan no poro

Chickpea flour omelette

Mr Todiwala's Bombay
Helen Cathcart

This is a simple masala omelette made with chickpea flour (also known as besan flour), and eggs. These omelettes can also be eaten along with vegetable dishes instead of bread or chapattis. Alternatively, sandwich together with thin slices of cucumber and tomato inside and cut into wedges. For those who don’t eat egg, you can follow this recipe using just the chickpea flour.


Quantity Ingredient
30-35g chickpea flour
2 eggs
1 onion, chopped
1 plum tomato, chopped
1 large green chilli, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt, to taste
2-3 tablespoons sunflower or rapeseed oil

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
hot and sweet chutney
granulated sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
lime juice, for drizzling (optional)
* makki ki roti [rid:9901]
or * chapattis [rid:9926]


  1. Sift the chickpea flour in a deep bowl and add enough water to make a smooth paste. Break the eggs in and beat the mixture. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  2. Taste and season as desired. The batter should be that of a pancake so it should be the consistency of pouring cream. If too thick you will get a heavy omelette, as it will not spread well in the pan, so add a splash more water, if necessary.
  3. Heat a heavy-based, non-stick frying pan. Add a little oil and tilt to coat the pan. Stir the batter well, add a third or half the batter, depending on the size of your pan. Swirl the pan to coat the base with the batter.
  4. Let one side cook until golden brown underneath over a medium heat. When just set, flip over and cook the other side.
  5. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter to make two or three omelettes. Serve hot with mango chutney, or sprinkle with some sugar and drizzle with lime juice. Alternatively, try spreading the omelette with a little chopped chutney, roll up and eat!
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