I’m always looking for time savers, particularly when it comes to breakfast. Though I love chickpea omelets, especially as a break from the oatmeal I eat most days, I’m not often in the mood to measure all the seasonings I need to make them taste the way I like. So a few weeks ago, I decided to experiment with making a mix that I could fix ahead of time and keep in the fridge so I could put together an omelet any time I like. And I’ve been enjoying chickpea omelets for breakfast (and lunch) ever since!
The recipe is based on my Chickpea Flour Omelets with Asparagus, but I’ve tinkered with it to get the seasonings just right–flavorful but “generic” enough that they go with whatever ingredients I choose to fill them with. Now all I have to do is mix 1/3 of a cup of the pre-made mix with 1/3 cup of water, chop a few favorite veggies, and cook them like pancakes. A bit of sriracha mayo or Roasted Red Pepper Dressing takes them from delicious to sublime.
My favorite way to make these is to stir the omelet “filling” right into the batter (that’s baby kale and roasted red peppers in the photos). Almost any fast-cooking vegetable will do, as long you don’t add too much. You can also make them more like traditional omelets by folding them over a filling, but to me, that’s just more work. I like to keep things simple in the morning.
So consider this my holiday gift to you: omelets any day of the week!
Chickpea Omelet Mix
- 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour (superfine gram flour or besan or garbanzo-fava flour)
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt if desired
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon black salt (kala namak)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Store in refrigerator in tightly sealed container.
- To use: Stir mix before each use. Mix one heaping 1/3 cup with 1/3 cup water. Stir well and allow to stand for a few minutes to thicken. If desired, add up to 1/2 cup finely chopped quick-cooking vegetables, such as spinach, kale, roasted red pepper, kalamata olives, or tomatoes, to the batter. You may also add pre-cooked ingredients, such as mushrooms or broccoli, as long as they are chopped small. If the batter seems too thick (thicker than pancake batter), add water a little at a time until thinned.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Spoon in half of the batter and spread it evenly in a circle approximately 4 to 5-inches in diameter. You want it to be on the thin side rather than thick. Cover the pan and cook, checking often, until the top is no longer shiny wet looking and the underside is light to medium brown (lift a corner with a spatula to check). Flip over and cook the other side, with the lid on, for another minute or two. Make sure that the center isn’t uncooked (raw chickpea flour tastes BAD). Place on plate and keep warm until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Two omelets equals 1 serving or 1/3 cup of mix.
You can also make filled omelets by preparing a filling beforehand (sauted mushrooms and kale, seasoned black beans, etc.) Prepare omelet as above, adding the filling after the first side is well done and folding one side of the omelet over the filling. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes to complete cooking.
*Chickpea flour or besan and black salt can be found for low prices in Indian grocery stores, but if you can’t find them locally, you can order them online.
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Note: I’ve begun replacing my traditional non-stick pans with ones that are free of PTFE and PFOA. I use this moderately priced skillet to make these omelets.
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