Omelettes are delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be enjoyed plain, flavored, or filled. This vegan omelette substitutes eggs for plant-based ingredients.
This vegan omelette recipe is a delicious ‘eggy’ twist on a traditional north Indian pancake dish, called chilla or cheela. Although chilla can be made from a range of different flours and ingredients, we have used a mixture of split moong dal and chickpea flour to achieve a delicious and healthy recipe that can be filled and flavored however you like!
Read on for an easy vegan omelette recipe and six ideas for fillings and toppings.
Vegan Omelette Recipe
There are quite a few vegan egg replacements available in stores. However, they are often a little expensive and might contain preservatives and added ingredients. Moong dal is high in fiber, rich in potassium, and can be found in stores or on Amazon**. All you need for this vegan omelette is a high-speed blender and some time to soak the lentils overnight. As always, we advise purchasing organic ingredients where possible.
Makes 4-6 (depending on how thick you like your omelettes)
- 1 cup split moong dal
- 3/4 cup homemade oat milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp. chickpea flour
- 1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
- 3/4 tsp. black salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- neutral oil for frying
- Wash the moong dal in a few rounds, changing the water each time. Cover in fresh water and soak overnight.
- Drain the dal and add to a blender with the oat milk and water. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more oat milk if necessary. Pour into a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Stir in the chickpea flour, turmeric and spices.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan, and ladle around 1/3 cup of batter into the center. Fry on medium until the top of the omelette has dried. Move to a plate and eat plain or filled.
Spice Up Your Batter
The quickest and simplest way to fill your vegan omelette is to add some extra ingredients to the batter. This reduces the need for extra pots, pans, and energy for cooking. One or a combination of the following will add extra flavor, texture, and nutritional benefits.
- Finely chop a small onion and add to the batter after blending the lentils.
- Wash and grate a carrot and add it to the batter after blending.
- Mix in some fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley or oregano.
- Dice a small pepper and add it to the batter after blending.
Make It a Spanish-Style Vegan Omelette
Spanish tortilla is delicious, and often difficult to find if you are vegan. Although adding garlic to a traditional recipe may be controversial, it is delicious.
- Slice and fry two large potatoes and a small onion in a pan. Add in a few chopped garlic cloves towards the end of cooking.
- Make the base vegan omelette mixture and pour it into a large bowl.
- Add the hot potato and onion to the batter and mix. Pour this back into the frying pan and cook on medium heat until done.
Mushrooms fried with onions, garlic, and fresh herbs would make a delicious filling for breakfast or lunch. Cook at the same time as the omelette, and add to the center before folding over.
Top With Avocado
Although avocado production does use a lot of water, they are more sustainable in pretty much all measures than animal and dairy products. The carbon footprint of one avocado is around 0.19 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents, whereas it takes four kilograms of carbon dioxide to produce the same amount of beef. Try to source your organic avocados from California or Florida to be as sustainable as possible.
Cook the omelette until the edges are crisp and the top is dry, move it to a plate, and fold over. Add sliced avocado, fresh cherry tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro.
Sprinkle Vegan Cheese
A cheesy omelette served with a fresh garden salad is an excellent lunch. Add some vegan mozzarella, cheddar, or feta to the omelette as it cooks.
Add Crispy Vegan Bacon
You could always crumble some vegan tempeh bacon onto the batter after ladling it into the pan. Serve with fresh arugula salad.
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