Wednesday, 12 April 2017

CHICKPEAS (GARBANZO BEANS) FLOUR CREPE

CHICKPEAS (GARBANZO BEANS) FLOUR CREPE

BESAN KA CHILLA


 

Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans or Egyptian beans. India is the largest producer and user of chickpeas. Throughout India, in almost all states and in their cuisines, many snacks, appetisers, burgers, curries, stews, soups, savoury snacks, salads, chats and many sweet items are made with either chickpea or with chickpeas flour.



Though they are a prominent feature in Indian cuisine, chickpeas are getting their popularity and used by many people and in many cuisines throughout the world. In middle Eastern cuisine hummus and falafel are very famous in which the main ingredient is chickpea. In Morocco, they are cooked with couscous. In Greek cuisine, salad is served with chickpeas and feta. Chickpea is also famous in Ethiopian, Caribbean, Portuguese, Mexican, Spanish cuisines and many Asian countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh cuisines as well.




Recently vegan people have started using chickpea as an egg-white replacement to make aquafaba which is used to make many items like vegan meringue. I already posted the recipe of aquafaba and vegan meringue on my blog. Check here-http://herbsspicesandtradition.blogspot.ca/2016/05/vegan-meringue-and-how-to-make-aquafaba.html



Chickpeas are the most versatile ingredient in Indian kitchen and not only are they one of the best sources of vegetarian protein but also have a lot of health benefits. It is also so versatile that every time we make something savoury or sweet, the results are so different that one cannot recognise that the same ingredient (chickpea flour) is used. I wrote a very interesting story about an Emperor of India who survived on only one grain that is chickpeas flour for many years. Read the story here.http://herbsspicesandtradition.blogspot.ca/2015/11/besan-ke-laddoo-sweet-balls-with.html



It is advised that breakfast being the first meal of the day, should include some protein with a small amount of carbohydrate. So this recipe can be a perfect healthy recipe for vegetarians as it is full of protein with a few vegetables. This recipe can be called as vegetarian omelette which can be enjoyed with a slice of toast and any chutney or ketchup of your taste.



This is my mother-in-law's recipe, I have added onion to her recipe. She was not eating onion or garlic.





RECIPE



INGREDIENTS



  • 1/2 cup chickpeas flour
  • one small tomato (100 grams)
  • one small onion ( 100 grams)
  • Small piece of English cucumber (100grams)
  • A small piece of ginger
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Pinch soda-bi-carbonate
  • One tablespoon oil for each crepe
  • Water to make thick paste



METHOD

  • Finely chop all the vegetables
  • Mix salt, black pepper in chickpeas flour and make a thick paste.
  • Heat the frying pan or a flat skillet pan.
  • Mix soda-bi-carbonate and all the vegetables in a thick paste.
  • Grease the frying pan with a little oil
  • Take batter in a serving spoon and spread on a pan in a round shape.
  • With a spoon, put some drops of oil on all sides of the crepe, once golden brown, turn it and roast the other side.
  • Fold and cut into two pieces and serve hot with any chutney or ketchup of your taste.





28 comments:

  1. A regular meal at our home... chilas. I like to serve them for dinner with salad as hubbybanf I are trying to eat light meals for dinner. One can add any veggie to the batter.

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    1. Oh, that is nice, Mayuri. Ya, you can eat any vegetables.Thanks for your comment dear.

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  2. A good option for breakfast...

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  3. Prefer chillas for dinner, and these are just Delicious and perfect for dinner

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    1. That is a good idea. Thanks for your comment dear.

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  4. Everything looks delicious, just that the name is misleading - omelette is supposed to be non-veg ☺️
    Is that an official name or you like to call it that?

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    1. Hi Alok, the name is crepe, I am just calling it omelette so that people can understand :). Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Oooh...these look delicious, Sadhna, and wonderfully healthy - they would make a lovely breakfast! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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  6. Yum! These look delicious. I love chickpeas but have never tried chickpeas flour. The cucumber and tomato probably taste great with it!

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  7. I never realized that chickpeas were so versatile and I must say I really enjoyed reading the story of the king too. That's what makes your recipes so wonderful Sadhna, all the information and history you share. I can't wait to try these crepes

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    1. Hi Michelle, yes chickpea and it's flour is really versatile,thanks for reading he story of the King and for your comment dear. XO

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  8. My mom has celiacs and my sister is allergic to eggs. You have a breakfast food they can BOTH eat! Amazing!

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    1. Hi Helen, yes chickpeas flour is a good alternative to egg, you can try this recipe, you will like it.

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  9. I am seriously drooling over here! It's been forever since I've had any chickpeas. I definitely need to get some the next time I go to the grocery.

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  10. This looks so nice! Thank you for sharing with Eat Your Greens!

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  11. These do look super tasty and easy. thanks for joining us today for meatless Monday

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  12. I love savory breakfasts with veggies, this looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Alison for your visit and the comment.

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  13. Healthy crepes and they look delicious too..

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  14. Sadhna, we love hummus, and I love garbanzo beans on a salad, but I've yet to try chickpea flour. This recipe might be the one that gets me on the bandwagon. These Crepes look delish, and you know I love my crepes! LOL The addition of veggies would give me a great start in the morning. Pinning to come back to again and again!

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    1. I am very sure, if you try them, you will like it. Thanks for your visit and the comment.

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