Savoury Chickpea Pancakes

In Breakfast, Dinner, Recipes by Muriel4 Comments

When I was thoroughly into my “veganising everything” phase, one of the holy grails of vegan cuisine that I was trying to crack, was a vegan ‘omelette’. As you can imagine, there are a bunch of recipes online and I tried a few: some were cool, some not so much, but all were a bit complex with a long list of ingredients. So when I realised that the most important ingredient of a vegan omelette is chickpea flour (besan), and that there’s actually a very old Indian tradition of savoury pancakes made with besan, I was like, damn—that’s all I need.

So here we are: the simplest savoury pancakes in the world. Call ’em vegan omelettes if you want (though they’re not as fluffy); but I’m happy with them as they are:

One part chickpea flour + one part water + add-ins for flavour. That. Is. It.

Serve them straight out of the pan, with fillings like sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach and salsa.

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5 from 1 vote

Savoury Chickpea Pancakes

The simplest savoury pancakes in the world, very reminiscent of omelettes. These are as easy as adding water to chickpea flour – and they're super high in protein and fibre!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Global, Indian
Keyword: gluten-free
Servings: 2 servings


  • Non-stick pan


For the pancakes

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cumin optional
  • 1 tsp ground coriander optional
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs optional
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

For the filling

  • ½ small red onion chopped
  • 100 g mushrooms sliced
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 2 tbsp salsa


  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk all the pancake ingredients (chickpea flour, water, spices, herbs, salt and pepper).
  • Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, and sauté the onions until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms, and sauté until soft.
  • Transfer for the onion and mushroom mix to a small bowl.
  • Into the same non-stick pan, pour the pancake batter, leaving a couple of centimeters around the edge.
  • Wait until bubbles form on the surface and that it's slightly dry, then flip.
  • After about 10 seconds, flip onto a plate.
  • Add some spinach (they'll wilt on the hot pancake), the mushroom mix, tomatoes and some salsa.
  • Fold the pancake over (omelette-style) and serve immediately.


  1. 5 stars
    My new fav for breakfast. Just change up the fillings and it’s different al the time

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