Tomato Omelette | Eggless Vegetarian Omelette Recipe

Step by Step Recipe to Make Tomato Omelette, an Indian Vegetarian and Vegan Eggless Omelette Recipe made with chickpea flour and tomatoes. Easy instant breakfast recipe popular in Maharashtra.

Tomato Omelette | Eggless Vegetarian Omelette Recipe

Tomato Omelette is an eggless or vegetarian omelette recipe made with gluten free chickpea flour (garbanzo beans or besan), tomatoes, basic Indian spices and pantry staples. It is served with a side of coriander chutney, ketchup and bread slices as breakfast or quick snack.

You must be wondering – Omelette without an Egg? Sounds strange, right?

It quite resembles a spicy omelette, doesn’t it?

Best part is that its vegetarian, made with gluten free chickpea flour and vegan too!

Tomato Omelette is very similar to Besan Chilla and widely popular in Maharashtra. The only difference being, in case of former, more tomatoes are used to make it tangy and delicious. This dish is quite popular on the menu in Udipi hotels of Mumbai.

Folks who are unacquainted with the term “Chilla” – It is an Indian Savory pancake made with gram flour or sometimes with soaked and ground lentils too. It is eaten as breakfast as its protein rich.

An exceptionally quick breakfast option to whip up during rush hour and can be eaten as breakfast, snack or brunch. You basically have to dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and make omelette – That simple!

Since the batter is instantly made you don’t have to worry about soaking the ingredients the previous night.

I have to admit – While Besan Chilla might be the best North Indian Breakfast, the Mumbaikar in me roots for Tomato Omelette.

Tomato Omelette reminds me of college days and post lecture hangouts with friends. I worked all my way through college and some days when I was lucky and given a weekly off from work, I used to enjoy a plate of this omelette post classes.

In Udipi restaurants, the omelette is served with a slice of bread slathered with Amul butter and a side of ketchup, chutney. Exactly the way we enjoy eating it at home as well.

The recipe requires basic ingredients and can serve as a filling breakfast or brunch on weekends. You can always make ahead extra omelettes and stock them in the refrigerator to make grilled omelette sandwiches the next day. They taste so good!

Tomato Omelette | Eggless Vegetarian Omelette Recipe
Mini Tomato Omelette for kids

A kid friendly snack or breakfast, this packs well in their school lunch box or great to serve as after school snack too.

You can add a variety of vegetables to this basic batter. Finely chopped capsicum, steamed corn and grated vegetables like carrots, zucchini or beetroot are some of examples.

Love Tomatoes? Do check out – Tomato Rice, Tomato Chutney, Tomato Soup without Cream or Cornflour and Tomato Pachadi (Raita).

Tomato Omelette – Step by Step Recipe

Out of the 3 tomatoes, roughly chop and puree 2 tomatoes and finely chop 1 tomato and keep aside

Tomatoes
pureeing the tomatoes

In a bowl, sift both the flours (besan and rice).

sifted flours - besan and rice

To the bowl, add finely chopped onions, ginger, green chillies, finely chopped coriander leaves, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and hing or asafoetida.

ingredients for tomato omelette

Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and mix.

Adding the tomato puree
Chopped tomatoes

Now add some water and salt to taste. Mix well using a whisk until it forms batter consistency. Ensure there are no lumps.

Mixing the tomato omelette batter
tomato omelette batter is ready

Heat a flat tava or griddle, pour few drops of oil, wipe the surface with a kitchen paper towel.

Carefully pour a ladle of the omelette batter on the hot tava and spread it in a circular motion.

cooking the omelette on hot tava

Drizzle oil on all sides and let it cook until the edges have turned slightly brown.

Using a spatula, carefully flip the omelette and cook on the other side as well.

tomato omelette is ready to serve

Once both sides have cooked, serve the omelette with bread slices, chutney and ketchup.

Recipe Notes –

  • Sift both flours for best results and a light batter.
  • Brown rice flour can be replaced with regular rice flour.
  • Pureeing the tomatoes leads to a slightly tangy batter. It also gives lovely colour.
  • Please note that the water quantity given in the recipe is the approximate value. Add or reduce the quantity, if required.
  • The batter is instant and does not require resting.
  • Both the flours used are gluten free in nature. Skip asafoetida or hing, for a 100% gluten free recipe.
  • Hing is added to aid digestion. It is added for all lentil, besan or chickpea flour based recipes in Indian cuisine.
  • The recipe is Vegan.

Other Instant Breakfast Recipes on the blog –

Oats Chilla

Sattu Vegetable Pancakes

Sprouts Chilla (Moong Sprouts)

Tomato Omelette | Eggless Vegetarian Omelette Recipe

Tomato Omelette | Eggless Vegetarian Omelette Recipe

Vidya Narayan
Tomato Omelette is an easy Vegetarian, Eggless, Vegan Omelette recipe made with gluten free chickpea flour or besan, tomatoes and few other pantry staples. Easy to make Instant breakfast recipe best served with a slice of bread, coriander chutney and tomato ketchup. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings 12 nos

Equipment

  • Mixer Grinder for Pureeing Tomatoes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cup Besan (Garbanzo Flour / Chickpea Flour / Gram Flour)
  • ½ cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 3 nos Tomatoes 2 tomatoes pureed and 1 chopped
  • ¾ cup Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (grated)
  • 1 – 2 nos Green Chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder or Haldi Powder
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida or Hing
  • 1 ½ cup Water Read Notes Below
  • salt to taste
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves as required

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, sift both the flours (besan and rice).
  • To the bowl, add finely chopped onions and tomatoes, ginger, green chillies, finely chopped coriander leaves, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and hing or asafoetida
  • Add the tomato puree and mix. Now add some water and salt to taste. Mix well using a whisk until it forms batter consistency. Ensure there are no lumps.
  • Heat a flat tava or griddle, pour few drops of oil, wipe the surface with a kitchen paper towel.
  • Carefully pour a ladle of the omelette batter on the hot tava and spread it in a circular motion.
  • Drizzle oil on all sides and let it cook until the edges have turned slightly brown. Using a spatula, carefully flip the omelette and cook on the other side as well.
  • Once both sides have cooked, serve the omelette with bread slices, chutney and ketchup.

Notes

  1. Sift both flours for best results and a light batter.
  2. Brown rice flour can be replaced with regular rice flour.
  3. Pureeing the tomatoes leads to a slightly tangy batter. It also gives lovely colour.
  4. Please note that the water quantity given in the recipe is the approximate value. Add or reduce the quantity, if required.
  5. The batter is instant and does not require resting.
  6. Both the flours used are gluten free in nature. Skip asafoetida or hing, for a 100% gluten free recipe.
  7. Hing is added to aid digestion. It is added for all lentil, besan or chickpea flour based recipes in Indian cuisine.
  8. The recipe is Vegan.
Keyword easy breakfast recipes, instant breakfast recipes, tomato omelette, vegetarian omelette
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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. jyo

    Simple but beautiful recipe, love the addition of tomato puree which gives a nice tangy kick to our taste buds, perfect for busy moms and tiffin boxes too? lovely new week Vidya?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Adding puree helps in even spreading of the mixture and the pickly eaters, read – kids end up happily eating than picking out the tomato bits as they are sour. Thank you my dear for all the kind words.

  2. I love tomato omlette too..Love to eat with bread, plain roti or just alone with tomato along with side salad..I usually make it at my home but never tried with rice or adding tomato purée your version of tomato looks really tempting me to try your version..Thanks for sharing dear ? recipe of tomato omlette in your style..love it !!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      My pleasure entirely. We both are big fans of this I can see that clearly so I should try your version sometime too. Thank you so much dear.

  3. Nisha

    IAfter reading, ‘m curious to know how this will taste so will definitely try it ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Anshu Agarwal

    I have been preparing this but I used to add chopped tomatoes only, loved the idea of using tomato puree and
    then stuffing this between pav..Thank you for this amazing share !!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Glad you liked it dear, the puree brings even tanginess and ability to pour the batter evenly on the griddle too.

  5. Md Tarikul Molla

    We both are big fans of this I can see that clearly so I should try your version sometime too. Thank you so much dear.

  6. Malini

    Wow. Looks so yummy.. My mom used to make this, we call it as veg masala omelette. Love your photography as well.

  7. mayurisjikoni

    Tomato omelette or chila whatever whoever wants to call it, but it looks like a wholesome and filling snack. I never would have thought of serving chilas with bread, but will do so to make it as a brunch treat.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I am sure you will love it, my husband doesn’t eat it minus a bread now.

  8. Jagruti

    Tomato omelette is for non-Indians, for us desi is tameta ka chilla 🙂 Such a healthy and delicious dish one can have, especially when you are on a Low carb diet this recipe is bliss!

  9. This sounds like the perfect brunch dish, savoury, spicy and tasty. It looks a little like pudla / chila we make but they are thinner nad like pancakes.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Agree with you Nayna and yes the pudlas are thinner, love them too.

  10. This sounds like the perfect brunch dish, savoury, spicy and tasty. It looks a little like pudla / chila we make but they are thinner and like pancakes. I love that you can serve it between bread rolls.

  11. Amrita

    What a great recipe!Vegetarians would literally hog this to eternity!Wow!

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