Tomato Omelette

Tomato Omelette – A Quick and Delicious Vegetarian Breakfast or Brunch Recipe made with fresh juicy tomatoes and basic spices at home. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Tomato Omelette

Tomato Omelette

Tomato Omelette is one of our eternal favourite breakfast recipe at home, a filling and healthy breakfast if you make this with less oil, of course and when paired with the spicy coriander chutney and nestled between the quintessential Mumbai Bread, Pav or Pao, this is the best breakfast platter ever!

I usually make this on weekends and we skip our lunch post a heavy breakfast. Chickpea flour or Gram flour is extremely filling. If you have read my recent post on Dakor na Gota, a regional snack from Gujarat that I made for a challenge recently which is usually deep fried and uses chickpea or Gramflour as the prime ingredient was transformed into a low oil non-fried snack option cooked in an appe pan. Just 4-5 pieces of the gotas were enough to keep you full. Another post Besanwali Shimla Mirch ki Sabzi highlights the importance of using chickpea flour in the right way could be beneficial for both the skin and body. Do check out the post if you are interested to make another low oil main course recipe.

I was introduced to this dish way back in my college days when we friends used to decide a day in a month where pocket money (limited ofcourse) was used to dine in a restaurant. Being a Commerce Student, my college always got over by 11 am and hence having breakfast was the only option with us. While I completely restrict myself from eating south Indian food out. I mean, why have the same meals out cooked at home right? Also, home made south Indian goodies taste way better and different in terms of quality, flavor and taste at home rather than in most Udipi joints. For starters, we don’t like our Sambar to taste like sugar syrup, prefer lot of coconut and usually the idlis are also rice and lentil based not idli rava based. While my friends gorged on masala dosas and idli wada sambar, I preferred having this tomato omelette that came with a slice of bread and butter, green coriander chutney and some tomato ketchup on the side.

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This is also one of the first breakfasts that I cooked for Narayan at home during our courtship period as I learnt that he loved it and more so the green coriander chutney that I make. My husband before he turned an entrepreneur, along with his colleagues at work had a small Breakfast Potluck group wherein once in a week, they all took turns and shared different snacks and had it together in their office canteen. Some days, it was south Indian from my end but most of the days, the demand for my tomato omelette was always high with extra boxes of green chutney on the side. The box always came home completely wiped clean. I grilled the tomato omelette in between two slices of bread which were spread with a layer of butter followed by green chutney and then the pieces of tomato omelette carefully placed and grilled to perfection. Earlier, I never baked my own bread but since over a year, I have started doing that as well so everything becomes home made or made from scratch, you can say.

Narayan loves eating the omelette with pav more than the bread these days. Again, the Homemade Eggless pav recipe never fails and doesn’t need the extra butter love too .. Hot and fresh from oven, can be directly consumed with the freshly cooked tomato omelettes. Whenever I make these, I always ensure I cook 3-4 extra omelettes that could be heated and had the next day. Leftovers taste the best. How many agree on this?

Call it anything, besan ka chilla or Omelette or veg omelette or tomato besan chilla but for me, this will always be the priceless memory of college days when saving money to have my favourite tomato omelette sandwich from an Udipi Joint was a joyous occasion. The moments of laughter, gossip, joint studies group, those carefree days will always remain a fond memory in my heart.

Ingredients for making the Tomato Omelette

Prep Time – 10 to 15 mins

Cook time – 20 mins

Makes 6 small sized Tomato Omelettes

  1. Gram Flour or Besan – 1 cup
  2. Rice Flour – 1 tblsp
  3. Puree of 1 tomato + 1 chopped tomato
  4. Onion – 1 medium sized finely chopped
  5. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  6. Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
  7. Hing – ¼ tsp
  8. Ajwain or Carrom seeds – ¼ tsp
  9. Finely chopped green chillies – 1 tblsp
  10. Minced ginger – 1 tsp
  11. Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tblsp
  12. Salt as per taste
  13. Water – 1 cup to prepare a batter.
  14. Oil – few tblps as required to cook the omlette


    • In a bowl, add the gram flour, rice flour, tomato puree, chopped pieces of tomatoes, finely chopped – onions, coriander leaves, green chillies.
    • Add ajwain or carrom seeds, minced ginger, salt as per taste along with turmeric and red chilli powder.
    • Mix everything well before adding water as required to make a smooth batter consistency.
    • Heat a tawa or griddle. Add a drop of oil on the tava and season it well by using a kitchen paper towel or half a potato or onion. Seasoning helps in acquiring a non-sticky dosa / omelette always.
  • Now pour the batter with the help of the ladle and drizzle some oil on the sides and allow it to cook on both sides before serving hot.

Vidya Narayan

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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. 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. 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 it !!

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

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

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

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

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

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