A few months back, as part of my Brunchcouver business, I brunched at a local joint here in my neighbourhood called Exile Bistro. It’s tiny–just 14 seats–but it focuses on vegan/vegetarian fare.
I had a fantastic vegan french toast, but my brunch companion tried the vegan omelette. Now, Vegan Omelette are two words that do not go together–the main ingredient in an omelette is eggs!
The main ingredient in this omelette is chickpea flour. In South Asian cuisine, this would be similar to a Pudla.
Now. Does it taste like eggs? Not really… all that much. But it really looks like an omelette, and you can make it taste more like an omelette by choosing ingredients to go inside.
I stuffed mine with some sauteed veggies, vegan bacon and melty Daiya cheese.
On a personal note, I found this to be quite tasty and satisfying. I don’t actually like the taste of eggs all that much, and I find them to be a little heavy and filling. This didn’t make me feel overstuffed (despite the fact I overstuffed the omelette *wink*).
It’s simple to make, but ideally you want to whip up the batter the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I made mine on my crepe pan, and it turned out perfectly!
Ingredients (for each omelette, scale if necessary)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp chickpea flour
- 1/2 cup non dairy milk
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp nooch (nutritional yeast)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Omelette fillings: sauteed vegetables, Daiya cheese, etc
- The night before, place all ingredients (except for the omelette fillings) in a bowl and mix well. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add a little oil for insurance. Pour the batter into the centre of the pan, and swirl it a little to make sure it all reaches the edges evenly.
- While it’s still a little damp in the middle, add your omelette fillings.
- Carefully fold the omelette over in half and continue to cook until done. Remove to a plate and serve.