I have wanted to make chickpea omelets for quite a while but I could not find chickpea flour in St Lucia. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are chock full of nutrients. They are an excellent source of plant based protein, iron and other minerals. They have a nutty flavor meaty texture and are very versatile. While you can find chickpeas at most grocery stores, I had not even seen chickpea flour at the health food shops. This all changed a few months ago when I walked into a specialty shop and mid eastern grocery and saw a large bag of chickpea flour at a very affordable price. It was a game changer!
I started researching and found a recipe that worked well for me. Chickpea omelettes went into heavy rotation in my breakfast routine. But then, we were hit with a global pandemic and I could not find chickpea flour but I was used to my omelettes for breakfast. That is when I learned how to make chickpea flour.
Chickpea flour is very easy to make. All you need is a blender or coffee grinder and chickpeas. I have the mini blender jar for my Oster blender. I thought it would be better suited for this and I was right. I filled it halfway and got to work. It was the loudest racket I ever heard. I stuck with it and in a few minutes the chickpeas had turned into a mix of flour meal. I strained it and put the meal left in the blender a few more times. One cup of beans gave me two cups of flour.
Now that I had my flour I could get to work making my omelettes.
Chickpea Flour Omelette
- 1 ¼ cup chickpea flour
- ¼ cup rice flour
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- Finely chopped vegetables
- Herbs and spices
- Finely chopped meats
- Preheat a greased skillet.
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Slowly add water a few tablespoons at a time until you have a paste that is easy to pour.
- Pour the batter into the hot skillet.
- As it cooks gently lift the edges to loosen the omelette.
- Flip and let it cook until both sides are golden brown.
- Enjoy as you would a regular omelette.
I love adding tomato, broccoli and chicken to my omelette. Sometimes I enjoy it with ketchup; other times I put some homemade guacamole on top. I always make a giant batch of the dry mixture and I treat it like an instant omelette mix. I just add water and toppings when I am hungry. It is a nice way to save time in the morning. If I really want to sleep in, I might make the omelette the night before and reheat it in the morning.
I am so happy I figured out how to make chickpea four. I am not sure if I will keep doing it after the pandemic because it is rather time consuming. If I could find an affordable flour mill I would definitely keep doing it.
Have you ever made flour? What is your favorite go to breakfast?
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