Tomato Omelette | Veg Omelette | Besan Cheela

besan chila

Tomato Omelette is a vegetarian omelette. This is vegan and gluten free recipe. Sometimes I think “why this is called as omelette?” Because when we say omelette, what comes to our mind is “eggs”. May be the same color or so. If you know the answer of this “why” then please comment below.

I have few answers now.

  1. This is vegan replacement of egg.
  2. Texture wise it resembles that of omelette.
  3. Add black salt in place regular salt. You will get very similar taste of egg omelette.

This is vegetarian version of omelette. Gram flour or chickpea flour is the best substitute for eggs. Tomato being the main ingredient the name is tomato omelette.

In hindi its called as Chilla or cheela or Besan ka chilla. You can also make chilla from other flours as well like moong dal chilla, aate ka chilla, sprouts chilla etc.

Basically these are crepes or savory pancakes from flours which are flavoured with onion, tomato and other aromatic spices.

While making tomato omelette we can also add variation to it. E.g. instead of tomato add grated potato or grated boiled potatoes to make crispy aloo chilla.

Serve these chilla with breads as sandwich. This will be more filling. I make these tomato omelette sandwich for my kid’s tiffin box.

Tomato omelette

Recipe Card for Tomato Omelette or Besan Chilla/ cheela

Tomato Omelette/ Besan Cheela

Tomato omelette is prepared by mixing gram flour, tomato, onion and other aromatic spices. These are gluten free shallow fried crepes.
Course Breakfast, Evening Snacks, Kids Special
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Keyword Easy Less than 30 minutes Recipe, sandwich for kids, Stuffed breads, tiffin box ideas for kids
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Ipsa Faujdar


  • 1 cup Gram flour/ Besan
  • 1 tsp Salt (or as per taste)
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic (crushed finely)
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 large Tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Coriander– 1tbsp chopped finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilli finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hing or asafoetida

For Shallow frying

  • 6 - 7 tbsp Refined Oil


  • Mix all ingredients mentioned above (except oil) in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup water gradually and stir well. Make a  smooth flowing batter. Make sure the batter is lumps free. 
  • Keep the pan on medium flame. Put one tbsp oil on it. When oil is hot put one ladle batter on it and spread evenly and lightly so that it won't break.. 
  • Cook it on low flame else it will turn brown at bottom without getting cooked evenly. it will take time to cook properly
  • Drizzle some oil from surrounding and let it turn color slightly on top of cheela.
  • Flip it to the other side. Let it cook for 3 mins more.
  • Remove from heat if it’s done completely. One tomato omelette will not take more than 5 minutes to get cooked in low to medium heat.
  • Garnish and serve with coriander chutney or tomato ketchup and bread toast.
    tomato omelette


The batter should not be very thick or very watery.
Tomato omelette

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