Recipe & Ritual | Spices & Herbs

Chickpea pancakes

AKA Besan ka Puda
Besan ka puda - Chickpea ommelete
Is it a Pizza, is it an omelette, no it’s another flatbread. This versatile recipe and it’s unique texture can be adapted to suit any of the said dishes, but I think the closest description is that of a pancake. If you are vegan this truly is a great alternative to an omelette, and like eggs, Chickpeas are packed with protein.  It is easy to cook and fun to be creative with this recipe, experiment with different toppings, fillings, dough mixtures, the variations are endless. The spices are essential in this recipe.  Chickpeas are known to cause bloating so Ajwain helps to relieve it and not least for its taste that suits many types of bread and the Gharam masala helps with digestion.  Oh, and they taste amazing too!  
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 262kcal
Cost £2


Spices & Herbs

  • 0.5 tsp Garam masala
  • 4 tbsp Fenugreek leaves Soak in hot water for 10mins
  • 1 tsp Ajwain
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Mango powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1.25 tsp Salt Adjust to taste


  • 180 g Gram flour remove lumps by sieving
  • 250 ml Water

For cooking

  • 3 tbsp Butter or Ghee/oil


  • Non-stick pan


  • Prepare the Fenugreek leaves by soaking them in boiling hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Melt a small dollop of butter on a non-stick pan
  • Turn the heat to a medium heat.
    * If it's too low the pancake will dry, if it's too high then it will burn
  • Pour in a ladle of the mix into the pan after the butter has melted and sizzling.
    Cook for approx 1 minute.
  • When the top of the pancake is no longer runny then you can flip it over.
    * Use a large spatula to make this easier.
    Cook for approx a minute and a half.
  • Flip back to the other side and cook for a little while longer.
    * Both sides should be lightly browned.


  • Serve with a topping or side of your choice., here's a few ideas:
    1. Yogurt
    2. Hoummous
    3. Salad: Avacado, Feta and cucumber with sprouted seeds.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
Recipe variations

* Use it as a pizza base and grill some cheese with topping.

* Boil and mash potatoes into the mix

* Boil and dice potatoes, add to the mix to make a vegan tortilla

* Chop up spinach and half a tomato into the mix

* Fry some onion, chilli, garlic and ginger into and then add it to the mix

* Thinly chop up your favourite vegetables into the mix

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