Feb 6, 2013

Besan Poora

Besan Poora  / Besan Omelette - A tasty  & Nutritious pan cake, made of besan (gram flour), chopped tomatoes, coriander – mint leaves, green chilli and onion. Serve as a snack or breakfast dish with tomato sauce / chutneys / pickle. Basic recipe  from Hawkins Futura 22 cm Hard Anodised Frying pan !!

Makes: 3 - 4


Please use same measuring  cup to measure besan and water.

1 cup ( Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) besan ( gram flour / chone pitti / kadala maav )

½ to ¾ cup water

2 tablespoon, finely chopped onion (or 1 small size onion, chopped)

1 tomato, finely chopped

1 green chilli, finely chopped

2 tablespoon finely chopped mint and coriander leaves (do not add thick stem)

1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )

2 - 3 teaspoon oil

Tomato sauce / coconut or green chutney for serving


Sieve besan twice.

In a wide bowl, mix besan with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilli, salt and chopped coriander leaves.

Make batter with water (1/2 to ¾ cup – depending upon the texture of the gram flour) and the batter should be of dropping / pouring consistency (like normal dosa batter). Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Heat a tawa / frying pan (or omelette pan) on medium heat.  Apply little oil. Pour 1 ladleful of batter and spread it in a circle of 1/4 - inch thickness. Do not cook on high heat. 

Cover with a lid and cook on a medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes until outer side well cooked. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon extra oil if required.

Turn it over and cook the other side ( till well cooked and golden color) ). Carefully remove it with a flat spatula. Serve hot with green chutney / tomato sauce / coconut chutney / pickle..

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