Pudla, Vegan Omelet with Cilantro Mint Chutney

Growing up, my mom would often make pudla, savory gram flour pancakes, as a quick lunch or snack when we were in a rush. Pudla, or “besan chilla” in Hindi, are super quick because all you do is shred up pretty much any vegetable you have on hand like zucchini, carrots, beets, boiled potato, peas…trust me anything goes and mix in some gram flour, salt and water.  Then you just cook the batter like pancakes and serve them with chutney.  Super simple!

Puda with Chutney (Vegan Omelette)

Pudla is something I rediscovered in my mid-twenties long after I’d moved away from home and had a craving for them.  I made some with carrots, the only vegetable I had on hand, and really enjoyed them.

Puda Batter

Spreading the puda batter

Besan, or gram flour, is made out of brown chana (garbanzo beans). It is a great substitute for egg if you want to make a vegan omelet. When I worked for the Sierra Club for a summer in 2001, a vegan coworker told me about the vegan omelet.  I had no idea what she was talking about at first but quickly realized it was something I had been eating all my life. Pudla!

Now that Steve and I are trying the vegan experiment ourselves, I am looking forward to eating various versions of this super simple and healthy dish. Today, I whipped up a batch of pudla with zucchini for lunch.  A delicious lunch that took less than 20 minutes!

Puda with Chutney (Vegan Omelette)

Pudla, Vegan Omelet with Cilantro Mint Chutney

A vegan omelet made with besan (chickpea flour) and Indian flavors
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: besan, omelette, vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 316kcal



  • 1 zucchini grated can substitute carrot, peas, boiled potato, beets, opo squash, or spinach
  • 1 cup gram flour aka besan
  • ¼ cup rice flour optional but it helps crisp up the pancakes
  • ½ serrano chili
  • 1 tsp whole cumin powdered cumin will work too
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water may need a little more or less

Cilantro Mint Chutney

  • 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 serrano chili chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water


Puda Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients and add water until you get a batter like consistency.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet on medium high with a little oil.
  • Add the batter when the pan is nice and hot and spread as thin as you can with the back of a spoon or ladle. Work fast before it sets.
  • Let it cook on one side for about 2 minutes and flip.
  • Let cook for an additional minute and serve.

Cilantro Mint Chutney Instructions

  • Toss all the ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend until pureed. You may need to add a little more water to get the blender working. Add as little as possible.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Makes about four 8″ pancakes.  Feel free to change out the herbs and spices to what ever you have on hand.  Thyme and lemon zest is another combination I love.


  1. Sounds like a very simple recipe. Can’t wait to try this out myself. I just discover garbanzo bean flour today so I’m excited to know there’s a lot of things I could do with it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds great! But a bit vague on ingredient quantity. Could u plz approximate how much veggie is req’d by volume plz? (Cuz there’s a HUGE diff btwn ‘1 zuccini’ or substitute anything from carrots to peas, yea!) So how much veggie by volume plz? Like a cup? Cup + half? & should the ‘batter’ be like crepe batter? Pancake batter? How ‘thick’, plz? Sounds like great recipe, w/ a little clearer instruction, I’m eager to try it! ~:)

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