Besan and Vegetable Toast




Besan and veggie toast is a rescuer of neglected vegetables chilling in your refrigerator. Add one or a few different types of grated or chopped vegetables in Gram flour (Besan) batter with your favorite spices, and voila, you have a seriously addictive breakfast at hand.



Besan and vegetable toast
Besan and vegetable toast


I find that using thick slices of bread and adding a teeny bit of Baking soda makes the toast fluffy. And the best thing is that you can make the batter a day in advance, which means significantly less effort the following day to put it together. Also, unlike plain flour, Besan is a healthier and complete gluten-free option. Serve it with your favorite spicy sauce and it will become a part of your breakfast routine.




Recipe :

3 cups Chickpea flour or Besan

1 cup yogurt, you can use Vegan yogurt

2 green chilies finely chopped

You can use 1 or all of these vegetables – 1 zucchini grated, 1 carrot grated, 1 cup chopped spinach, 1 large tomato finely diced, 1 small onion finely chopped

½ cup Ricotta OR crumbled paneer - Optional

Freshly chopped coriander

Salt to taste

1 ½ tsp Turmeric powder

1 tsp Red chili powder

1 ½ tsp Amchur powder (Dry mango powder)

½ tsp Baking soda

A few slices of thick bread

Vegetable oil to drizzle on the pan while cooking


Method:


In a bowl, add the chickpea flour and all the powders.

Add the yogurt, and using a balloon whisk, make a thick batter. You will also need a cup of water if the yogurt you are using is too thick. We don’t want a very runny batter.

Add all the vegetables, green chilies, paneer and mix well.

Take a thick slice of bread and dip it in the batter. Take a flat bottomed non stick pan, heat it, and drizzle a little bit of oil. Place the bread dipped in batter on the pan.

Cook on a low to medium flame and cook on both sides till crispy and brown.

Serve hot with your favorite sauce.





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