Chickpea Crepes with Italian Vegetables

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For part two in my chickpea flour series, I came up with what I think is my most innovative recipe: chickpea crepes with Italian vegetables. Like I mentioned in my previous post about protein-rich falafels, in India, there’s nothing new about chickpea/gram flour, commonly known as besan or chana attaChillas (Indian crepes made with chickpea flour) make a healthy breakfast or snack because they’re packed with protein, fiber and nutrients like iron, magnesium and vitamin B-6. But to be honest, I don’t particularly love the way they are traditionally cooked. They taste boring, and are overly dry unless you drench them in chutney or ketchup. I wanted all the nutritional pluses of chillas minus the Indian flavor, dryness and blandness. I decided to instead add fresh herbs to the batter and stuff it with a creamy feta cheese and vegetables cooked in traditionally Italian flavors. The results for these chickpea crepes with Italian vegetables are fabulous – believe me, you and your family will be pleasantly surprised and will never look at chillas the same way again.

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You can play around depending on your preferences: use rosemary or sage instead of basil for a deeper aroma, use parmesan or mozzarella to make it more authentically Italian or skip the cheese altogether and make it vegan. These chickpea crepes with Italian vegetables are gluten-free, high protein, low fat and low carb. They keep you full long and make a balanced meal. Do let me know how you make these healthy chickpea crepes your own – leave a comment below or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Chickpea Crepes with Italian Vegetables
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
 
These chickpea crepes with Italian vegetables are a fresh take on the classic Indian chilla. A quick and healthy high protein, gluten-free and vegan meal.
Ingredients
For the batter:
  • 80g chickpea/gram flour (besan)
  • 185ml water
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper/chili powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped
  • 5-7 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil/oil with a high smoke point
For the filling:
  • 200ml tomato puree (100ml puree diluted with 100ml water if using a concentrate)
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced and cooked
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into small triangles
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, cut into small triangles
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 60g feta cheese (skip if vegan)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the batter.
  2. Separately, in a pan on medium heat, sauté the cooked mushrooms and bell peppers in the olive oil and tomato puree. Add oregano, crushed red pepper and salt. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Heat a lightly greased non-stick pan on medium-low heat. Divide the batter into four equal parts; pour one part onto the pan evenly. Quickly spread with the bottom of a measure cup or steel bowl if your batter is not more or less even.
  4. Allow to cook on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes or until you see small bubbles appear on top. Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes until the other side is lightly browned.
  5. Transfer to a plate. Stuff the crepes with 3-4 tbsp of the vegetable mix and 2 tbsp of feta cheese.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. This recipe makes 4 crepes.

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