January 5, 2009

Eggless Savory French Toast crusted with Chickpea flour

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A quick and tasty recipe for those who can't have eggs either by choice, by dietary restriction or for the sake of change, like me.

I adapted this recipe from Mahimaa's blog. I did make some little changes to the recipe, which I have listed below. The thing that caught my attention was the ease of making it, and of course the nice change it brought during breakfast time. I am a big hearty breakfast person, just can't kick off my day without it.

The one thing that was a challenge was making those onion bits stick to the bread/batter. Next time I am going to chop them really fine. Other than that it was perfect. I used my potato bread (I will post the recipe soon, turned out my best so far, yay!) as the base for this dish. But really, any kind of bread would work nicely.

The chickpea & rice flour formed a nice crust and struck a lovely balance of soft on the inside and slightly crusty on the outside.
You can find chickpea flour in almost any grocery store (not just the Indian ones).
Rice flour (if you can't find any) may be substituted by cornflour for the added crusty finish.

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Eggless Savory French Toast crusted with Chickpea flour

Ingredients:

Whole wheat bread slices - 3 (or as many as you want)
(Adjust the following ingredients according to the number of bread slices you are making)
Chickpea flour/Besan - 1 cup
Rice flour - 2 tbsp
Water - Enough to make a paste with the flour
Red onions - 1/2 cup (very finely chopped)
Cilantro - 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
Red Chilly flakes/Pepper - To taste
Salt - To taste
Olive oil - Just enough to cook on both sides

Method:

Mix the chickpea flour, rice flour, chilly flakes/pepper, salt and water to make a thin paste.

Add the red onions and cilantro and mix well.

Heat a non-stick pan, drizzle a little oil on medium heat.

Dip the bread slices in the batter, the onion bits may try to fall off, try to add them on top after laying it on the pan.

Cook on both sides till lightly golden brown.

Serve hot with chutney or tomato ketchup.

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86 comments:

  1. Nice presentation,
    Looks like a bit of Bread Pakoda, that we make, but this one's shallow fried, instead of deep frying, healthier choice..

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  2. drooling pic...and quick recipe

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  3. looks very tasty...love this eggless version..

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  4. oops..I feel hungry..this is a real torture anu..they are so yummy
    Btw,i just tagged you for something.see at my place..

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  5. Hey, looking wonderful..Awesome presentation...Even I wont take egg, this will be really useful for me..Tx for sharing

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  6. Wow! Really a wonderful recipe! I am surely trying this soon,bookmarked:)

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  7. thanks for visiting my blog - this french toast looks great - I have tried an eggless one with a sweet topping but I would like to try it with a savoury topping as this looks so delicious (and your brownies in the last post also really caught my eye - 5 mins in the microwave sounds just right for summer)

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  8. wow! these looks delicious&fantastic! great pictures!

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  9. hi anu, i think we have something really going between us:)i was going to post vegetarian omlette/besan dosa tonite:)this is a lovely entry!

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  10. Even with my limited experience with food I would have thought that I'd have seen most things, but I was proven wrong after this savory french toast! And like you said, this would be perfect for a quick yet hearty breakfast. I'm going to try this one out as soon as possible! :)

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  11. Lovely and perfect for me dear.I too had seen one veg version using rava and was planning to do that.this looks very perfect.

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  12. An healthier way to eat pakodas! Look like egg! Yum

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  13. How gorgeous are those pics! my mom used to make something like this, i really have no idea how. such long time back. Love this recipe.

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  14. This is something i can eat rt away....any leftovers???call me if u have some spared ..coz i am too lazy to move to kitchen now,and on the same time unable to resist these....

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  15. nice picture and a good breakfast!
    I feel hungry!

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  16. Interesting !! This would be a Nice wake up call :)

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  17. looks so mouth-watering Divya! a perfect breakfast.

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  18. oh these look so crisp. next time will try to add rice flour. that's a nice idea. thanks for trying this Divs.

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  19. looks great and very crispy.

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  20. That looks lovely! NIce an deasy recipe!

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  21. New year wishes to you. This is soo lovely divya. The presentation is awesome. I loved the idea of french toast & would always wonder what to substitute for eggs. I will definitely try this. Thanks

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  22. I make this wid eggs always..grt pics..:)

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  23. Looks delicious and as always great pictures :-)

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  24. looking at the picture i thought u used egg...but i liked the substitution...does it taste more like bajji? just curious...vanilla cake is finally up!

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  25. Lovely click... looks delicious. Will ahve to try them soon.

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  26. Quite a nice Fusion recipe. waiting for your potato bread!pictures make me hungry.:)

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  27. Vegan french toast.... Looks so good. Nice pictures....YUM!

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  28. hey I've tried Mahimaa's besan toast.I love ur version too.I like the addition of rice/corn flour to it.I shall give this also a try.

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  29. neat idea! since im not into sweet things, i'd really enjoy this savory version. great change from the regular eggy soggy french toast :). this will be a wonderful appetizer with the bread cut into bite size pieces.

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  30. Anu.. U r tempting me so much with ur delights day by day.. Lovely dear! Keep it up!

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  31. I haven't really experimented with different types of flour (other than whole wheat/ap/bread. I need to branch out! You have awesome recipes on here- I need to look through and pic a few to try ;)

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  32. I have never had a savory french toast! I am very intrigued.

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  33. Wow..nice healthy version. I use the same recipe, minus onions for Bread pakoda and I deep fry them. Didn't know you can get the same crunchiness by shallow frying too. I'll definetly try it this time. Thanks for sharing it. Wonderful, tempting pictures as usual.

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  34. Nice change from the sweet french toast,will bookmark it:)

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  35. these look delicious and a nice change from the usual sweet breakfast dishes :)

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  36. Anu, picture looks so bright and colorful. The recipe is perfect for kids for breakfast or evening snack.

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  37. these are my fav snack during a rainy season..i deep fry mine..pics are awesome asusal..

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  38. Another creative and tasty looking recipe. Nice photos too.

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  39. Savory French Toast... oh this is so new bold.. and DELISH! What a fab twist.. I love the diversity and fusion... LOVE IT

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  40. ooh...mouthwatering snack yaar...perfect click..

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  41. Feeling realy hungry after visiting your blog...where can I get all these??!! anyway have you tired malaysia foods? check out my friend's blog..http://www.vkeong.com/

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  42. Never had a savory french toast and this is definitely much healthier and delicious.

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  43. perfect snack for kids and mm,,,me too...
    can u see me walking on the red rope bridging the two breads... oopps i slipped out on the bread cant resist to cross it without tasting them. Aheh...

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  44. perfect snack for kids and mm,,,me too...
    can u see me walking on the red rope bridging the two breads... oopps i slipped out on the bread cant resist to cross it without tasting them. Aheh...

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  45. WOW these certainly look good. Brought back memories from the days in college when we used to gorge on these! Very nice! Have a great new year!!

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  46. First of all, best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous year

    Looks very crispy and nice. When I was younger, we used to see a vegetarian omelet on the menu at some restaurants and I used to wonder!
    Now I'm wiser.:)

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  47. Anu Your picture is tempting, i feel like having right now. Nice presentation. This one will be ideal for kids eventing snack or breakfast.

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  48. Looks delicious - and a pretty quick snack to make for lunch. I am definitely bookmarking this :)

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  49. Lovely pic and lovely recipe!

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  50. Lovely pic and lovely recipe!

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  51. This is such a wonderful breakfast variation!!!! I dont take eggs either.. I am allergic to them. So, will def try these! Love the pic. Happy New Year!!!

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  52. Crust looks good, i make without adding riceflour.. should try adding them. Looks delicious DIvya.

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  53. This looks nice bfast ..... Lovely

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  54. Wow! What a great idea! I love chickpea flour.

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  55. That looks pretty tasty. Craving more savory now after all the sweets.

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  56. Wow, very well presented.. Looks so nice an shall surely give a try, as it is eggless :) !!

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  57. Thank you!
    But seriously, I just drooled on my keyboard looking at this french toast. It looks AMAZING.

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  58. Divya,
    The pics are very tempting. A healthy twist to the bread pakora.. Got to try this soon :D

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  59. This looks really unique and delicious. I keep meaning to buy some chickpea flour to experiment with.

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  60. Lovely post dear!
    Do check my new blog at http://www.sanghi-worldfoodtreat.blogspot.com and leave ur comments.

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  61. this reminds me of bread pakoda...my fav thing to serve to guests ...as they are easy n so darn quick to make :)

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  62. hi, nice blog, french toastlooks good - i can have it with evening chai. 'cos its quite like the desi bread pakoda only crustier and yes shallow fried. shallow frying makes all the difference:)

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  63. What a gorgeous savory french toast! And eggless, too--fantastic! I know some people who are allergic to eggs, so this will be a great addition to their breakfastime!

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  64. event got over Jan 5th midnight da....if u have anything very special do send it across...I'll will be posting the round up only next week...no probs :)

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  65. This is a perennial favorite at my home, and was one of the first recipes I ever blogged. The toast looks delicious, Divya.

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  66. How cute are you? :))

    Gorgeous photos. Healthy breakfast to have although we always end up with cereals or toast in the morning.Too lazy!!:D

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  67. Very creative and extremely healthy looking!

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  68. Great stuff...very well captured!

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  69. this looks awsome and i am gonna try this soon..its simple and tastes delicious...hope u had great new year..

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  70. Divya, don't u drink milk? how do u get calcium otherwise? i think you should start drinking milk even if you don't like. my mom never used to drink milk and now she is deficient in calcium and having knee probs. so it is very very important to drink milk.

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  71. That looks yummy..perfect for a weekend brunch.

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  72. Quick n easy to fix! i will try this for sure n let u know soon divya!
    Lovely pics..

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  73. Making me drool. Nice presntation. Yummy recipe...

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  74. Hi Anu, I'v tagged you for the African Blogger BakeOff challenge. Do check my blog..!

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  75. My!What lovely snaps! and what an easy recipe Anudivya! Am making it this weekend. :-)

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  76. Its a bit like break pakoda, but only transformed into something really yummy! Lovely idea!

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  77. you always have originality in your recipe anu..it looks great yummyyy entry

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  78. Savoury french toast is something I would never have thought of, but it's such a great idea - very ingenious!

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  79. Anu, what a tasty cruelty towards me.. :)

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  80. lovely pictures! That is a wonderful idea. Somehoe on reading the recipe it reminded me of earlier time in Inda hn we used to eat those lovely bread pakodas with potato filling. But this is surely a much healthier version. yum yum!

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  81. I had coarse besan for sometime and didn't know what to do with it. I tried your dish with the coarse besan,and it turned out very tasty! Thanks!!!

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  82. Looks wonderful...thats nice idea

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  83. I make this sometimes. Im drooling! nice blog.

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  84. French toast for veggies... wow.. great idea..

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  85. Hey those french toast crusted with chickpea flour look yummi, I love eating breakfast and always try new fast food recipes. I would love to try the egg less savory french toast for breakfast. french toast is also a snacks food option and can make a satisfying breakfast. The Photos are amazing... I am already feeling hungry. thank you for shearing your post.

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