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Tomato Omelet (Vegetarian)

tomato omlet

Most of the people from and around Maharashtra might know this simple and tasty tomato omelet (vegetarian) / omlet. I was introduced to this dish in Belgaum. I am not sure where I ate it first, but I liked it and I used to make it regularly for my breakfasts or for snacks. But somehow after my marriage, I kind of forgot about this. I felt my husband might not like the taste of it and stopped making it.

Then one day, few months ago, Aruna sent me a recipe for it. Since I had a pathetic tava at that time, I was a bit hesitant to try this. Then one fine day when I ran out of all ideas for breakfast, I tried this and I simply loved it. But due to bad tava, the picture was not at all worth posting here. Few days ago, Aruna again reminded me about this and also sent me some more additions. Thanks to her suggestion, now I have one of the best frying pans which can also be used as tava and the first dish I tried when I bought those pans was this omelet. To tell the truth, this version of tomato omelet has an amazing taste and I loved it more than what I had tasted before. This can be prepared literally in minutes, so this has become one of my favorite breakfasts to cook as well as eat. Do try this version to know what I am saying. Thanks Aruna.


Tomato omelet (Vegetarian)
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Serves: 4
A healthy vegetarian omelet made with tomatoes and different flours
  • ¾ cup gram flour(besan)
  • ½ cup wheat flour(optional)
  • 2 tbl spns fine wheat sooji/rava
  • ¾ cup finely chopped tomato
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ tea spn cumin seeds
  • ½ tea spn chopped ginger
  • 1 tea spn chili powder or 2-3 finely chopped green chilies
  • ½ tea spn coriander powder(optional)
  • ½ tea spn cumin powder(optional)
  • 3-4 strands chopped coriander leaves
  • A pinch turmeric
  • Oil/ghee
  • Salt
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except oil/ghee) with water to get to dosa batter consistency.
  2. Heat tava(nonstick preferred), spread the batter into thin omelets.
  3. Drizzle some oil/ghee on top.
  4. Turn the omelet upside down and fry on other side.
  5. Serve hot with tomato ketchup (or mint chutney).

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  • Suganya June 18, 2007, 9:09 pm

    I was searching for the number of eggs in the recipe.. Surprise, there is none. This is truly a vegetarian omelet. That also explains why the omelet is so thin. Great recipe!

  • Aruna Pai June 18, 2007, 10:01 pm

    What more i can say, i absolutely love this and make it positively at least once a week. The shape too is perfect round. This is one of the recipes my mom makes and liked by all at home. My FIL liked the changes made as compared to the one only with besan. Thanks for sharing.

  • zobars June 19, 2007, 1:05 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Do you mind telling me which nonstick tava you have that you used for this one. Mine is about ready to go to goodwill and I am looking for a new one. Maybe I will buy the same as yours and get great results like you. I have nightmares when I make dosas because of my bad tava as well.

    Shilpa: Zobars, I have updated the post. Please have a look.

  • Shubhada June 19, 2007, 1:28 am

    Dear Shilpa
    Thanks for the ever-popular recipe. Do try out pureed tomatoes instead of chopped ones and also toss in ginger pieces and green chillies while pureeing the tomatoes. Your site is a feast for the eyes and then for the stomach. Keep it up.

  • Ashwini June 19, 2007, 1:57 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    My mum prepared this for breakfast last Sunday and it was yummie. Since we are hard core veggies this dish has always been a favorite of ours.
    Good pick I must say!!


  • indosungod June 19, 2007, 6:09 am

    Tomato Omelet sounds like you say a great breakfast dish. But I am also curious now to see your tava.

    Shilpa: Welcome to AR indo. I have updated the post with the info about the tava :).

  • Nalini June 19, 2007, 7:37 am

    I thought I would let you know that Macy’s has the best non stick skillets for making dosas the 18″ griddle which can take high temperatures to get the nice golden color. Costs about 40$ and I still using the one I bought in 1994. Needless to say it is still going strong.

  • Kiran June 19, 2007, 7:45 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    What a coincidence, yesterday I looked up your recipe for wheat cucumber dosas and had made tomato omlet along with it for dinner !! The dosas turned out very delicious..good recipe :)

  • Ramya June 19, 2007, 7:54 am

    hey Shilpa, thanx for another breakfast recipe! I’m always on the lookout for them…. :) This recipe looks just perfect!

  • Amit June 19, 2007, 8:28 am

    Thanks Shilpa.

    I’ve made this only with besan flour and it’s called “besan ka poodha.” Next time, I’ll have to try it using your recipe and adding sooji to the batter.

    I use a cast-iron skillet or cast-iron tava for this and it works great. I’m not a big fan of non-stick pans.

    Also, I’ve read that rubbing a cut onion on the tava before pouring the batter prevents the omelet from sticking to it.


  • Deepa June 19, 2007, 8:33 am

    I have Bialletti too :). BTW I tried your basundi yesterday it was awesome!! Hubby liked it very much. Thanks for the recipe!

  • A June 19, 2007, 9:39 am


    My absolute favorite is the T-fal square pan. Even rava dosas and “Pan polos” come out perfect.. I like the square shape. I am not sure expensive it is, as I got the whole set as a gift.


  • monkey June 19, 2007, 10:48 am

    My dad is Marathi (my mom is Konkani like you) and I’m pretty certain this is what we call thalipeet. My parents throw in a lot of other stuff in there-like grated zucchini, grated cucumber and grated watermelon rind (the white part) depending on the time of year.

    Btw, I was born in Belgaum!! At the Kasbekar-Mehtgud clinic. But I have been American for a long long time now.

    Shilpa: No dear, this is not thalipeeth. Thalipeeth recipe is here.

  • richa June 19, 2007, 12:06 pm

    that looks fantastic, will try this soon :) a quick Q, do you just pour the batter like regular besan puda or do u spread it like a dosa?

    Shilpa: Richa, you cannot actually spread like normal dosa because it breaks. But you can *throw* the batter on tava, lift the tava and tilt it a bit to spread the batter :).

  • anusharaji June 19, 2007, 3:25 pm

    ohhhh with besan….looks yummy :)
    vl give it a try sometime….
    luv the handle of the pans :)
    btw i luv ur cake…..cool…..those cute things are more than cute i say :)

  • sharmi June 19, 2007, 6:22 pm

    I am going to make this for tomorrow’s dinner. sounds real easy. looks so good.

  • Dee June 19, 2007, 7:18 pm

    what a nice and simple recipe shilpa. I will surely try it!

  • ramya June 19, 2007, 11:15 pm

    wow this is looking great.I can pack this for my daughter’s lunch thank u nice recipie.nutitious as well

  • Cynthia June 20, 2007, 7:25 am

    Wow Shilpa, this is a great idea and recipe. Will definitely give it a try.

  • shilpa/eon June 20, 2007, 10:12 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried it for breakfast today and enjoyed it a lot. Simple and tasty and a healthy breakfast.

  • zobars June 20, 2007, 11:31 pm

    Hi Shilpa, thanks for sharing which pan u used. Because I love Bialetti too. I bought a big pan for making subji and I love it really too much. I am going to get that set from Costco tomorrow morning itself. Thanks again for sharing this info.

  • SM June 20, 2007, 11:46 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    The tomato omelet looks yummy! My Mom makes another version of this recipe. I do not have the exact proportions, but here are the ingredients-
    Fine sooji or Bombay rawa,
    Chopped tomatoes,
    Finely chopped onions,
    Chopped green chillies,
    Chopped Cilantro,
    Salt to taste
    Mix all of the above ingredients with buttermilk to make the dosa batter. Prepare the dosas and make them slightly thicker than usual as they tend to fall apart otherwise. These dosas can be eaten as is without chutney.

  • Jui June 21, 2007, 1:43 pm

    hi shilpa
    Tried this one yesterday night…was wonderful..
    I added a bit of curd to it…as my mom uses in ‘Dhirda’ which is a plain version of it without tomatoes and onion.


  • Indy June 24, 2007, 2:45 pm

    Can anyone suggest a really good tawa for making dosas? the non-stick pans here seem to give a slightly green tinge to the dosas and the cast-iron ones make them stick. Any help?

    Shilpa: Indy, the Bialetti pans that I have mentioned in above post are really good for dosas. I have been using them for all kinds of dosas and results are very good.

  • Sabaji June 27, 2007, 7:03 pm

    My mother prepare such veg omlet..

    I was desparately searching for the recepie..Let’s see whether I can achieve the target or not.. [:)]

  • mandeep June 28, 2007, 10:25 am

    I like this omelet very much. My mother makes it once or twice in a month. Now I am
    living alone so I am going to try this myself. Thank you for recipe

  • shobha July 9, 2007, 10:13 pm

    hi shilpa i tried this recipe ,came yummy thank you very much.

  • sharmi July 23, 2007, 10:27 am

    I made this but dint look as pretty as yours. dont know why!!

  • lilly July 23, 2007, 12:16 pm


    hi. I also tried ur tomato omelet recipe. turned out really good. pls keep posting nice & simple recipes like this. Thank you.

  • yukieshi September 14, 2007, 7:54 pm

    how did you learn cook so good

  • veda October 29, 2007, 12:12 am

    hi shilpa…

    I m new here….i tried this recipe …and its just fabulous!whats best is my daughter also loves it…shes just 17 months…ans says mummy its thuther!!!!(for super)

  • pritya October 31, 2007, 2:38 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    The tomato omelette looks most appetising and an instant recipe without much preparation time. The ingredients seem to be those that are found readily on the kitchen self and I am dying to try this out. Really good for a breakfast dish. The sooji rava would give it a crunchy crisp texture which would be so tasty!

  • Meenal October 31, 2007, 8:35 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    Nice n simple recipie again.will b a delicious breakfast indeed..Will giv a try soon..!
    Also i really liked d info abt pans that uv provided latr….its v.useful for girls like me..In fact i was thinking wh othr non-stick pan to buy….that`l give me good results..That was a big question disturbibg me..coz thr r so many brands n uncertainty abt performance of each..
    N here u hav got d answer for me..!!..thts so sweet of u..! :-)
    ( U can read my mind i guess..) :)
    Btwn….i found n bought d measuring Cup/spoon set (tht u mentioned in our earlier talks ) wh is v.helpful.
    Thnks dear..:)

    Best regards,

  • Meenal October 31, 2007, 8:36 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    Nice n simple recipie again.will b a delicious breakfast indeed..Will giv a try soon..!
    Also i really liked d info abt pans that uv provided latr….its v.useful for girls like me..In fact i was thinking wh othr non-stick pan to buy….that`l give me good results..That was a big question disturbibg me..coz thr r so many brands n uncertainty abt performance of each..
    N here u hav got d answer for me..!!..thts so sweet of u..! :-)
    ( U can read my mind i guess..) :)
    Btwn….i found n bought d measuring Cup/spoon set (tht u mentioned in our earlier talks ) wh is v.helpful.

  • Vilasini March 13, 2008, 7:40 am

    My father has been making this for years now……. he adds an extra tough to it, instead of oil uses amul butter & makes an fine tomato paste instead of chopping them, after the omlet is made cuts them into pieces and arranges them between slices of bread…. then just puts the stuffed slices back on tava….. once they are bit crispy cuts them into pieces big and small and serves………. this is just a tip for all those who have to do better presentation all that they have prepared is consumed…….
    My husband ate it with great taste when i made the way my father does, he never knew there were tomatoes in it (he hates them)….

  • Gauri March 28, 2008, 5:26 pm

    This recipe is owesome..Omelettes are very tasty and instant and healthy to eat at breakfast time..thanks Shilpa..

  • Ujwal June 21, 2008, 5:08 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this tomato omlet for breakfast the other day it came out really good :) Thanks to you too and Aruna for such a wonderful recipe. I have posted it in my blog with a link to your blog for the original recipe. I hope it ok with you.

  • nazrina July 30, 2008, 8:02 pm

    2 onion chopped and grinded
    gaarlic paste grinded 3 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon chilly powder 1 teaspoon
    evaporated milk 100ml this will make the egg biggger
    curry a sprig fieny choppped

  • Abhijit November 13, 2008, 6:17 pm

    I love this website.

  • Shruti April 22, 2009, 9:25 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this today morning. It was the flop show from me.. i used all the ingredients as you mentioned above, still dont know what went wrong. This was not coming out of the Tawa itself. I use the same tawa for making dosas and i didnt have this problem. I didnt make the batter too think. Do you think that would be the problem? however I liked the taste and bit disappointed when I had to struggle hard to take this omelette out of the Tawa by peices :(

    – shruti

  • runa July 7, 2009, 4:28 am

    hi i tried this. felt it was bit sour. i think can try with less of tomato

  • sweety July 14, 2009, 10:15 pm

    hiii..can u mail me that what is cumin seeds..im telugu girl…

    Shilpa: Cumin seeds is Jeera. (Jeelakarra in Telugu?? Not sure)

  • Iona August 3, 2009, 1:54 am

    The tomato omelet is a hit at my home.

  • rupa November 11, 2009, 8:48 am

    hi shilpa thanks 4 the great recipe

  • anjali November 13, 2009, 5:12 am


    I am very grateful to you for this site. I was always a ‘once in a blue moon’ cook.. I used to very rarely cook. Before marriage, my mother used to cook and after marriage my MIL. Now we are in Germany and here I had to cook full time!!! :)

    Your site has been very helpful and whenever we feel like eating ‘amchigele’ food, the first site I look is yours!! :)

    Thanks a lot!!

    Mom used to prepare this tomato omlette very often and I love this dosa .

    It came out very good.

    Keep up the good work!!!

  • Swapnil December 27, 2009, 10:57 am

    Thanks for the recipe.

  • Suhas Patole January 15, 2010, 12:02 am

    Every Friday ( in U.A.E.) its weekly holiday , like Sunday in rest countries . and this is the only day i make different Indian recipes , As wife , childrens sleep for long time .since Maharashtrian ( mumbaikar ) , I use to try and like always to try such marathi recipes .

    its easy and yummie . for marathi recipes ( only veg.) please also check CHAKALI Site .( check in Google site)

    Thanks , Suhas ( Abu Dhabi)

  • angel May 17, 2010, 3:10 am

    Its called Poorah in punjabi and its a punjabi dish minus the sooji,only besan is used and what ever seasoning and spices you want to put into it.And it tastes good with curd aswell as with tomato sauce or green chutney.

  • Sonal Sinha September 22, 2010, 6:43 am

    Loved the recipe

  • Sankalp Shinde February 3, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Hey, u simply rock!! thanks for the recipe..it turned out gr8!!

  • Aditi February 18, 2011, 1:37 pm

    This is also called “Dheerada” in Marathi. My mother used to add half wheat-flour and half besan to make it more healty and easy to digest. I add ajwain (Owa in marathi) along with jeera gives a different flavour.

  • Arpita April 8, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Actually Dheerda is different. It is made of all pulses soaked overnight and the fermented batter is added with most of the above ingredients. It tastes awessome.

  • Vrushali December 28, 2011, 1:46 pm

    I usually grind the tomato’s in mixer..but dont let it become puree…and add a little corn flour and ginger garlic paste… rest ingredients are what you mentioned…
    Thanks for the recipe.. Totally love Tomato omelettes.. :)

  • Manjula December 29, 2011, 3:00 am

    Its yummy :) i really liked it… we can prepare it when we dont hv anything else 2 do …

  • Shailesh December 15, 2012, 12:17 pm

    My aai used to make this when I was growing up. She is no more and the recipe lost with her. After few years I found this recipe on your website and was able to recall that taste from my childhood. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mayuri March 1, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Hi, I just made this following your list of ingredients. Made the batter n wasnt sure how it wud turn out but I must say it was awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • MNS March 28, 2013, 2:33 pm

    dhanyavaad itakya chaan recipebaddal. faarach mast jhaalela tomato omelet. :)

    ‘aai’ is ‘aai’ not ‘aayi’.


  • Shweta August 18, 2014, 11:53 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I got to know of this dosa when my inlaws visited us recently .. My mil makes similar omeletes but she makes it with maida, little besan and rice flour .. Must say this looks like a healthier version …

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