Vegan Omelette and The Hundred Foot Journey


I went to the Premier of the Food-centric movie called The Hundred-Foot Journey a couple of days ago and was so inspired that I came up with the recipe for this vegan omelette recipe which is very similar to the savoury pudlas I make.  Watch this trailer and you will see why I was so impressed by the movie and why I wanted to make these omelettes. The movie is about an Indian family played by actors Om Puri and Manish Dayal –  who immigrate to UK and then Europe to make a living.   This reminded me so much of my father who had emigrated from India to Kenya to make a living.  He trained as an Indian chef and over the years became very famous caterer and restaurant owner but always said that he was a cook by profession rather than a chef.  Indian food is very popular in Kenya even amongst the local people.  Any way – back to the film:  They open an Indian restaurant one hundred yards opposite a Michelin Starred French restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) and the rivalries between the two establishments and finally how bond.  You really must see the film to get the full story and especially if you like good music, exotic  food and amazing locations.

In one scene the French Restaurant’s sous chef (Actress Le Bon) tells Hassan (Manish Dayal) how Madame Mallory can tell how good a chef one is just by taking a bite of the omelette one makes.  In one of the scenes, we see the Indian chef teach Helen Mirren to make an omelette following his recipe in which he uses so many Indian herbs and spices which impresses Madame Mallory  (Quote by Madame Mallory in the film after tasting the Omelette: “It’s sharp and cool in the mouth, all at once. Do you know how much it takes chefs to learn that?).    Most of the dishes cooked and recipes shared were non vegetarian  so I thought I would create something vegetarian.   My creation aims to try and get a similar taste but it’s completely vegetarian and also suitable for vegans.


  • 2 cups Chick pea flour
  • 1 tbls plain flour
  • 1 small grated sweet potato
  • 1 grated onion
  • a handful of fresh peas
  • 1-2 fresh green chillies chopped finely
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coriander and cumin powder (often called dhana jeeru)
  • handful of fresh coriander chopped finely
  • half a cup sunflower oil for dry frying the omelettes.
  • pinch of soda bicarbonate


1.  Sieve the chick pea flour and plain flour on a mixing bowl.

2.  Add the grated sweet potatoes, onions, fresh peas , chillies, coriander and the dry spices (including soda bicarbonate) to the flour.  Take one cup of warm water and mix to form a batter which should be runny similar to what an egg omelette mixture would look like.


3. Grease a non stick frying pan and spread the mixture on the frying pan. Allow it cook until it turns golden brown on one side and cook the second side.   Try and use minimum amount of oil.


4.  Serve the omelettes hot  with a cool yogurt raita, tangy tomato dip and a fiery coriander chutney so that you can get to enjoy the hot and cool  tastes of these Indian style omelette.  (Note: The Raita is not Vegan)

I certainly would like another serving of The Hundred-Foot Journey.  If any of you have been to see the movie – The Hundred-Foot Journey- let me know what you thought of the movie and my vegan omelette.

  • I haven’t seen The Hundred Foot Journey yet, but want to. Reading your positive remarks about has increased my desire to see it. Your vegan omelette looks tasty.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    The movie is on my list! I simply love Helen Mirren and I love the premise:) That omelette looks fantastic! But I’ve never heard of or seen Chick Pea flour! Could one substitute another type of flour?

    • Chick pea flour is available in most stores selling gluten free aisles. It’s also available through Amazon.

  • This recipe is wonderful and another one of yours i’m going to try. With all the concern about high cholesterol this eggless omelette is sure to be a winner. Thanks, Mina.

  • Tim

    I really want to see this movie as well. Reminds me of Hotel Marigold which I also liked. Here is a secret known by only a few. I am a PEA lover. I can eat peas with anything. When I saw them in your recipe above I swooned 🙂

  • Mina, you are very a very creative cook!. I am sharing this recipe to my FB friends. Keeping it to make a great breakfast.

  • Beth –

    The movie sounds like a must see! Thanks for telling about it. Your omelette looks really good as all of your recipes do. Love the images.

  • maxwell ivey

    hello; this one sounds amazing. I’m a big fan of omelets and thankfully don’t have any health reasons for not using eggs. but my aunt and uncle have had to go vegan for health reasons. i sent them the link. I’m looking forward when the movie comes out on dvd so i can listen to it with audio descriptions for blind viewers. best of luck, max

    • Max – Thanks a lot for sharing my recipes.

  • Erica

    Mina, I just saw this movie last weekend and I was horribly craving Indian food by the halfway mark. It really is a good film and I encourage everyone who hasn’t to see it. I absolutely love your recipe. I can only eat eggs if I hide them in things so an omelette is no good for me. That is too bad as they always look very tasty. I think your recipe is so creative and I am definitely going to try it! I will have to find a gluten-free flour, but I’m sure some experimenting will bring me to the right replacement.

    • Erica – Yes, the film does have you craving for food with all sorts of tastes.

  • As always, this looks delicious! I was wondering how you could make an omelette without eggs. This film is on my list. I guess I better plan to follow it up with a trip to my favorite Indian restaurant. 🙂

  • I love eggs in all their many possible ways of preparation, but would so love to try this just for comparison purposes.

  • I haven’t seen the movie yet but it’s on my list! It looks great. And so does this omelette! Thanks for sharing this vegan version!

  • Jason Butler

    Looks like a very recipe that I could try.

    • Jason – Do give it a try and let me know how you got on.

  • MinaJoshi5409

    Niekka – that’s quite a challenge. Giving up milk and milk products would be hard for me.

  • Visiting your blog after a long break, Mina! This dish seems to be a creative one..and needless to mention, tasty too.

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