Chickpea Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Chickpea Scrambled Vegan Eggs Recipe

This high protein vegan scrambled chickpea “eggs” has a similar taste and texture to normal scrambled eggs. It’s quick, easy and cheap to make using home made chickpea tofu. Don’t be put off if you don’t like normal tofu as this soy-free chickpea version is different.

Suitable for vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, grain-free, oil-free, gluten-free and soy-free diets. This vegan scrambled egg is a perfect high protein and fibre breakfast.

Chickpea Scrambled Eggs Close Up

The star of the show is the Kala Namak / black salt. This is a common ingredient in many Asian foods and gives the dish that sulphur eggy taste. If you like the taste of normal eggs then do use the salt, if you prefer the texture of eggs and not the flavour then omit it.

Kala Namak can be bought in many Asian shops where it’s inexpensive. More information in the paragraph at the bottom.

Chickpea Scrambled Eggs Video Recipe

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If you don’t have any veggie broth then it’s fine to just use a bit of seasoning and water instead. I often make this with a yeast extract spread to give it a flavour boost and give my daily allowance of B vitamins.

Bowl of Chickpea Scramble

The chickpea flour can stick to the bottom of the pan when you are making the chickpea tofu. You might want to use a good quality non-stick pan when making this recipe for easy cleanup and no waste. I just used a normal pan in the video for aesthetic reasons.

Ceramic pans with an eco coating that are free of harmful chemicals are a great choice to make vegan eggs in as the chickpea flour can stick to the bottom. A high quality ceramic pan is perfect for no oil healthy cooking and will last a long time.

Cheap High Protein Vegan eggs

I prefer to make this without any oil, but if you are fine with oil then go ahead and use it. You will probably want to brown the onions and garlic first before adding the chickpea tofu. It’s best to cook with an oil which has a high smoking point such as rapeseed oil for health reasons.

Chickpea flour is such a useful ingredient in healthy gluten free cooking that I buy it in large sacks. If you have an Asian supermarket it’s very inexpensive to buy there – less than half the price per kilo. Per a 30g serving it has 5g of fibre, 6g of protein and is a good source of iron.

Vegan Scrambled Eggs with herbs and tomato

What is Kala Namak / Black Salt?

Kala Namak is otherwise known as Himalayan Black Salt is a natural rock salt. Black salt is a common ingredient in many Asian cuisines and can be found at even small Asian shops. It has an eggy taste to it thanks to the high sulphur content but is vegan.

In large chunks the salt is black but once it is ground into a fine powder it has more of a light purple colour to it. You can use in place of normal salt in seasoning to give an eggy taste in recipes such as avocado on toast. Western health food shops are now starting to stock it but the same product can be acquired significantly cheaper at most Asian supermarkets.

Chickpea Scrambled Vegan "Eggs" Recipe - Quick, Cheap and High Protein

Chickpea Scrambled Eggs Recipe

  • ½ cup / 65g Chickpea flour
  • 1.5 cups / 350ml Water
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 slice Red onion
  • 3 tbsp Broth
  • ½ tsp Kala Namak / Black Salt

Method

  1. Mix together the chickpea flour, turmeric and smoked paprika with a third of the water into a paste.
  2. Bring the other 2/3rd of the water to a simmer with a pinch of salt.
  3. Stir in the chickpea mixture into the water and stir constantly for 5 mins while simmering.
  4. Be careful not to let the bottom of the mixture catch.
  5. Remove from the heat when thick and pour into a glass dish.
  6. Chill for half an hour in the fridge then it should come away easily from the dish.
  7. Mash the chickpea tofu in a pan and then add the remaining ingredients.
  8. Cook for a few minutes until all the broth is absorbed and serve.
  9. You can store the chickpea tofu in the fridge for a few days before cooking.

Chickpea flour is such a useful ingredient in high protein vegan cooking. If you like this recipe check out my chickpea strawberry cake!

Easy Healthy Chickpea Cake

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15 thoughts on “Chickpea Scrambled Eggs”

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      So happy to hear you liked this, yes do try the cheeses – the smoked cashew cheese is my fave. Even if you don’t have agar agar its a great dip 🙂

  1. I love the flavour and how inexpensive it is (haha), but I find mine doesn’t get the texture your video shows. Mine looks more pasty still. Any tricks?

    1. Ha thanks Rae! I find the trick is to slowly fold in the mixture into the aquafaba so that all the volume isn’t lost and to pre-heat the oven to bake as soon as its folded. I don’t worry too much about folding all the mixture perfectly just to keep as much air in as possible. Hope that helps 🙂

    1. Is a spread otherwise known as marmite or vegiemite, you can just use salt in its place or veggie broth 🙂

    1. I haven’t tried freezing it but think it would work. 2-3 days ahead and kept chilled you can prepare the chickpea tofu. Let me know how you get on 🙂

  2. I just went plantbased Jan 2018 and surprisingly wasn’t hard to give up eggs after doing extensive research. This looks like a fun tasty recipe to try. Thank you for sharing! I do have a question though. Tofu freaks me out. Is there anything esle the chickpea tofu could be used for? Have you used it in any other recipes? Thank you

  3. Hello! This recipe looks amazing and I’m looking forward to making it. Bit of a silly question perhaps but chickpea flour? Is this bought directly as flour or chickpeas that should be dried and ground?
    Thank you, Liz.

    1. Hi Liz, there is no such thing as a silly question! It’s bought pre-done as a flour. I think I’ve seen people in India make their own chickpea flour – but with a huge mill type machine! It’s something I’ve never tried to make myself as its so cheap to buy from an Asian shop. Hope that helps!

  4. Amazing and easy. The video helped a lot. As I’m from the Caribbean I found a touch of pepper sauce (not Tabasco!) but something like Berties helped a lot to bring it forward.

    But this made a batch that worked well for two days. I can simply take the other half out tmw and go!

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