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Chickpea omelette with quail eggs, a unique omelette

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Tiziana Colombo

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Preparation: 01 ore 00 min
Cooking: 01 ore 00 min
Ingredients for: 4 people
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Chickpea omelette with quail eggs, a second course with an exotic flavour

The chickpea omelette with quail eggs and dandelion is a unique second course that plays on the combination of unusual ingredients as well as on suggestive combinations that give life to an interesting gastronomic experience. In fact, we are talking about panelles made from chickpea flour, egg yolks, and whipped egg whites, which act as a bed for an aromatic dandelion salad. To complete everything, there are hard-boiled quail eggs that have been cut into halves.

We are therefore faced with a complete second course, both from a nutritional and organoleptic point of view. The dish also satisfies the eye by virtue of a scenographic presentation enhanced by a beautiful contrast between colors.

Despite the unusual components, the dish is relatively easy to create, and the steps are the same as in other common recipes. Lastly, I should mention that the recipe satisfies celiac disease requirements. In actuality, chickpea flour contains no gluten at all.

Recipe chickpea omelette

Preparation chickpea omelette

  • To prepare the chickpea omelette with quail eggs and dandelion, proceed as follows:
  • Sift the flour into a bowl.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites.
  • Add the egg yolks, a pinch of salt, plenty of ground pepper, and the baking soda to the flour. Mix with a whisk, and add the milk slowly.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff, and slowly fold them into the mixture, starting from the bottom.
  • Clean the dandelion, wash it, and dry it.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, place the quail eggs in a pan and cook for 4 minutes. After draining and allowing them to cool, shell the eggs and cut them in half. Season with salt and oil, and add the eggs to the dandelions.
  • Grease the bottom of a pan and heat it, then pour in the mixture and mix to obtain omelettes 7-8 cm in diameter. Cook over low heat, turn them over, and continue cooking for another three minutes.
  • Arrange the salad on top of the omelette on the plate.

Ingredients chickpea omelette

  • 200 gr. of chickpea flour
  • 3 chicken eggs
  • 2 dl. of whole milk is allowed
  • half a teaspoon of baking soda
  • 100 gr. of dandelion
  • 12 quail eggs
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and black pepper

Unique characteristics of quail eggs

One of the main ingredients in this chickpea omelette is the quail egg. These are unique eggs that are distinguished from chicken eggs by a subtle difference in appearance. The predominant colour is white, with black specks scattered throughout. In terms of flavour, they have the mildest aromas, which are enhanced by straightforward cooking techniques like soft boiling and hard boiling. Hard-boiled quail eggs, in particular, are ideal for incorporating into green salads.

What can be said about the nutritional properties of quail eggs? For starters, they are significantly fattier than chicken eggs. This affects the calorie intake, which reaches 160 kcal per 100 grammes.

Secondly, quail eggs provide a slightly higher than average amount of protein, but still lower than that of meat. Finally, as regards vitamins and mineral salts, there are no differences compared to chicken eggs: we find vitamin K, traces of vitamin D, zinc, and other trace elements.

All the goodness of chickpea flour

The true star of the dish is the chickpea flour, which, along with the eggs, is the primary component of the omelettes. One notable quality of chickpea flour is its robust taste, which goes well with a variety of dishes. Additionally, it has a wonderful consistency that makes it a great substitute for regular flour in a lot of recipes.

The omelette’s softness and volume are attributed to chickpea flour as well as other “functional” foods like baking soda and whipped egg whites.

I would like to point out that chickpea flour, although compatible with those suffering from celiac disease, can also be enjoyed by those who do not have celiac disease. On the other hand, this type of flour represents one of the basic ingredients of the cuisines of central Italy and Tuscany, to be precise.

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The role of dandelion in chickpea omelette

The recipe for chickpea omelette also boasts the presence of dandelion. Specifically, dandelion guarantees a delicate and aromatic side dish. There is no need to linger on the seasonings, as the dandelion can be enhanced with a few drops of oil and a pinch of salt.

Dandelion is a unique food, as it is a cross between an aromatic herb and a salad vegetable. The flavour is complex, since on the one hand it resembles that of chicory (slightly bitter), and on the other it transmits a marked aroma, reminiscent of spices.

Dandelion also boasts an excellent nutritional profile. It can be considered a purifying, detoxifying, and digestive food by virtue of the abundance of fibres and particular substances, flavonoids. It is also rich in antioxidants, elements that help prevent cancer and slow down cellular ageing.

Finally, there is no shortage of vitamins and mineral salts. There is also a good quantity of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and beta-carotene. The latter substance acts as a catalyst for the absorption of vitamin A, which is essential for vision and skin health.

Chickpea omelette FAQs

How long does it take to cook quail eggs?

If you intend to make hard-boiled eggs, you will have to wait 3-4 minutes after the boiling starts. Just like chicken eggs, quail eggs should then be placed in cold water to stop cooking.

How do quail eggs taste?

It tastes similar to chicken eggs, but it’s much more subtle.

What flavour does chickpea flour have?

Chickpea flour has a distinct and robust flavour. Some liken it to hazelnuts, which are known for their toasted flavour.

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