Vegan Persian Frittata

Vegan Persian Frittata

Writing my “All about Chickpea Flour” post earlier this week gave me the chance to delve through my recipe archives and rediscover some forgotten favourites. I’m constantly creating new recipes so I don’t often repeat old ones, despite how successful they are.  Amongst the recipes I highlighted were my Tofu Omelettes (Pesto-Ricotta with Cherry Tomatoes) and I couldn’t get the idea of making something similar out of my head. 

I’ve made vegan frittatas before, including my Roasted Vegetable one, but thought I’d add a little bit of a Middle Eastern twist this time as it’s been a long time since I’ve experimented with those flavours.

Vegan Persian Frittata

I feel like recipes with foreign names often sound more complicated than they necessarily are and frittatas are definitely one of them, even vegan-style! I use a simple base of tofu and chickpea flour which I spiked with ginger, garlic and fresh herbs. I sprinkled it generously with tangy, lemony sumac for a little extra jazziness.

You can either bake the frittata in the oven or cook it on the stovetop if you don’t have an oven-proof pan. 

Vegan Persian Frittata

Vegan Persian Frittata
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  2. 1 Onion, chopped
  3. 1 Clove of garlic, minced
  4. 2" Fresh ginger, peeled and minced/grated
  5. 1 Large courgette OR 2 small, sliced into half moons.
  6. 1 350g/12oz pkg Silken tofu
  7. 2 Tbsp Nutritional yeast
  8. 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  9. 1/3 C Almond milk
  10. 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  11. 1/2 tsp Black salt (This gives it the "eggy" taste. Highly recommended)
  12. 1/2 C Chickpea flour
  13. 1 Tbsp Arrowroot
  14. Salt and pepper to taste
  15. Fresh parsley
  16. Sumac
Instructions
  1. Warm the olive oil in a large pan (oven-proof if baking)over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for another minute, stirring.
  3. Add the courgette and cook for a further 8-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, blend the silken tofu through to the black salt in a blender. Add the chickpea flour, arrowroot and salt and pepper and blend briefly again.
  5. Fold in a handful of chopped parsley.
  6. Spread the vegetables evenly in the pan and pour the frittata batter over, spreading with a spatula so it is evenly distributed.
  7. If cooking on the stovetop (this is what I did) cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Carefully slide onto a plate, flip the frittata and cook the reverse side for a further 15 minutes. It should be browned and firm to the touch.
  8. Alternatively, place the pan in the oven and bake for approx 30 minutes at 180C/350F
  9. Sprinkle liberally with sumac and fresh parsley to serve.
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Vegan Persian Frittata

 For a light dinner, I served the frittata with a green salad and to carry on the Middle-Eastern feel I made another salad with beetroot and pomegranate. This one is a little sweet, a little tangy and a little spicy! It would be a tasty addition to a full-on Middle Eastern feast.

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Beetroot-Pomegranate Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 Medium beetroot
  2. 3/4 C Pomegranate arils
  3. 1/8 tsp Chili flakes
  4. 1 Tbsp Pomegranate molasses
  5. 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  6. 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper, to taste
  8. 1/2 C Chopped fresh parsley OR coriander
Instructions
  1. Scrub the beetroot, cut off the greens, wrap loosely in tin foil and bake at 200C/400F for 45 mins-1 hour, until very soft.
  2. When cool enough to handle, rub the skins off with your fingers. They should come off easily if the beetroot is fully cooked.
  3. Dice the beetroot and add to a bowl with the pomegranate arils. Mix the chili flakes through to the salt and pepper in a small bowl/jar. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir through the fresh herbs.
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    • Coconut and Berries says

      Thank you. It was a lovely light dinner with the two salads. I think it would be a great addition to brunch too.

  1. says

    lovely fritatta and I think I even had everything needed in my kitchen – my mum gave me some of her sumac and I still haven’t used it so this is a timely reminder

  2. says

    I love pomegranate in salads and your frittata looks lovely. I’ve always been a bit wary of veganised frittatas because I don’t like traditional frittata varieties, but there are many vegan dishes I like far more than their traditional counterparts. So, I should give this a try I think :)

    • Coconut and Berries says

      Same as me. I hated eggs and cheese pre-vegan and now I love all their veganised counterparts! Perhaps my tastebuds have just evolved over the years.

    • Coconut and Berries says

      Definitely recommend getting your hands on some black salt. It’s amazing how much it brings to the table.

  3. says

    This looks so beautiful Emma! I have seen some vegan frittatas before using tofu, but I love yours the best. I love the flavors you use and the colors. I am not a fan of tofu unfortunately :(, but I love that you used chickpea flour as well, so it probably helps to hide the taste of it! It is a gorgeous recipe!

    • Coconut and Berries says

      Thankyou Brandi. That’s a shame you’re not a tofu fan :( I don’t eat it all that often but think it can be great if prepared well. It adds a lovely creaminess to the frittata.

    • Coconut and Berries says

      Thanks Poppy :) It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten eggs but I think this rivals the “original” recipe!

  4. meena says

    I C U DONT MENTION THE NUTRItional yeast in the method. do u add this and let it ferment first before baking?also to my knowledge arrow root is ‘madumbi’ so can i use the tuber as i have the boild and raw?

    • Coconut and Berries says

      Hi Meena. I don’t know if you’ve used nutritional yeast before but it’s completely different to yeast used for baking. It’s deactivated so just lends a cheesy kind of flavour.
      I’m not sure what you mean about the arrowroot I’m afraid. Here I used arrowroot powder as a thickener. If you don’t have it you could also use cornstarch.
      Hope that helps!

  5. zo says

    Hi emma,
    I am a novice cook and need things spelt out for me! please can you tell me, when you say add the frittata batter…what is this? The tofu mix? Also when do you add the almond milk and chickpea flour..or is that the batter mix..?!
    Thanks :)

    • says

      Sorry for the confusion! You pretty much just need to blend all the ingredients except the vegetables. When I say blend silken tofu “through to” black salt I mean all the ingredients between and including the silken tofu and black salt.
      The frittata “batter” is the blended mix.
      Hope that’s clearer :)

  6. narf7 says

    This is a fantastic recipe that looks like it would be just as good cold the next day as hot with salad. Cheers for this wonderful share :)

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