FOOD AND TRAVEL

Monday, October 17, 2011

Indian Omelette

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If it wasn't for fusion food, my morning would be omelette less and that could be such a pity. And atleast half the time in the week, there would be no breakfast for M. And that's only calling trouble later in the day when M becomes extremely finicky when he didn't have his breakfast right. How the fusion that took place ages ago can make my life a happy one!
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You see, omelette was something the British introduced to India. While the British ruled over India, they turned the traditional simple omelette to an Indian fair by adding spices to it. During the era, the dinner was still more British but the lunch and breakfast was often a fusion of eastern and western cuisine. Food has never been so largely influenced, changed, fusion and developed as during the imperialism era. And much of what we eat today has a background of fusion elements in some point in history.

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Indian omelette is a simple and quick marriage of distinctively Indian flavors with the humble egg.  Indian omelette is thinner, slightly golden on one side. From a simple onions and chilies omelette to tomato, cheese to herb studded omelette, all of it has been embraced by the breakfast and brunch restaurants all over India. Most days, a simple Indian omelette is all we want but weekends are made special with the cheesy and herby ones. 

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Next time, you are thinking eggs for breakfast, try this Indian omelette version and tell me how you like it. Though its perfect for brunch or lunch too. 

Indian Omelette
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Ingredients 
1 egg
2 tbsp red onions, very finely cubed
1 green chilly
1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped, optional
1 tsp ghee
Pinch of turmeric, optional*
Salt and pepper to taste

Note


* Turmeric adds a light lovely golden hue as well as helps mask the egg smell if you are one of those people.

Method

Whisk the egg with turmeric until foathy.

Mix in the onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and whisk well.

Heat ghee in a non stick frying pan, and immediately add the egg mixture on medium low heat. Season with salt and pepper on one side.

Let the egg cook on one side for couple of minutes and then flip it to cook on the other. It cooks relative fast on the other side, so don't over cook.

Add more pepper  if required. 

Serve sandwiched between white toast or rolled with roti or on its own. My family certainly adds ketchup to go with it.

Variations

- Add 1 small tomato finely cubed along with the onions and chilies
- Add about few tbsp upto 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese or a mix of cheddar and mozerella for a cheese omelette
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47 comments

  1. Omlette looks so tempting and flavourful...yummy for breakfast that too with bread...cant beat the combo...beautiful clicks

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  2. Yay for fusion food! Your pics are gorgeous, as usual.

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  3. This is the only way I can eat egg! lol... I never use eggs in baking or any other dishes because of the 'egg smell' you are talking about! All the masalas and chili in this omelette masks it really well :)

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  4. superb clicks..nicely done omelette

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  5. Lovely pictures of a true Indian classic!

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  6. LOVE! that is the only word for this dish- LOVE! It is lovely and pretty and so tempting! You are the bomb girl.

    Come enter my baking giveaway today if you get a chance!

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  7. very pretty photography, as always, K. x shayma

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  8. I'm drooling right now! Amazing photos Kulsum!
    Being an Arab from the gulf area, our cuisine is highly influenced by indian cuisine and that omelette is one of our frequent breakfasts... I luv adding dill to my omelette too, takes it to another level ;)
    Luv the post xxx

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  9. I'm so in love with this omelette I can barely BREATHE.

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  10. Kulsum,
    That clay tea pot... is it from your recent India trip? so cute!

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  11. I love Indian Omelettes! Sometimes I put in leftover veggies too.. They taste awesome!

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  12. I am super horrible in making a perfect omelette. I can never flip it .. or make it as neatly as you did. It's always the husband who does a better job in this :)

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  13. Looks very good; love the Indian flavors with the eggs.

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  14. This looks fantastic Kulsum! And your photos are so beautiful.

    My fiance is the omelette maker in our house, he says it's the one thing he can cook well, and well, I'm not going to stop him considering it's now a rare occurrence that he cooks for me :D

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  15. This looks delicious. Love the addition of green chilli into the egg rather than frying onion and chilli first. In Australia they are finally adding chilli into the selection of omellette breakfast fare at major hotels now. This, is the influence of India (most welcomed). Beautiful pictures :D

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  16. Ooh, I love that cute little tea pot! How cute is that :-)
    And yes this omelet is kind of a staple breakfast in my family!

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  17. An ideal sunday brunch...
    Aah .. like the note on turmeric.. should try it on my plate...

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  18. I would love this any time of day. :)

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  19. Mmm how interesting -- much more flavorful than my usual!

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  20. I love the spices here, I make mine thin like that too. Beautiful pictures rich with atmosphere.

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  21. Fabulous clicks and lovely omelet!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. I love your journey of omelette. A staple in India it is. I have one everyday of the year.

    I wonder if a link up of my omelette tales can be put here.. I took some photos once.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezee123/1385647249/



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezee123/5926548757/


    Lovely reading your account. The only thing I se happening differently is the medium of cooking.
    I have not seen an omelette cooked in ghee over the last few decades. I remember a very long time ago when it was made in hydrogenated veg oil... but since the advent of regular processed oil... most of it is cooked in that.

    In my kitchen..oops my wife's kitchen a dash of butter is absolutely essential in the cooking

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  23. Thank you so much everyone

    @Radhika yes, got it from India and already broke it :'(

    @Anoop - Thanks so much for sharing your links here for everyone to see. I think this whole processed oil phenomena was something India could have avoided. The world went processed and we followed, but now as more studies are conducted, people in the west are coming to learn health benefits of Ghee, coconut oil , mustard oil etc which have been used in India for centuries.

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  24. Yummy! Photos look warm, earthy and inviting.
    In India, this was a staple Sunday breakfast- so many good memories there.
    I love the fact that you used ghee..

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  25. Omelette is a staple in most Indian homes and a weekly fare in mine. At times I cook it in coconut oil & use ghee too for a unique flavor :) Totally loved your props Kulsum--wooden plate, teapot--all of them!

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  26. This is real staple on a weekend or during the weekdays as well. Omlette is beautifully made kulsum.

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  27. oh how can i live without an omelette? and such a beautifully photographed one too?

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  28. This is a must in my house atleast 2 times a week...
    Lots of green chilis and onion...
    Yours looks fantastic....

    P.S I loved your udaipur pics, sorry for leaving comment here for that somehow that post is not accepting comment....

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  29. very nice dish! I love omlette anything so I'll try yours for sure.

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  30. A simple dish, quick to fix and hearty to the stomach. I sometimes add smoked salmon for more filling breakfast. Also with the South beach diet, eggs have become an integral part of my routine. If I find empty egg cartons, I panic and I have to re-fill it ASAP :-) :-) :-0

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  31. For me a winter breakfast surely includes eggs..and Indian way is the way we like it too..lovely clicks!!

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  32. I love omelette's and grew up eating my mom's breakfast staple. This post surely was a walk down the memory lane :)

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  33. yummy looking omelette looks fabulous

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  34. My dad used to make delicious spicy omelets that were to die for. Always awesome with a cup of masala chai!

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  35. OOOOOh didn't realise the Indian fusion omelette is slightly thinner. We usually have a version of this as our lazy dinner once a week. Love it!

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  36. What a great new idea for an omelette! I make omelettes often, so I'll try it soon!

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  37. oh...wow...wat an excellent photography...awesome presentation..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  38. I love omelette, never fail to make me happy after eating it!

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  39. Will you consider it another fusion if I try the omelette without ghee?:) Or may be I should steal some ghee from my Indian friends.

    Love what you wrote about the evolvement of food. Without influences of other cultures, our cuisines will not be as exciting as it is now. I can't imagine Malaysia cuisine without Indian influences, or Chinese influences and the list goes on..

    Btw, is that chai tea that you made for M?

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  40. @Reese Oh yes, without ghee works perfectly but you know? Get some ghee, its so very fabulous. Believe me :-)

    And yes chai tea is for M (big time tea drinker. I even have a post on chai tea - Here it is http://www.journeykitchen.com/2011/02/masala-chai-indian-spiced-milk-tea.html

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  41. Beautiful photos and I am loving the pancake-like consistency of the omelette. Can't wait to try it out!

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  42. Fusion rules!- and wow, what a great photographer you are!

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  43. How wonderful that you were finally able to post your version of the Indian omelet! :-) And you make this everyday?! You are awesome! For us, it's weekend brunch or weeknight dinner.

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  44. Lovely presentation, simple dish yet so beautifully presented. Indian Omelets are always prefered at home anytime of the day. Love your photograpy :)

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  45. Lovely photographs! Try adding in 1/2 tsp of minced ginger next time. That's my favorite!!

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