Beyond Curry: Indian Masala Omelet

Beyond Curry

Inspired Indian home cooking.


[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Not many things can get me out of bed on a Sunday. But this masala omelet seems to have a strange magnetic pull for me come breakfast time. I love how a few simple ingredients become such a fulfilling meal. Vegetables are incorporated into the eggs while whisking, with some spices thrown in for good measure. After a few minutes on a hot pan, you have a delicious omelet that packs quite a punch.

The masala omelet sandwich is a quick snack in most homes and a favorite on long distance trains that travel across India. Street omelet stalls sprinkle a little chaat masala on the finished dish and serve them piping hot from their well-worn cast iron flat pans.

Onions, tomato, coriander leaves and green serano chillis are the usual suspects in a traditional masala omelet, but feel free to add bell peppers in very small quantities, or omit tomatoes altogether. Just add a couple of slices of buttered bread and you've got yourself a hearty morning meal in a matter of minutes.

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About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.