Beyond Curry: Indian Masala Omelet

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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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