I remember the time when I used to go to home every weekend from Delhi by bus. Now, if you haven’t travelled by U.P. roadways’ bus in your life, you are one of the luckiest North Indian! Their bus service is one of the most crap services among Indian Bus network. Never on time, holier than thou attitude of staff, and amazingly stinking coaches.. Its an experience in itself that you wouldn’t wish to take on. And if you ask why I didn’t take the Train and used Bus instead, that’s a long story not worthy of discussion in my baby blog.
But this post is not at all about praising the incredible India, rather about the only thing I actually loved about that journey. During the total time of 4-5 hours, the bus used to take 2 little breaks for tea and refreshments. Which were apparently, the only good thing keeping me motivated during those awful hours. The reason was silly, but might help you calculate my level of frustration at the time. Masala Omelette! Yes, an omelette from the road side vendor was the best thing about those round trips to the home.
The way those guys prepared these omelette was nothing special, but the whole aroma round the “thela” (kiosk) and that rush of getting it quick or else the bus would start moving. Yeah, that was something. Another reason of always having eggs and nothing else was that everything else was fried and extremely unhealthy to have. Specially during the winters, hot and fresh Omelettes with tiny white bread was a lifesaving refreshment.
I often make Omelette at home now, and they are of course far far better and healthier than what I used to have during those trips. But that taste still prickles my buds at times reminding me of the experience. I am just thankful I don’t have to travel in those Buses again.
Omelettes are very so simple to make and am sure almost everyone knows how to make one. But, just for the sake of it and revisit those crappy times and little moments of happiness among them…I am posting my recipe of an Indian style Masala Omelette. There is of course a little twist in the masala i.e. the spice mix and I hope you will love this version too.
What you need?
- 3-4 eggs
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped small
- ½ of a small tomato, chopped small
- 1-2 green chilies, chopped small
- Handful of coriander leaves , chopped
- Salt to taste
- ¼ tsp red chili powder
- A pinch of black pepper powder
- ¼ tsp Garam masala
- A pinch of chaat masala
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 ½ tbsp. cooking oil
How to make?
- Break eggs in a mixing bowl, add in salt and whisk them nicely till its all blended well. Add milk and other spices and whisk again for a minute
- Drizzle oil on a griddle/pan. Let it heat it ( this is important, since if you spread eggs on cold oil it would stick at the bottom and you would need more oil to scrap it out)
- Meanwhile, add in onion, green chilies, tomatoes and coriander leaves to the egg mix and whisk once again
- By now the oil must have got hot enough, turn the flame to low and spread the Egg mix evenly on the griddle. After a minute, turn the flame to medium and let the Omelette cook for another minute.
- Once its done from the bottom side, flip gently and cook the other side on medium flame. Take care not to break or burn the Omelette while the flip. I usually cut the Omelette in to half and the flip both the halves separately. It helps in avoiding any breakage.
- Once properly cooked from both sides, slide on to a serving plate and pair with ketchup, toasted bread and Indian Chai for proper breakfast/snack.
- If you have noticed, I have used salt at first to whisk the eggs with. This helps in getting fluffy omelettes. And so does milk. Its important to add salt BEFORE adding the rest of the spices, otherwise the desired result may not be achieved.
- My mum also adds some gram flour to her Omelettes, and the taste is very different and flavourful. I suggest you try it once to enjoy variations
- This is a typical Indian Masala Omelette recipe, where in general no other vegetable is used. But of course, feel free to add veggies like- Mushrooms, spring onion, bell peppers, beans etc. to make it healthier.
- In India, generally the Omelettes are paired with toasted bread and ketchup aside for either breakfast or snacks. There are several other options it can go for such as – Pulav, Naan, Chapati, mashed potato, boiled peas etc.