Bread omelette as it is famously known in India, is a comfort food to a lot of people. Cheap, quick, easily sold by street vendors. You walk by certain streets and the smell of egg empowers your mind, even if you aren’t hungry, sudden pangs of hunger come out of nowhere. You walk a little more and then you would see a group of people, some biting into their steamy hot bread omelette/ Anda Bread (in Hindi) and a few others anxiously waiting for their order. The crowd around the street stalls may sometimes make you walk away since there are times you are just fed up for your order to come up & just makes you want to grab the very next plate that is getting ready. (From experience ;)). These street stalls are usually found near bus stops/ auto-rickshaw stands. You would see people from different classes of the society waiting to eat this. This does not cost you much. But then it’s not only the cost that lures one to have this.
If you ever had the chance to use Indian railways to travel you may have been woken up from your reverie by vendors repeating a long list of snacks they have for sale along with tea & coffee all in monotone. You would remember that bread omelette being a part of the items the vendor listed.
I do not think any of you need the recipe. One look at the ingredients and I’m sure you have figured it out. But nevertheless, here is the recipe.
Ingredients: (Serves 1) Preparation Time: 5 mins
Eggs – 2, beaten well
Onion – 1 small-sized, chopped finely
Green Chilli – 1, made into a paste using a pestle, you can chop the chilli into rings, but I have usually noticed people have the habit of keeping it aside when they see the chilli in the omelette. Adding it this way will make you eat it along with the omelette.
Tomato – 1/2 of a small tomato, chopped finely
Coriander leaves – 2 sprigs, chopped finely
Turmeric powder (optional) – a pinch, I did not add turmeric
Cooking Oil – 1/4 tsp or more, depending on the kind of fry pan used. I used a non-stick, but the omelette tastes best made on an iron fry pan, 🙂 so if using an iron pan, you may need more oil
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a fry pan set to medium heat. Meanwhile when waiting, take a bowl, mix the onions, tomatoes, chilli paste, coriander & salt together. I have noticed if you add salt directly to the beaten egg, it stays in lumps, but adding them to the veggies, lets it spread evenly. Add these veggies to the beaten egg and mix well.
Spread the heated oil evenly on the fry pan. Add the egg mixture. Spread the egg and veggies around evenly. There are chances of the veggies getting concentrated in one place.
Let the omelette cook. Reduce heat if you like to slow cook your omelette. Add oil on top if you like an oily omelette. Flip the omelette once the bottom gets cooked. Turn off the heat immediately after you flip. The heat from the fry pan is enough to cook the top side of the omelette.
Serve immediately with bread on the side.
The best comfort food ever. Just dig in… the chilli paste adds a very distinct spice level to this omelette.
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