The Desi Omelette

I know, you are wondering, why a post about omelette, right? Let me explain.The story behind this recipe starts from my recent trip to India.

Now I love eggs in any form for breakfast, sunny side up or omelette or scrambled eggs to stuff inside the bread like a sandwich to go. But N is not a big fan of these for breakfast. So, one fine morning I went to the kitchen to see N’s ayah(almost like a nanny, who took care of him when he was a kid) gearing up to make omelettes for breakfast.

Since I know N does not like them, I made the mistake of telling her that only to be met by a blank expression with a we’ll see look.

So she proceeded with the prep work chopping onions, cilantro and green chilies while the conversation went like this:

Me: Some tomatoes?
Ayah: No
Me: Mushrooms?
Ayah: No
Me: Peppers?
Ayah: No
Me: Spinach?
Ayah: No
Me: Cheese?
Ayah: … (By now you should have guessed the answer)

Me: You know you can make a wholesome breakfast with cheese and milk and veggies in an omelette
Ayah: Giving me a look which translates to, no wonder N does not eat the omelettes you make.

So ayah quickly sauteed the onions and chilies and mixed them with eggs and made an omelette which was very tasty, simple yet full of flavor wihtout the addition of anything else. Needless to say, instead of getting it to the table to N, I finished it off in the kitchen itself and N had to wait for the second one!

After we came back, this has become our favorite weekday/weekend breakfast which can be put together in a flash. I usually make it square instead of a circle to stuff it between two slices of bread, pack it as a “To go” breakfast.

Ingredients (Makes one omelette):

Large egg-1
Chopped onions(or shallots)- 3 tbsp
Chopped cilantro- 1 tbsp
Chopped green chili- I used one small birds eye chili
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Ghee- 1/2 tsp


Saute the onions and chilies together in ghee till onions turn translucent, adding a pinch of salt. Transfer them to a bowl, mix chopped cilantro, another pinch of salt and pepper and let it cool for a minute. Now break in the egg into the bowl and beat well.

Heat the same pan used for sauteeing onions, spread the rest of the ghee and pour the egg mixture into the pan. Swirl the pan to get the shape you like. Let the omelette cook on one side and turn golden brown, flip it to the other side and let it cook through.

Transfer to a plate, serve with a drop of ketchup and toast or make an omelette sandwich and enjoy!

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7 Comments to “The Desi Omelette”

  1. Priya says:

    Love omelettes anytime, most of our sunday brunch goes for toasted bread and this desi omelette..

  2. Hi sowjanya, how are you? ya got back home last sunday, had a great time with family….i love omelette too, and this looks very delicious too…

  3. Deepa says:

    hahahha thats a real funny dialogue..but to tell you honestly even I relish our desi version of omelett..just love it..nice click..make me crave for it..

  4. Suman Singh says:

    kewl..loved the conversation..really funny..even I make my omelette some what similar to your version or to be precise Ayah’s version..thats simple yet satisfying to me..looks perfect.

  5. panchpakwan says:

    Delicious breakfast..

  6. indosungod says:

    For a long time I did not like the American style omelete because the desi style is what my tongue was used to :)

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