Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Desi Omelet

A good old Indian omelet is another breakfast meal that does the trick for me. Healthy and yummy. The protein keeps you going for a while and the tasty spicy bite in the morning wakes me up.
Desh in Hindi means country, so a Desi is someone or something from your country.These omelets are had as sandwiches, rolled in rotis with butter or plain.
The same thing could be scrambled and that would then be called Egg Bhurji.
For many years I could never really make eggs without it being too runny or too dry. Until Alton Brown did a show on Food Network on the perfect French omelet. And we know better than to argue with the French on eggs and cooking. 
So for this recipe I felt the need to show you the step-by-step images for a better explanation. After all, I saw Alton Brown make it on TV and watched the show over and over while making omelets until I felt like I was happy with the final product.
A few things I learnt in my earnest endeavor to make a good omelet– you NEED butter or oil to cook it and it is all about the timing. 
Makes 1
15 minutes
  1. 1.Step 1, Beat the eggs: Crack 2 eggs in a mixing bowl, season with salt and beat the eggs with a fork. Do not over beat and do not over salt. Eggs need very little salt, so a miserly pinch should be sufficient.

    2.Step 2, Beat the eggs: Add your fillings. For an Indian omelet you need 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, 1 finely chopped green chili and 1/2 tbsp minced onion.

    3.Step 3, Scramble: Heat 2 tbsp oil or 1 tbsp unsalted butter in a frying pan and add the eggs. Scramble it for 5 seconds with a spatula. Be sure to break and mix it up. This helps make a fluffy omelet.

    1. 4.Step 4, Leave it!: Let it rest for 10 seconds. Do not touch it.
    2. 5.Step 5, Loosen the edges: With your spatula loosen the edges gently..

      6.Step 6, Turn or fold: A French omelet with be folded over to make a half moon shape and then slid out onto the plate. An Indian omelet is usually flat and so the next step would be to turn it over. It is entirely up to you as to how you like it, I do both ways. Once you turn or fold it over you should have a nice golden brown color. Let it cook for 3 seconds. Remove from fire and slide the omelet onto your plate.

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