My dad claims he can’t cook, but his “specialty” dish (i.e.- the only thing he’ll make besides grilled cheese sandwiches), is tasty enough I’m left wondering if he secretly whips up fancy meals when no one’s looking. His scrambled eggs with yellow curry powder were, for a long time, the only way I’d eat scrambled eggs without covering them in hot sauce or ketchup to mask the taste. (Don’t judge me- I’m a runny egg sort of girl). When the movie “Hundred Foot Journey” came out, and the main character also added Indian spices to eggs (making the most tantalizingly delicious looking omelette ever), I knew I had to find my own Indian inspired omelette recipe. This Masala Spiced Omelette is, quite possibly, one of the best ways I’ve ever eaten an egg.
I started out making this dish by watching the omelette-making scene in “Hundred Foot Journey,” (all the while contemplating how Helen Mirren has stayed so gorgeous), and tried to copy Hassan’s omelette. Then I changed it. Most of the spices I used can be found at any supermarket. (I actually buy a lot of my spices in the food aisle at Marshalls). The only spice that is store-specific is the Tandoori Masala Spice Mix from Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, substitute a different tandoori spice mix, or try making your own from the mix in the recipe notes.
If you’ve had trouble mastering the omelette process, the key is to NOT TOUCH the eggs after you pour them into your greased pan. That’s it. Don’t touch them! Otherwise they’ll fall apart and you’ll end up with scrambled eggs (and maybe that’s okay, but it’s not an omelette). Once the edges of the omelette start to cook and pull away from the pan, then you can roll or fold up your omelette. If you want a step by step tutorial, check out this tutorial at The Kitchn.
Still hungry? Want more breakfast? Try these:
Masala Spiced Omelette
Makes 1 Omelette
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp tandoori masala spice mix (I use Whole Food's Tandoori Masala, see substitution note below)
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- pinch of turmeric
- 1 TB plain Greek yogurt (or sub sour cream)
- pinch of sea salt
- 2-3 sprigs cilantro leaves
To Substitute Homemade Tandoori Spice Mix:
- Blend 2 TB cumin, 2 TB garlic powder, 2 TB paprika, 4 tsp ginger, 1 TB coriander, 2 tsp cardamom, and use 1 tsp of mixture in place of pre-made spice mix
Preheat an omelette pan to just under medium heat. Spray or brush with oil or butter to ensure your eggs don't stick to the pan.
Whisk eggs together with all other ingredients except salt and cilantro. Pour into pan, swirl eggs around pan to spread out the mixture, and then add a pinch of salt and half the cilantro to the center of the mixture. DON'T TOUCH your omelette for about 2-3 minutes.
Once the edges of the eggs start pulling away from the pan and appear crisp, use a plastic spatula to fold (or roll) the omelette together- Either fold it in half or roll it together.
Remove from heat immediately, even though the inside will still appear runny, because the inside will continue cooking from the heat of the surrounding egg.
Top with remaining cilantro and serve immediately.
Spice mix substitute adapted from: Minimalist Baker