Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Simple South Indian Omelette

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Egg Omellete which is the theme of Married to Desi, and created by Nandita of Saffron trail, ended up with the simple version of South Indian Omelette.

This weekend I had plans of making the omelette that my Grand Mother always use to do it so specially. Those days when the egg beaters where not so popular in India, my GM use to beat the egg white on a plate holding in a slanting position, with a fork for atleast 15 minutes, to make the lather come and we children use to enjoy seeing the transformation of the sticky colorless translucent liquid being transformed into a big heap of white lather. Although I use to try to imitate her I never could get so much lather. Then she added the yolk and the onions, chillies, coriander leaves and give it a nice mix adding chilly powder and salt and then spread it on the heated oil on the tawa. Once the bottom side of the Egg is cooked she just used to wrap the egg from both sides, turn it upside down to make a bed of it, then cut it into three peices and remove from heat. This way only the outside of the omelette is hard and the inside remains soft. So thats my grandma's version.

But I really didn't have time to get it done. This weekend I was so tired I didn't mind giving up food to escape from cooking. So the Emergency Cook, yes my stand by, you guessed it right my D.husband, made this omelette for us so that we can have it with some salad. So I felt may be this is the Omelette that I can send for my entry.

o5 Yes, eggs always come to our rescue when we are in a hurry to cook, or don't want to invest much time in cooking. This is the beauty of egg especially in the form of Omelette that it is so versatile. And my, how many ways an Omelette can be made!!! With so many of my fellow bloggers coming up with such fascinating versions of bean Omelette, Noodles Omelette, Potatoe Omelette, I don't think my simple one will even stand before these entries.

And this even does'nt need any recipe writing.

Just crack an egg and beat it lightly, throw in some cut onions, green chillies and cilantro. A pinch of salt. The mixture is ready to go on a heated tawa coated with oil. Leave it for 1 or 2 mins and turn for another 1 min and you are ready to go.

o1 I call this the station omelette. In South Indian, if you get a chance to travel in a train(not the local trains), you can find these vendors selling the bread Omelette right there on the train platforms. They are always in a mad rush with people flooding them to get there parcel of bread omelette. So this fast and simple version helps them. And this tastes good too. I say this is the only hygene food that you can pick up on the station platforms, cause it is made right in front of you and sandwiched into the toasted bread. That was a small tour of the Indian train platforms. Good old memories!!!

So this Simple South Indian Omelette is my entry for Kanchan's WBB.

o4 Tips with making good omelettes: Eggs when cooked in an omelette form take very very less time to cook. But if we want the onions added to them also to cook we have to leave them on the tawa for more time, which will make them hard, and even sometimes charred which will take away all the nutritional value also. The best way to overcome is to pan fry the onions and chillies along with the chilly powder and salt. By adding the chilly powder to the onions also avoids the lumps that can be formed when you add it directly to the beaten egg. After the onions and chillies are almost cooked then add them to the beaten egg and make the omelette. This way once you know that the egg is cooked you can remove it from the tawa at once. Also this Omelette tastes even better.

Enjoy the Omelette round up.

25 comments:

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Hey Rina,

Loved how you tied omelettes into that memory of having them while travelling by train in India. Somehow train trips were always a big excuse for my sister and I to keep eating all those deep fried bonda's and cutlets they would serve on the trian!

I am suddenly remembering the cry of "Kapi, Tea, Bonda, Vadai!!!"

Thanks for a wonderful entry!

Kanchana

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Rina....simply loved ur Omlette...Infact the simplest is the best......I love this as it is or with hot rice...Nice one here :-) U presented it beautifully :-)

Kribha said...

I did the same Rina. Wanted to try something fancy but had no time at all. Your Omelette looks perfect.

Asha said...

That's a great Omelette Rina. I love the crunch of onions in there!! Looks great.Happy Halloween!:)

Rina said...

Kanchan, Thanks for your lovely note. I know, the sound of that "Kaapi, Tea, Samosa, Bajji, Bonda" rings so sweet in our ears. Though not too hygenic we use to enjoy those small treats. Ooh! those good old train memories. Good luck with the round up.

Kribha, good that you are with me, I'm not alone.

Sirisha, Thanks. Yes this will be good with a soft bread toast, Sambar Saadam(rice) or even with a chapathi.

Asha, thanks and Hallowleen with kids. My little one who will be two for christmas is scared of all these Holloween decorations but is waiting for tonight's candy.

Happy cook said...

Love the omelette. I like our South Indian ones always.
Agree with you the eggs come to my rescue too always when i have nothing else at home or when i am in a hurry.

bee said...

that looks lovely - well done, how i like it.

Mansi Desai said...

Nice story and a neat omelette:) sometimes simple is the best!

Dhivya Karthik said...

Thats luks wonderful..I loved ur presentation :)

Rina said...

Happy, Bee, Mansi and Divya thanks.

sagari said...

omelette looks delecious

Laavanya said...

This looks so good. Beating the eggs must give it such a lightness though it is a lot of work.

Kamini said...

Very nice pictures... Eggs are my fave too that too masala omelette.. Looks great

Swaroopa said...

PICS looks awesome. u jus reminded me of moms omlette. cant wait to make one this eve for supper.

Rina said...

Lavanya and Swaroopa, thanks for visiting.

Kamini, welcome to my blog. Hope you enjoy my posts.

Cynthia said...

Train trips, I wish I lived in a country with trains.

Nabeela said...

Train journeys were made bearable only by the snacks served at stations...*sigh*

Chandrika said...

Looks yummy, Rina! The tips are great...

Mandira said...

delicious entry complete with tips! I like it :)

Rina said...

Cynthia, I know you should miss them. Train trips are so much fun.

Nabeela, yes train journeys and snacks go together

Chandrika & Mandira Thanks.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

lovely omlette, rina!

Shella said...

We used to take fried egg bhaji on trains. Miss those days so bad. You make me nostalgic. N your omelette looks good. I too fry the onions before adding them to the beaten eggs. My grandmother taught me this. When will you let me taste your food???

Rina said...

Kitchen scientist thanks for dropping.

Shella, yes those days in trains were real fun. We both have to meet to for us to eat each others food.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Thats a very nice omlette and like your tips too....

Voltaire said...

nostalgically delicious. Tips were great. Will keep coming back for more