Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Waiter...There's An Omelette In My Curry...

My mother-in-law is guilty of it.
My grandmother is probably guilty of it.
My mother is guilty of it. But will probably deny being in such dire straits.
I am in esteemed company. Of opening your fridge on a Friday night and staring at a carton of eggs, half an onion, a tomato (on a good day), some left over rice and nothing else. And three pairs of hungry eyes watching you from across the room.

The universal solution for a South Indian home would be to whip up a spicy "omelette" (eggs cooked with onions and green chilli) and serve it up with the left over rice and some yogurt.
Until I was browsing through Kerala Syrian Christian Favourites, a cookbook I picked up whilst on holiday in India last year, where the very smart authoress Thressi John Kottukappally took this meagre offering one step further, and douses the omelette in a  simple and spicy tomato and coconut milk sauce. Talk about kicking it up a notch!
Now omelette and rice, which may be the most embarrassing offering that housewives in India have coughed up, now gets a deluxe make-over and becomes a "curry" honorable of placement in the middle of the table, and served to guests.
Every dish deserves its day =).

Omelette Curry (adapted from Kerala Syrian Christian Favourites Thressi John Kottukapally and Salim Pushpanath)
For Egg Omelette
5 eggs
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 green chillies, finely diced
1/2 tsp Salt
~1 Tbsp oil

For Gravy
1 small tin coconut milk (6 oz) or substitute regular milk
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 Roma tomatoes (medium) size cubed
1/2 Tbsp ginger, crushed
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sprigs curry leaves
4 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilly powder (add more if you want to make the curry HOT!)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 Tbsp oil
Salt to taste

1. Make Omelettes - Beat eggs with onions, green chillies and salt.
2. Heat a non-stick frying pan, add a little oil. Pour 1/3 egg mixture and spread around pan. Flip over to cook both sides. Fold over, slice into three sections and reserve on a plate.
3. Continue with the rest of the egg mixture in the same way as above.
4. Make Gravy - Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them crackle.
5. Add ginger and garlic, saute slightly, then add onion.
6. When onions have turned slightly brown, add tomatoes and curry leaves. Cook till tomatoes become like pulp and most water has evaporated.
7. Mix all the spice powders listed with a little bit of water to make a paste. Add the paste to the tomato-onion mixture and fry. Add salt to taste.
8. Reduce heat to a minimum, add the coconut milk and mix well to incorporate all the spices. Thin out the mixture if you want more gravy with water or milk. Add the omelette pieces and cook for a minute.
9. Do not let the curry boil, else the coconut milk will separate. Remove from heat and serve.


Desisoccermom said...

That's how I make my "Indianized" Thai curry sauce except I use tomatoe puree and add bell peppers and other available veggies.
BTW, my go-to in a bind and what I am guilty of often is always khichdi. So there!

Shah cooks said...

isin't this the same as a mutta curry? yeah, i have my share of red chili, and mustard spiced scrambled eggs for dire days.

Ann said...

@Jaya - I've NEVER had or made a Kichdi. Come on over, I'll trade you an omelette for one.+)
@MalluGirl - I guess it does look like Egg curry, now that you made me think of it, but I've only seen WHOLE boiled eggs in them before, never seen an omelette actually placed into the gravy.

Unknown said...

Eggs and curry is new to me but standing in front an empty fridge is not hmmm lets see....I always seem to have eggs and onions and....my goodness you've given me dinner!

Asha said...

Slurp! What a combo to have. Looks tasty and nutritious.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Egg omelet curry with that rice seems perfect and delicious dear. Nice recipe. Thanks for the link to that famous book ....wanna buy it:)

CS said...

This is a nice one. I have made omlet (with onion and green chili) for "puttu" but have never tried with rice. Have to try this delicious recipe!

tasteofbeirut said...


This IS a wonderful creation! I am not that keen on eggs usually but I love this and will make it at some point!

Ria Mathew said...

I am so gonna try this!It is beckoning me! ;)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog, Ann.
How do you take such good pics?
I like your writing style too.
Loved the recipe.