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Recipes by Mridula Baljekar

Mridula Baljekar

Spice Omelette Curry (Masala Umletki Kari)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4

Each serving contains:

Kcals: 135; g fat: 10.3; g saturated fat: 2.3



4 large eggs

2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion (bareek kate hue laal pyaaz)

1 green chilli, seeded and finely chopped 34 teaspoon

Ginger Puree (adrak puree)

1 tabIespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

(bareek kate hue dhaniye ke patte)

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric (peesi hui haldi)

½ teaspoon salt (namak)

a little sunflower or soya oil for brushing pan


1 tablespoon sunflower or soya oil

½ teaspoon ground turmeric (peesihuihaldi)

½ teaspoon chilli powder (mirch powder)

½ teaspoon salt to taste (namakswaadanusaar)

½ teaspoon sugar (chini)

225g tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped (chhile

hue aur bareek kate hue tamatar)

I 50ml warm water (gun guna garam paani)

1 teaspoon Ground Roasted Cumin (bhune hue jeere)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

(bareekkate hue dhaniye ke patte)


  • Make two omelettes. Whisk the eggs with 2 tablespoons water until frothy (the water makes the omelettes light and fluffy). Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly

  • Brush a non-stick omelette pan, 12-15 cm in diameter, with sunflower or soya oil and place over medium heat. Pour half the egg mixture into the hot pan and stir the middle of the mixture gently, rotating it for even cooking

  • Stop stirring and allow the egg to set, then turn the omelette over with a wide spatula. Cook the second side for 1-2 minutes. The omelette should resemble a thick pancake. Slide it out on to a board and cook the second omelette the same way

  • Cut the omelettes into strips, about 2.5 cm wide, and cut the stnpslnto 5cm (2in) lengths. Set aside

  • For the sauce, heat the oil over medium heat in a non-stick sauté pan. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, salt and sugar. Stir once, then add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Pour in the water, reduce the heat slightly and cook for a furthe. 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently

  • Mix in the cumin and fresh coriander, then add the omelette strips. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir gently once or twice, then serve immediately.