Friday, October 21, 2011

Indian Omelet


One of the best feedback I have ever received about myself was from a colleague who I have since lost touch with and who I have never been able to thank.


“If you don’t mind, I want to tell you something,” he told me, just as he was on his way out of the office on his last day at work.

“Sure,” I told him.  He worked in another department and I hadn’t interacted too much with him, so I really didn’t know what to expect. 

“You cannot take compliments,” he told me flatly. “I have been observing this for almost a year now. Every single time, someone compliments you, you make excuses for yourself. You may not realise it, but it is rather putting off, you know. Anyway, you take care,” he said, hurrying out of the door before I could even recover from what he had said and thank him.

Later that evening, I was at a small get together at a friend’s house. Lots of booze, different varieties of chips and enough packets of cigarettes – we were all set to have a great evening. The music blared and the conversation flowed.

However, my mind was far away, brooding over what the colleague had said.  Was that really true? Did I really have this habit of brushing off compliments? How long had been doing this, putting off friends and well wishers in the process, without even being aware of it? And how was I going to learn to accept compliments 'gracefully'?

Late into the night - it was almost dawn, actually -  we all wanted something more substantial than chips to eat. A quick search of the fridge revealed lots of eggs, some chillies and some wilted coriander leaves and I offered to make some omelets for everyone.




His mouth stuffed with a huge bite of omelet and bread, a friend declared that this was the best omelet he had ever eaten. I started to say that it was not him, but the alcohol talking (which, in all probability, was the case). I almost said that there was no big deal in making omelets, that anyone could make great omelets (which is very much the case). But I stopped myself and just mumbled a “thank you."

It wasn't difficult after all. I was learning, trying and starting to accept compliments gracefully.



Indian Omelet

This Indian version of the omelet almost makes eggs sexy! A generous dose of chillies, ginger and coriander leaves makes the eggs aromatic, and the onion adds a bit of sweetness and crunch.

Ingredients:

Eggs: 2
Onions: 1/2 small, or about 3 tbsps chopped
Chillies: 3-4, or as per your personal spice preference
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Ginger: 1/3 tsp, chopped
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Milk: 1 tbsp
Salt, to taste
Butter or oil: 1 tbsp (I prefer butter as it browns the underside of the egg easily and quickly)


Method:

Whisk together the eggs and milk till the mixture almost doubles in volume.

(If you have the time, separate the whites, whisk them till frothy and doubled in volume. Mix together the yolks and milk and whisk together till smooth and then add it to the whites, whisk again for 2-3 mins. I almost never do this but it does make a very fluffy omelet).


Throw in the chopped onions, chillies, coriander leaves, ginger together into a bowl. Add the salt and turmeric powder and mix together with your fingers till the onions and the herbs start to release their juices. Add it to the beaten eggs.




In a non-stick frying pan, add the butter and once melted, spread it evenly all over the pan. Then pour the egg mixture into the pan. In about a minute, the eggs will start setting around the edges of the pan. Once that happens, turn down the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan with a lid and cook the eggs for another 2-3 minutes or until they are completely set on the top.

(If you don't like to brown your eggs on the underside, cover the pan for about 2 minutes. Then flip the omelet over and cook uncovered for 1 minute).




When you make an Indian omelet, it is absolutely imperative to serve it with some tomato ketchup on the side. Everything else - grilled tomatoes, hash browns, even bread - is optional!



A few months ago, a Twitter conversation between @indianfoodrocks, @desisoccermom and @Soma_R about Indian Omelets led to posts on their respective blogs on how they make Indian Omelets. I am horribly late in posting mine, but I finally managed it. Here are the links to the other Indian Omelet posts:



Soma's Omelet

Omelet from Shulie’s Kitchen

Jaya’s Omelet

Sandeepa’s Omelet



15 comments:

  1. Accepting compliments gracefully is also an art..i have this habit of brushing away compliments too!

    Gorgeous looking omelet!

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  2. Love ur post.. and love ur pics more :-)

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  3. Yep, us Indians are notorious for not being able to accept compliments. Your omelette looks lovely, flecked with all that green!

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  4. you did it!!! and it looks fantastic! really love the photograph of that one egg. omelette (esp. with ginger) is a comfort food. really nice Aqua.

    (no one ever told me what your friend told you, but it is an eye opener for me:) I need to learn to stop blabbering those excuses. I think I do it becoz i get embarrassed.)

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  5. It's difficult to know when to be modest and when to graciously accept a compliment. I'm sure it's something many of us struggle with.
    All compliments are deserved on this omelet it looks beautiful and I'm sure it tastes just as delicious.

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  6. Eggs just happen to be on my rocery list for today...now i can make something special with them.
    Great photos.

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  7. I made that myself this morning and then I saw your pic on foodgawker this afternoon! Delicious! Beautiful picture as well.

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  8. Love this flavorful twist on the plain omelette!

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  9. Am hungry...I want the the picture to be alive...where is my genie?
    ;-)

    Your note on accepting compliments was really nice..its like, accepting a gift ...
    "Accepting a gift is also an art like giving it"..I heard one of my friends say once..and its so true.

    cheers,
    d

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  10. Mmm! I prefer butter, too! And it looks like I might be the only one who doesn't add ginger or turmeric. So glad you were able to join in the fun!

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  11. hi there. this is my first time visiting your page. i was searching for sooji ka halwa recipes on the net and came across your commentary on your first attempt at the confection :), then your blog. the pictures are quite bedazzling. have you been taking photos long? i noticed that the blog has been up three years, was photography part of the reason you wanted to begin it? i am very curious about the camera you use. i am in the market for one and i would love to take similar pics as i am a wellness coach with a blog as well..and a tamilian foodie boyfriend. be well and thanks for sharing!

    wendy
    nourishingintelligence.com

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  12. hi,
    this is my first time visiting your page. i was searching for sooji ka halwa recipes on the net and came across your commentary on your first attempt at the confection :), then your blog. the pictures are quite bedazzling. have you been taking photos long? i noticed that the blog has been up three years, was photography part of the reason you wanted to begin it? i am very curious about the camera you use. i am in the market for one and i would love to take similar pics as i am a wellness coach with a blog as well..and a tamilian foodie boyfriend. be well and thanks for sharing!


    wendy, women's wellness coach
    nourishingintelligence.com

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  13. Accepting compliments can get a little getting used to for some but for sure, you'll get used to it. Now, what a very nice omelet recipe you have here, it definitely looks scrumptious!

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