If you’ve never tried a bread omelette, prepare to fall in love with this easy one-pan breakfast sandwich hack, inspired by an Indian street food staple. It’s basically an inside-out egg sandwich and it’s amazing for lunch and dinner too.
I wasn’t making egg sandwiches right until I learned how they are made in dhabas (roadside restaurants) across India. This is the easiest and funnest way I’ve ever made anything in the kitchen—it beats making foil pouch dinners, or mason jar ice cream. Your fillings and flavors can be literally anything, and the action of putting this dish together is exciting enough to get you going the rest of the day.
I’m really not just hyping this up; the technique is a total game changer because everything happens in the same pan, you’re much more in control of your bread, and all the flavors come together in the most delicious and decadent way ever.
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Watching imitations of this amazing process on TikTok is nothing compared to seeing it being made out of an actual dhaba in India. The cooks are such masters that they literally put these things together in a very few minutes, in the coolest display of agility, dexterity, and control. It’s easy to make for cooks at any level, but to make it like a pro does take focus and practice…still, when this is so much fun to do, and you’re stuck at home cooking every meal anyway, might as well make it part of the routine.
During my research I came across different interpretations and variations of the technique and dish. For my video and recipe I decided to focus on the classic Indian street food version: coriander leaves (a.k.a., cilantro), turmeric, chili powder, onions, and tomatoes, served wrapped in the egg, which I cannot recommend enough. After that, since I was having a blast making these, I made your typical egg-cheese-bacon combo as inspiration for those who prefer a classic American flavor profile.
Even if you have your doubts, this is so easy and fast you have nothing to lose by grabbing a few eggs and trying it yourself!
How to Make an Easy Bread Omelette
1. Whisk three eggs in a bowl and season to your liking.
2. In a pan over medium high heat add a good amount of butter, let it melt, and pour in your eggs. Tilt the pan a bit if need be to help them spread over the entire surface.
3. Let them cook for 30 seconds to start setting up, and get two slices of white bread ready.
4. Drop one bread slice over the eggs to one side of the pan, let that side of the slice get coated in the mixture for a couple seconds, then turn the bread over so the other side is in contact with the egg.
5. Drop the second bread slice right next to it, let that side soak for a couple seconds, and turn that piece of bread over too.
6. Let the eggs and bread slices cook for another 30 seconds, then flip the whole thing over.
7. Let it cook face down for half a minute again. This is when your bread that was coated with the egg mixture gets that French toast-like texture and flavor.
8. Flip again and add your fillings. (See the recipes below for some ideas.)
9. Flip one bread slice over the other to close it as a sandwich and let it cook for 10-20 seconds more before flipping one last time. Turn the burner off and let it finish in the pan for a few more seconds. Boom—ready to eat!
Try both variations I made below, or make it your own with even more ingredient combos:
How to Make It Your Own:
- Any type of cheese, cooked meat, and even leftover roasted or grilled veggies or caramelized onions can be added as a filling in step 8.
- Any raw vegetables can be cooked in the butter before adding the egg mixture; just chop them very small so they cook quickly.
- In addition to salt and pepper, try adding other spices to your egg mixture (think Old Bay with crab meat as your filling, or za’atar with a sprinkle of feta inside the sandwich).
Header image courtesy of Guillermo Riveros