Indian Style Savory Masala French Toast
I love the title of this post – “Indian Style French” says so much about the culture and nature of food. I grew up eating this Indian style savory masala French toast and could not have thought, in my wildest imagination, that French toast could be sweet. My mom used to make a sweeter version of this toast but it was not called French toast – it was just Meethi bread (literally translates in to sweet bread). There were no eggs involved. It was white bread dipped in a mixture of milk, sugar and green cardamom powder, shallow fried on a tava (flat cast iron skillet) with lots of ghee (recipe here). Thinks of it as a much simpler and quicker version of Shahi Tukda (recipe here).
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Moving from India to the United States has taught me so much about many different aspects of life. Food being one of the greatest ones of them. I have shared my feelings about how food and recipes blur the lines around regions and borders. It is liberating in many ways. I was amazed to see that most of the breakfast items in the United States are sweet. This was a big cultural shock to me as we were brought up on savory breakfasts – paranthas, omelettes, savory french toast, poha, upma, etc etc. The only sweet component would be some jam or jelly to accompany a toast or parantha. So you can imagine my surprise at seeing doughnuts, muffins, waffles, pancakes and so on. Not to forget the French toast dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup.
Over the years, we have adapted to “American” breakfast style a bit. We love muffins (like these blueberry muffins or these pumpkin pecan muffins), granola (recipe here) and pancakes. But, I have to admit, that I am still a sucker for savory breakfasts. Hence these Indian style savory masala French toasts.
Recipe Run Down
A good bread is the backbone for this recipe. Though this masala french toast is usually made with regular white bread, I have experimented with more hearty, textured breads recently. I have found a good whole wheat bread cut into thick slices works great. Using whole wheat also pumps up the nutrition factor. Beat eggs with a splash of milk or cream and “masala” seasonings like coriander and cumin powders along with a touch of garam masala. Mix in finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger, cilantro and green chilis (optional). Dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and cook on a flat skillet with butter. Serve with ketchup. YUMM!
Here is a handy dandy printable.
Indian Style Savory Masala French Toast
- 6 slices Whole wheat bread
- 4 Eggs
- 1 tablespoon Milk/Cream optional
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- A pinch garam masala
- 1 medium Onion finely chopped aboul ½ cup
- 1 small firm tomato finely chopped about 1/3 cup
- 5 sprigs cilantro leaves stripped and chopped
- 1 green chili minced optional
- ½ tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
- Salted butter/Olive oil – to cook
Take a wide, shallow dish and whisk the eggs with a splash of milk/cream. Add all the spices, salt and pepper and whisk. Whisk in the chopped veggies. Your egg masala to coat the bread slices is ready.
Set a cast iron skillet (or other heavy bottomed skillet) on medium high heat. Once hot, lower the heat to medium.
Take a slice of bread and soak it in the egg mixture for about 5 seconds on each side.
Add a tab of butter (about a teaspoon) or olive oil to the pan and carefully slide the egg masala coated bread slice in to the pan. You might have to spoon some onions and tomatoes onto the bread if they have slipped off.
Cook the toast on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes and then flip and cook till the egg mixture on the other side is done. Add more butter if needed. Butter makes the edges of the bread crispy. Yum.
Repeat with all the slices.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup and a cup of coffee.
If making it for kids, skip green chilis Extra egg mixture can be made into an omelet
I hope you will give this version of French toast a try and like it.
Love – Vaishali.
Measuring Cups: Measuring Spoons:
MelissaAugust 30, 2018 at 11:19 am
That looks amazing! I am always looking for new recipes to try!
JuliAugust 30, 2018 at 11:33 am
This looks like something that I could try this weekend. Looks so delicious as well.
AestheticcontradictionAugust 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm
This looks so good! I’ll add it to my list of thing to make!
CassieAugust 30, 2018 at 8:41 pm
This looks so good!
Bunmies Healthy ChoicesAugust 30, 2018 at 10:57 pm
Thanks for sharing this. You always share such great recipes, I’ll be trying this soon.
Sheena MoncatarAugust 31, 2018 at 3:00 am
Oh, I miss Indian food. I can’t have it here because I don’t know of a good Indian restaurant in this part of the world that I am in. However, whenever I am down south of Thailand specifically in Songkhla, there’s a small restaurant owned by an Indian couple. Pretty small but very popular in the area. Thanks for this post and the recipe!
Kristina @ Spirit of the soulAugust 31, 2018 at 12:32 pm
This looks so good. I’m going to try this recipe.
FlySoulmatesAugust 31, 2018 at 3:17 pm
I never heard about Indian style Masala french toast.
Thanks for sharing the article. I’ll check try it during weekend
Jack LimAugust 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm
Looks so delicious
SreekarSeptember 1, 2018 at 1:01 am
My wife is a huge fan of your blog and she loved this recipe. She says thanks!
VaishaliSeptember 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm
Thanks Sreekar and please convey my appreciation to your wife.
LinhSeptember 2, 2018 at 7:53 am
It looks so cool! Just looking at it whetted my appetite. Can’t wait to buy all the tools and make a dish myself!
JefersonSeptember 2, 2018 at 11:39 am
Masala is so versatile…… I have it as tea….. Soothing aroma……. And delightful for the taste bud……..
charu sharmaSeptember 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm
wow! great recipe! I would love to make it for my daughter but with less masala. I am sure that we can experiment with more veggies in it. Do let me know if you have more idea about this.
Blair VillanuevaSeptember 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm
Wow your masala look delicious, I can’t help staring at it!
Everything On A PlateSeptember 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm
We never thought of giving the french toast an indian twist
Meygan @ AllTheRoomsSeptember 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm
This looks absolutely amazing! This is my kind of french toast. By the way, I really love that you show the kitchen appliances and cooking utensils needed. Great idea!
VaishaliSeptember 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Nina NicholsSeptember 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm
I love French toast but this is the first time I heard of this version. Looks like worth a try, 🙂
SwatiSeptember 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm
Great! My recipe is also almost the same with a little variation. Thank you for nice breakfast recipe.
prabashiSeptember 3, 2018 at 4:27 pm
this looks amazing. This is something i always wondered if it would taste good.
Fibi DreseSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:54 am
Wow, Yummy. Your pizza look very delicious. I would like to try them all:)