I have always loved French Toast for breakfast. As a child, it was always a treat to get French toast in the morning and it was usually on our days off School or in the School holidays that we got these. For some reason, we never ate French toast when we went out so it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I discovered that the version of French toast that I had been eating all my life was not the norm every where else. Initially I thought the cafe had my order wrong, but on checking the menu I realised they had in fact detailed it as sweet.
I went through years without eating French toast as I couldn’t cook in my twenties and I didn’t know how to make them. When I got pregnant with my son at the age of 30, what do I crave for? French Toast! Fortunately, my sister in law knew how to make them and she taught me how simple it was to make. I ate French Toast, Fries and drank Coke throughout my pregnancy as I couldn’t eat anything else.
Indian French toast
Over the years as my cooking skills developed and I learnt to play around with spices, I changed this recipe a little to suit how I liked them and this is one of our family favourites.
- 8 slices of a day old bread
- 4 eggs
- Black pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- 2 tsp green chilli paste (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp cumin coriander powder
- 1 tsp crushed dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
- Oil to shallow fry
- Slice the bread into triangles or rectangles, any shape of your choice. I like triangles as they look pretty and the edges get very nice and crispy.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add all the ingredients (except for the oil)
- Heat oil in a shallow pan, on medium high heat.
- Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture and slowly add to the pan. I like to cook mine on slightly lower heat as it helps crisp up the bread.
- Cook 2 minutes on one side, and then turn over to cook the other side for 1 minute.
- Drain excess oil off on kitchen paper.
- Serve hot with a cup of tea and home made chutneys or spicy ketchup.