Zege

April 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018

#87TH BLOGGING MARATHON

THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFASTS

DAY 26 

Today is the last day of the Mega Blogging Marathon. This has been the second time I’ve participated in the MBM. Its a dedication of full 26 days to get posts according to the theme out on time, and also to comment on the participating bloggers blog too. It just turns into a lot of comments to write but we do get some extra time to complete the commenting. Participating in this Mega series has taught me a lot. I get to learn a lot more about different cuisines, get to know more about different countries and also the main important lesson is it teaches me to be more organized and plan the cooking, photography part, writing and scheduling posts.

I was searching for a breakfast dish with Z and got an option of baking a Swiss bread called Zopf which they enjoy with their cup of coffee. However, I had muesli in mind and couldn’t repeat the country. If I hadn’t come across any other option then I would have had no choice but to repeat the country. Its while I was carrying out my research for breakfast options in neighboring countries that I came across an omelette recipe which is quite different from the usual way we all make omelettes. Just one ingredient makes it so different, tasty and filling. It’s a good Sunday Brunch treat, especially for all those who love that ingredient.

What is the ingredient I’m talking about? Its chips. What the Americans, Indians, Europeans call French fries. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, UK are some of the countries that call French fries chips.  The breakfast dish for letter Z is called Zege. Its from the neighboring country TANZANIA. Zege is also known as Mayai Chipsi (Egg Chips). Some call Omelette with chips and minced meat zege(in Kiswahili it means cement) and some call the chips and omelette preparation zege.

This is one breakfast dish that’s going on my ‘to make frequently’ list. Easy to make, filling and different. You could even use up leftover chips or French fries. Don’t forget to serve it with the traditional kachumbari. Initially I thought that the amount of tomato and onion in the omelette would suffice but I had made the kachumbari for photography purpose. However, on adding the kachumbari as a topping to the zege, hubby and I were pleasantly surprised as to how good it tasted.

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ZEGE

Serves 2

Recipe source : Safari DC

Ingredients for the chips:

3 medium potatoes

oil for deep frying

Ingredients for the omelette:

4 large eggs

I medium tomato, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh coriander

1-2 finely chopped green chillis

2-3 tbsp oil

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper powder

Ingredients for the kachumbari:

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1 tbsp lemon juice

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp red chilli powder

Preparation of the chips:

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into long wedges not too thick or too thin.
  2. Keep the chopped potatoes in the water till required.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying in a wok or kadai.
  4. Remove the chopped potatoes from the water, pat them dry on a kitchen towel.
  5. Add to the oil slowly and fry till done.
  6. Keep the chips on the side till required.

Preparation of the kachumbari:

  1. Mix the chopped coriander,tomato and onion in a bowl.
  2. Add salt, chilli powder and lemon juice and mix well.

Preparation of the zege:

  1. Mix chopped onion, tomato, coriander and chilis in a bowl.
  2. Heat  1 tbsp oil in a small frying pan. I made two separate omelettes as 1 big one would have been difficult to flip.
  3. Break two eggs in another bowl. Add ¼ tsp salt and whisk it.
  4. Add half the chopped onion tomato mixture it in and whisk again.
  5. When the oil is hot add half the amount of chips to the pan.
  6. Let it cook a bit till its a bit crispy. Make a thin layer of the chips in the pan.
  7. Pour the omelette mixture over it.
  8. Cover the frying pan and let the omelette cook.
  9. When you see the edges are beginning to curl up slightly, very carefully flip it over.
  10. Let it cook for a few seconds and serve immediately with some kachumbari.
  11. Following steps 2-10 prepare the second omelette.

Tips:

  • Add cooked minced meat if you prefer.
  • Add spices like ginger and garlic.
  • I would suggest putting the omelette under a broiler once the bottom is cooked so that it doesn’t have to be flipped.
  • If you need to flip it, place a plate over the pan, flip it over, place the pan on the heat and then slowly slip the omelette back to the pan to cook.
  • Traditional kachumbari has only onion and tomato with lemon, salt, coriander and chilli powder. These days other vegetables like cucumber, bell pepper etc are added too.

A – Z Breakfast Dishes:

A – Apple Aeblskiver – Denmark

B – Baghrir – Morocco

C – Changua – Colombia

D – Dutch baby Pancakes – Germany /USA

E – English Breakfast – England

F – French Toast – Canada

G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland

H – Hafragrautur – Iceland

I – Idiyappam – India

J – Johnnycakes – The Caribbean

K – Khabees – Bahrain

L – Lahooh/Lahoh – Somalia

M – Masoub – Yemen

N – Nasi Goreng – Indonesia

O – Oladushki – Russia

P – Pandesal – The Philippines

Q – Qistibi – Tatarstan and Bashkortostan

R – Red Rice Porridge – Bhutan

S – Suafa’i – Samoa

T – Tomato Omelette – Armenia

U – Uji – Kenya

V – Vary Sosoa – Madagascar

W – Welsh Rarebit – Wales

X – Xiao Mi Zhou – China

Y – Yogurt and Muesli Parfait – Switzerland

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14 Comments

  • Sandhiya

    April 30, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Potatoes and eggs, how would it can go wrong?? Zege looks so good, Mayuri. Perfect for breakfast and it’s quite fulfilling too. You have shared amazing and unique 26 breakfast recipe around the world and i throughly enjoyed reading your intros as equally as your recipes. Keep rocking Mayuri!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhiya. All your support is much appreciated.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    May 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I must really say that I totally loved each and every recipe that you shared in the Breakfast series. It takes a lot of time and effort to research and cook up each and every thing, and ensuring that the family eat it too. I am going to come back to your page when I want to try something interesting… This is one my kids would love! Must try it for them…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Rafeeda. Though it was a lot of work it was fun and I learnt a lot about different kinds of breakfasts.

  • Priya Suresh

    May 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Zege will definitely please my french fries lover at home. Yes my younger one just love french fries anytime though i dont let him to have often. Zege makes an excellent filling breakfast definitely. I would like to give a try for our Sunday brunch. Thanks for the share Mayuri.

    Lovely your A-Z breakfast dishes throughout this marathon. Kudos to u.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Thank you so much Priya. Do let me know if your family enjoyed zege. Please do make the kachumbari to go with it.

  • Renu

    May 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This is so different than a normal omelette, My son refuses to eat omelette, will try this method. Bookmarking your recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Renu, hubby and I loved it because of the chips.

  • srividhya

    May 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Potatoes and eggs, who can say no. This sounds like a yummy combo and kudos for successfully completing the second MBM. 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you so much. We really love zege.

  • simplytadka2

    May 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Zege is very healthy and nutritious recipe.. good for breakfast.

  • Pavani

    May 11, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Zege looks so delicious. LOVE the use of French fries in there. My kids will gobble this up in no time. Will try for them some time.

  • Sharmila – The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner

    May 11, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Zege looks fabulous.. Potatoes and eggs makes it complete for a breakfast .Such a lovely end of the marathon.. Loved your entire International breakfast series!!

  • cookingwithsapana

    May 11, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Potato and eggs is a match made in heaven and can never go wrong. It seems and looks like a healthy and filling breakfast. Wonderful post to finish the marathon and loved all your breakfast dishes Mayuri.

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