Zege/Chipsi Mayai

February 21, 2021mayurisjikoni
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What is Zege/Chipsi Mayai?

Zege/Chipsi Mayai is an unusual omelette which is not only tasty but its a meal on its own. Zege/ Chips Mayai is a famous Tanzanian Street Food. Mayai in Kiswahili is egg and chipsi is chips or French Fries. Chopped onions, tomatoes, green pepper and coriander (cilantro) are added to the omelette mixture. Fried chips or French Fries are layered in the frying pan and the omelette mixture is added on top. The omelette is cooked till done and served with a local salad called Kachumbari. The word Zege means Cement in Kiswahili. To make a ‘solid’ meal, cooked minced meat is also added. Served as a breakfast or any time snack option.




I made Zege for the first time for the Mega Blogging Marathon theme. The theme was to explore the flavors from different countries and come up with International Breakfast Dishes. I chose to follow the theme with alphabetical International Breakfast Names. For letter Z it was quite a hunt. I finally came across Zege/Chipsi Mayai on the blog Safari DC. Immediately, I knew I had to try out the recipe. Being a vegetarian, I prepared it without minced meat. It was an instant hit at home. Over time, I’ve made Zege several times as a brunch or light dinner option but didn’t get a chance to take better photos of the dish.


Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers who every Sunday share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in. This Sunday the theme is BREAKFAST FOR SUPPER suggested by Sue Lau. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to redo the Zege/ Chipsi Mayai post and re- introduce it to my followers. As Hubby and I age, we find Zege too heavy for breakfast and usually land up enjoying for lunch or supper.

Check out what Fellow Members of Sunday Funday have prepared for this theme:


Chips or French Fries, the vital Ingredient

Don’t mistake Chips as the deep fried crispy crunch snack. Chips is the term used by UK and most of the Commonwealth Countries for French Fries.

Prepare chips or French Fries fresh or use leftover ones.

Can you Use Oven Baked or Air Fryer Chips?

Most definitely you can.

What is Kachumbari?

Kachumbari is a famous Salad from East Africa. A simple and very tasty salad, it resembles Salsa. Chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, fresh coriander are mixed with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Kachumbari is usually served with most Swahili or East African Dishes, be it a plate of plain chips to Kebabs and Biryani.

When I tried the recipe for the first time, I had my reservations of serving kachumbari with the Zege. I thought that the omelette already has enough chopped tomatoes and onions, why serve more. However, we were pleasantly surprised how much the kachumbari changed the overall taste of Zege/ Chipsi Mayai. So don’t omit the salad.


Ingredients Required For Zege/Chipsi Mayai

  • Eggs
  • Potatoes – for Fresh Fries or Chips. If using frozen ones, you need about 2 cups of chips.
  • Fresh Tomatoes – for both the omelette and the salad.
  • Onion – white, purple or yellow for both the omelette and the salad.
  • Fresh Coriander – cilantro, for both the omelette and the salad.
  • Salt – for both the omelette and the salad.
  • Pepper Powder – for both the omelette and the salad.
  • Chilli Powder – Cayenne or Paprika Powder for the salad.
  • Green Chillis – fresh, sliced for the omelette.Optional ingredient.
  • Fresh lemon juice – for the salad.
  • Oil – for the omelette and for deep frying chips. If you use baked or air fryer chips then you need less oil.
  • Green Pepper – I have not used as hubby is allergic to them. Add some chopped green pepper if you like.







Zege/Chipsi Mayai is an unusual omelette which is not only tasty but its a meal on its own.Chips or French Fries are added to the omelette.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, dinner, Light Meal
Cuisine Swahili, Tanzanian
Servings 2 people


For the Chips/ French fries:

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • oil for deep frying or for oven baked chips

For the Omelette:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 1-2 green chillis finely chopped, optional
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper powder

For the Kachumbari:

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder


Preparation of the Chips/ French Fries:

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

Preparation of the kachumbari:

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

Preparation of the Zege/ Chipsi Mayai:

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


  • Add cooked minced meat if you prefer.
  • Add spices like minced ginger and garlic for different flavour.
  • Traditional kachumbari has only onion and tomato with lemon, salt, coriander and chilli powder. These days other vegetables like cucumber, bell pepper are added.
Keyword how to make Zege, Zege/ Chipsi Mayai Recipe


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Some More Breakfast Ideas – 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

Check out what other Mega Blogging Marathoners have made for Day 26:

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  • 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.

  • gayathriraani

    May 18, 2018 at 7:05 am

    That is a wonderful find Mayuri. I am sure my potato loving daughter would love this for sure. I loved all your breakfast recipes around the world this BM. As you mentioned BM gives discipline in preparing and creating posts, commenting on other blogs and we learn a lot about cuisines too. That is why I try to participate in every Mega BM.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Gayathri and yes all these BM themes are fantastic and we learn so much from each other.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 21, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Wow this is such a fantastic find Mayuri, I enjoyed your breakfast series and you made it so challenging by having AToZ and not repeating the countries, kudos!..this would be so liked by kids!..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Srivalli.. if I had not set the challenge then I may not have discovered different breakfast dishes from different countries.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 7, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Wow Mayuri! You have done an awesome job picking breakfast from different countries and also doing an A to Z. The Zege looks so good and who can say no to waking up to these beauties.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 4:59 am

      Thanks Sandhya, this is one of my favorite.

  • manjulabharathkumar2016

    June 13, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Chips , omelette and kachurmi such an amazing combo !! It looks fabulous di , You did such an amazing job with picking some unique breakfast recipes around the world .. Apart from that I loved reading all your intros 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much Manjula.

  • Padmajha PJ

    June 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Before even reading the ingredients, I loved the plate of zege. French fries in breakfast is such a yum option right. I would love to make a veg version of this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2018 at 4:38 am

      Thanks Padmajha. Its become one of our favorite.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    August 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, mayuri, that looks like a kings breakfast!!! looks colorful and tempting!!! Loved ur breakfast dishes mayuri! superb series!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

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  • Wendy Klik

    February 21, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    I’m so glad you shared this again…..so many amazing recipes to go through…thanks. Love the alphabet theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy.

  • Sue Lau

    February 21, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    This is perfect for saving and providing frugal use for leftover French Fries. I will keep this recipe in mind.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 21, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much Sue. Enjoy when you try out the recipe.

  • Karen @Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    February 22, 2021 at 1:18 am

    I just made some scrambled eggs with tortilla chips in them for breakfast this morning. This omelet sounds delicious with the potatoes!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Karen, scrambled eggs with tortilla chips sounds really good.

  • Renu

    February 22, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    5 stars
    I have heard about this dish earlier though never tried it. I like that it is layered with chips so fussy egg eaters like my daughter would be tempted. This is also so much healthy with all the veggies and that last pic with all that Kachumbari on top is so tempting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks Renu, it definitely tastes so good with the kachumbari. These days I make it with oven roasted chips so makes it so much healthier.

  • Archana

    February 23, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    5 stars
    zege chipsi mayai loos so yum! I just want to grab the plate off the screen. It is definitely what hubby will love. Will try making it in Bangalore.

  • Archana

    February 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    5 stars
    zege chipsi mayai loos so yum! I just want to grab the plate off the screen. It is definitely what hubby will love. Will try making it in Bangalore. The girls will love it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. With the French fries added one doesn’t need any bread on the side as its filling on its own.

  • Sneha Datar

    February 23, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    This is my hubby’s favorite omelette, whenever there is leftover french fries, your’s look so delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Sneha. Happy that your hubby loves it.

  • Rebekah Hills

    February 23, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    How fun is this??! I am going to have to try this soon with my family.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Yes, its definitely a fun recipe.thank you so much Rebekah, enjoy.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    March 2, 2021 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    Zege is a filling and easy to make breakfast option. Looks delicious with the potato fries and the salad. Ideal breakfast for Sunday.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 2, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Jayashree and it sure is a fun and filling breakfast or brunch option.

  • Aathirai

    April 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    4 stars
    This is my hubby’s favorite whenever there are leftover french fries, your’s look so delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you so much.

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