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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.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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.
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