Friday, April 6, 2012

Bombay Toasts (A Spicy take on the French Toast) & Thoughts on Eggs

Recently eggs have been on my mind. Yes, we are right at the beginning of Easter, which is very egg-centric. But also, my Mom --the egg donor of my existence--moved in with me recently and I have been spending a lot of time with her.

(picture courtesy of The Innovation Diaries which has a very cool article on How To Raise Chickens To Lay Eggs)

I have always thought eggs fragile. Perhaps it has something to do with the Humpty-Dumpty poem from my childhood. In 2011, before my father's death, I wrote:

Heavy, dark clouds massed, as if ordered by a general, at a point right above Sarah’s tiny blue car. From above it looked like a robin’s egg lost from a nest. Thunder boomed and lurid purple lightning cracked the sky, warning of an impending storm.
(The Djinn's Dilemma, Harlequin, 2011)

Well today, my mother is the lost egg. It's been three months, but my mother is still trying to cope with the loss of my father and the end of a happy 53-year-old marriage. There are days she simply falls apart and I have to do my best to hold her together. A lot of tissues, hugs, and listening is involved.

I want to fix her hurt, but I can't. So instead, I seek to comfort. In my family, we often express our love through food. Since she's been staying with me, I have discovered she loves eggs. So I make different variations to tempt her and make her smile.

While many of you might be more familiar with sweeter French Toast dusted with powdered sugar, my mother prefers golden Bombay Toasts spiked with green chilies and cilantro.


2 eggs
1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced (or a bit more)
1 to 2 green chilies (these are slightly larger versions of Thai chilies), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coriander, minced
pinch of turmeric
salt & pepper
a splash of milk
6 to 8 slices of a French Baguette (though traditionally, 3 pieces of white breads cut on the diagonal into triangle is the way to go. But Mom likes this better.)
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons oil or butter


1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs through milk. (Um, yes discard the egg shells)
2. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan.
3. Dip a few slices of bread in the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
4.Place in hot pan, sprinkle a bit of cheee on top if using and drizzle a bit more of the egg mix on top of that. Fry until brown, golden and crispy on both sides.

5. Repeat until all the bread is done. Serve warm. Enjoy!

This post has been brought to you by #Letslunch, a gathering of food bloggers from around the world. Here are a few other egg-citing posts!

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Felicia's Fried Egg Sandwich

Lucy's Tie-Dye Easter Eggs & Oldfashioned Boiled Dressing


  1. Hugs to you and your mom, Rashda. I think I'll surprise my friends and family with this for Easter brunch :)

    1. Thank you Linda...have fun making these! Let me know how they turn out! :)

  2. What an interesting savory twist on French toast. Hope all is better soon with your mom.

    1. Thanks Lucy! Yes, I lean towards the savory-spicy side :)

  3. This is a neat recipe--kind of a self-contained version of a bread strata. It sounds like a very comforting dish too. My best wishes to you and your mother in this sad time -- I hope you keep finding comfort in each other and in your food.

    1. Thank you Felicia! It's really neat how you can go to different parts of the world and find similar recipes & stories.


  4. Excellent twist to french toast and I'll be sure to try it.

    1. Thanks for visiting Nancy! Let me know what you think of it :)

  5. Talk about comfort food; and I hope that comfort is present every day in some form or another for your mom and your family. I adore this recipe and I know my family will consider me queen when I make it for them.

    1. Thanks Nancie! I hope your family enjoys the Bombay Toast :)

  6. I'm intrigued by the idea of a savory french toast. Somehow I feel it needs a sauce (to replace maple syrup). What would you pair with it?

  7. For the kids, probably Ranch or Ketchup...Lol, according to them, everything tastes better with R or K

    For the adults, I'd probably choose something spicier -- a cilantro/mint/chilie chutney or a tomato chutney.

  8. Wow, Rashda -- Wonderful post: so heartfelt and lovely. And the recipe is so my speed; love it.