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Goan Omelette Poi

by Helene Dsouza on September 3, 2013

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When I had come to Goa for the first time, which seems to be ages ago, the humble Omelette Poi was introduced into my life. The Goan Omelette Poi is basically a tomato onion chili omelette in a goan bread. That’s certainly not a 5 star meal, in fact the goan omlette is a very popular road side snack in Goa which is prepared by omelette gaddos (fast food carts), bhaji joints (fast food veg joints) and also Chai Mamas. Either it’s simply served in a Pao (bread roll), a Poi (flat hollow bread) or there is also a very typical local version including chicken gravy which is better known as Ras Omelette. I came across an informative article that explains and sums up the different Goan breads and their history at The Goan.

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The first Goan Omelette that I had ever tasted was prepared by a skilled Chai Mama. Chai Mama’s are common in outdoor parties during the main Tourist Season. The same have made an appearance too in the European Outdoor parties during summer time, of course they were inspired by the Goan scene. They serve chai, masala chai, mint tea, ginger lemon honey tea and some of them also sell Omelette Poi or Pao. You have to imagine a wonderful night in the forest or on the beach with the music inspiring people from all over the world and the smell of freshly made hot chai and Omlettes lingering in the air together with the notorious and aggressive gas stove smell. The stove smell memory is something that I ll never forget, it was just so out of the world but completely fitting to the environment. I can just say, mystical and so mysterious!

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First I was reluctant to order one of those omelettes. I had sat down on one big bamboo mat prepared by the Chai mamas with some south American, European and Japanese friends that I had met on my journey. Everybody was in a good mood, sitting in the forest glade surrounded by different Mango trees and Bamboos near the Dance floor. The Chai Mama was rather calm compared to some of the fighting nature types that I had encountered later on. Her kettle was conjuring wonderful smelling Chai for everyone, while adjusting the heat  of the mini gas stove frequently. More people started to join our round and some had ordered a few Omelette Poi with the “local” Ketchup. My stomach was of course grumbling but I wasn’t going to have one, so I thought at least until I gave in and had my own Ketchup topped Omelette bread in my hand.

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I pretty much fell in love with it from that day onwards. Funnily enough I had no clue that one could get a Omelette Poi anywhere else and I didn’t know what a bhaji shop (bhaji stands for vegetable, a bhaji shop sells fast food potato bhajis chai etc) or gaddo (Street food carts) was, so I took a few weeks to discover that my new favorite breakfast and snack was available on the other side of the street. Ha!

Everybody in this world has had Omelette before and there are countless versions. The Goans add Onions, Tomatoes and Green Chillies to it. Simple but effective! Nowadays I tend to prepare the Omelette Poi as a snack. It’s a common afternoon/evening treat over here and I have to admit that when I am tired I’ ll just go across the street to buy me some for a few rupees. The road side snack used to be more of a poor mans food and just like many other fast foods in this world, the omlette poi has turned into a trendy food idea much enjoyed by locals and foreigners alike!

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Goan Omelette Poi
Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: Goan
Serves: 2 Omelette Poi
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Enjoy the Goan Omelette Poi as a snack or breakfast at home and bring the goan vibe into your life.
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1 Tomato
  • 4 Eggs
  • chopped fresh Coriander
  • pinch Cumin Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  1. First prepare your onion, tomato and green chillis by rinsing and slicing the onion, dicing the tomato and roughly chopping the green chillis. Also chop your fresh Coriander. Goan Omelette Poi http://masalaherb.com #stepbystep #recipe @masalaherb
  2. In a bowl add the eggs then the cumin powder, salt and pepper and mix the whole content. Continue to add the onion, tomato and chilli pieces and mix again. Goan Omelette Poi http://masalaherb.com #stepbystep #recipe @masalaherb
  3. Heat up a non stick frying pan, add 1 Tablespoon of butter first and add half of the liquid omelette mixture into the pan. Cook on one side until golden brown, flip and cook the other side the same way. Do the same again with the remaining 1 Tablespoon butter and the rest of the omelette mixture. Goan Omelette Poi http://masalaherb.com #stepbystep #recipe @masalaherb Goan Omelette Poi http://masalaherb.com #stepbystep #recipe @masalaherb
  4. Serve hot in a Poi or Pao (or other bread) and spicy Ketchup.

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I am Helene, the author behind Masala Herb! My aim is to show you an incredible world full of surprises. Food, Culture and Travel are my forte and that's what I enjoy. Follow my Food and Travel adventures and learn some incredible things! Now in the beautifull Indian coastline state, Goa.

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Now i know what it is? We have the omelette and we eat them with bread never with this pao that is why i didn’t know. Looks delish
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What a yummy way to have omelette! Can’t wait to try these on my visit to Goa! Thanks for sharing.
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Angie@Angie's Recipes

Love egg sandwiches :-) I can eat at least two at one go!
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i miss buying pois and even eating them :-( i wish i knew how to make them at home. i have never had anything from the street vendors or the chai mamas whilst in goa. this combo of omelette and poi also happens to be hubby’s favorite.
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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

I’ve never eaten an omelette like that before. I make omelettes and eat them with veggies and cheese or I make a bacon egg and cheese sandwich on an American biscuit when I’m getting homesick. Your omelette poi sounds terrific!
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This sounds like my kind of breakfast, Helene! I don’t know what bread I’ll use but I will definitely be trying your lovely omelet sandwiches soon. And it occurs to me that with all the regional Indian restaurants here in Dubai, I’ll bet I can find omelette poi to buy as well!
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The Ninja Baker

I’ll take two to go, Helene! And then go dancing on the beach. Honestly, your life sounds like something out of a movie =) Love it!

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I love all the omelets from all around the world. Every time I taste (ore rather prepare) one, I think: eggs are awesome! Your omelet is no exception here: it looks absolutely luscious and I’m sure tastes great. I wish I had the same bread too…
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Kitchen Belleicious

egg and bread! Its such a great idea and makes the idea of having an omelette to a whole new meaning sound even more exciting. I love the flavors you have going on
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Actually, this looks and sounds pretty 5-star to me! My son just ate his way through Vietnam and only ate street food and it all looked amazing! I want to visit India and do the same.


Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

My mom adds green chilli to her omlettes too! Your recipe is conjouring up smells and tastes of my younger days!
Thanks for sharing this!
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Interesting recipe, and a fun way to eat an omelette! I’ll have to give it a try. And I’ve never thought to add cumin or coriander powder to an omelette – definitely a great idea! Thanks so much.
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Nava Krishnan

While the name of the recipe is new to me, I am intrigued over how it turned out. the cooking technique is also new but I adore the outcome. We just love too much of eggs and it’s a dish I am waiting to try out for this weekend.
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

These look so scrumptious, Helene! Love the way you made an omelette even better with your lovely recipe!



I love omelets full of flavor and this one is spectacular. :) Love all those green chilies!
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This sounds so flavorful – I would love to try this for breakfast or lunch!
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An omelette is so delicious, I love the innovation involved!
Flavoursome ingredients 😀

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Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

Ohhhhhhhhh. You know how to make me hungry.
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I have a weakness for all things omelette, lol…Yours sounds quite intriguing, Helene. I must try it one day. Thank you so much for sharing the story and the sandwich!
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I’ve never seen an omelet like this! So cool!
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wok with ray

Your omelet looks very flavorful and I would also like mine to go. :)
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Great idea for an omelet. And I enjoyed the story :-)
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Sanjeeta kk

What a fun recipe to make on weekend for my kids..but don’t get Poi here…
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This looks soo good Helene – I love the name too… it reminds me of how we used to pronounce “pie” in my family as a joke when I was a kid! Such a beautiful “poi”… must be fantastic as a breakfast!
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You know Helene, it might be simple but it is so comforting in a way that can’t be explained. I love the package and your story behind your first time trying this. You just gave me a neat lunch idea for tomorrow.
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Great post! Loved the story of how you came to finally try this. For me, anything with an egg gets my attention. This is a breakfast I would definitely enjoy! Will be trying this!



Can I have some? This is just my kind of food!!!
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