A Spice infused treat, this savoury naan bread french toast, is well balanced in flavour with just the right amount of spice to lift the age old classic french toast, to delicious new heights.
You may be surprised to know, that the actual origins of FRENCH TOAST, is not exactly known. One of the earliest versions of french toast, has been from a ROMAN COOKERY COLLECTION, dating back to the 4th- 5th Century. It was in the 17th Century, that the name FRENCH TOAST was first used in England, and taken to America by early settlers.
There are numerous names by which this old school classic is often referred by. If you have heard of EGGY-BREAD, GERMAN TOAST, GYPSY TOAST, OR EVEN BOMBAY TOAST, then all of these are variations of none other than FRENCH TOAST. We in South Africa, do also enjoy this kind of toast, and our Indian ancestors, brought with them their variation, the Bombay toast.
This Simple yet delicious Toast, is basically, slices of bread that is dipped in a mix of eggs and milk, and fried in oil until crisp and golden brown. South African Indians, thoroughly enjoy this savoury french toast version, over weekends, or carried along as ‘PADKOS’. Literally translated, PADKOS is Afrikaans for ‘ROAD FOOD’. What is a road trip without some delicious munchies right!!! Padkos can entail a huge range of munchies, and among the South African Indian Community, “EGG BREAD” (Our name for french toast ;-p), usually ranks quite high on the list of foods suitable for PADKOS.
I usually whip this Savoury french toast, for my Husband, who grew up loving this toast. So, I use my regular Omelette mixture, add in some spices, and flavoursome herbs, to bring this savoury toast to life. Many years back, I had made use of ‘a day old’ Naan (Naan is a yeast bread, shaped into ovals/rounds, and is delicately flavoured with fennel seeds before baking), something I am passionate about and call my “WANT NOT, WASTE NOT” creations. This version, is now his favourite, and if you haven’t tried french toast using NAAN, then you are missing out.
HAVE YOU TRIED OUT MY OTHER SPICY/SWEET FRENCH TOAST VERSION? HERE, GIVE THIS ROLLED UP CINNAMON SUGAR FRENCH TOAST A TRY.
The versatility of this egg mixture, is perfect to also turn into an omelette. SO LET ME NOT TAKE UP ANYMORE OF YOUR TIME, Save or Print this recipe, now head on into your kitchen to whip up some for your loved ones. The mingling of the spices, aromatic herbs and fennel seed from the naan, will soon MAKE THIS SAVOURY NAAN BREAD FRENCH TOAST, your family favourite too.
HAPPY FRENCH TOAST MAKING LOVELIES
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SAVOURY NAAN BREAD FRENCH TOAST - Marsay Family Favourite
AUTHOR: FOODEVA MARSAY (@foodeva_marsay)
2-3 extra large eggs
1/4 cup fresh cream or milk
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder (dissolved in 1 Tablespoon Water)
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/4 teaspoon Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Chilli Flakes (crushed chillies)
1/2 teaspoon Coriander Cumin Powder
SALT AND PEPPER TO SEASON
2-3 Tablespoon Fresh coriander chopped
2 Green Stems of Spring Onions/Shallot leaves, snipped into rings
3-4 THICKLY SLICED NAAN BREAD (OR ANY OTHER BREAD VARIETIES)
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Oil/Ghee to fry
~ Crack eggs into a large bowl, add the baking powder mixture and the fresh cream/milk, and beat well
~ Now add in the rest of the spices, whisk well to blend in, follow by adding the fresh herbs.
~ Whisk all these well, and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes, so that the spice and herbs flavourings are infused into the egg mixture.
~ Heat the oil or ghee (or a mix), in a large enough frying pan, on the stove top.
~ Dip in the sliced Naan Bread, into the spiced egg mixture, on both sides.
~ Carefully lift the dipped breads, and place into the heated oil
~ Fry the savoury naan bread french toasts, for a few minutes on both sides, until crisp and golden brown.
~ Serve garnished with a scatter of Spring onions/shallots leaves, a few chopped coriander leaves and lightly seasoned, sautéed cocktail tomatoes.
NOTES BY FOODEVA MARSAY
> You may use any type of Bread.
> Make a toasted sandwiched, with any filling, dunked into this spicy egg mixture. #YUMMY
> Add Garlic or chopped green chillies into the egg mixture, for an even fiery version.
> For a more classic, sweeter french toast version, give my rolled cinnamon sugar french toast a try.
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