Tuesday, October 04, 2005

EoMEoTE #11: Seventies Song Lyrics!

Tasty Together
(Sing to the tune of "Happy Together"...the a cappella hit from the Nylons)

Imagine eggs and carbs, I do
I think about them day and night
It's only right
To think about the food you love
And cook it right
So tasty together

If I should buy some eggs
Invest in a pan
And you say you'll eat breakfast with me
And ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be
So very fine
So happy together

I can't see me loving nothing but eggs
For all my life
When they're with me
Baby the tummy is full
For all my life}.....


I made a retro-sounding snack, The "FRANKIE", a popular street snack in Bombay.
It is a tasty portable snack...very easy to throw together. Frankies with all kinds of fillings-meat, cheese, potatoes-are very popular all over Bombay and I am told that versions of these snacks exist all over India. My home-made version uses twice-cooked potatoes that are seasoned very generously so that each bite is a taste explosion. The egg wash makes it very filling and delicious!
To make 4 frankies, you need:
4 flour tortillas/rotis
2 large eggs
2 large/3 medium potatoes
1 pepper (red or green), diced
1 small onion, minced
2 tbsp cilantro, minced
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp red chilli powder/cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp aamchur (dry mango powder)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1. Beat eggs with some salt and pepper and set aside
2. To make the filling: (a) Dice potatoes and place in a pan with water. Boil till just tender. Drain. (b) Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the pepper and boiled potatoes till browned and crispy. (c) Remove pan from heat. Add onion, cilantro, lemon juice and all the spices, tasting to check that the mixture is tangy and well-seasoned. The filling is ready.
3. To assemble each frankie, heat a tortilla in a non-stick pan. Ladle some egg on the tortilla and spread around. Overturn the tortilla briefly to cook the egg. Flip back and let the torilla crisp-up on the non-eggy side. Remove from pan, add some filling and roll it up. Serve hot.

Do visit the happy sorceress for some great egg recipes and a lot of 70s nostalgia!


  1. the frankies look real nice and your recipe sounds simple. I might try em today to see how they turn out :)
    Incidentally, been to b'bay for just a wk and somehow missed out on this snack. Had heard a lot about it before we left. Thanks for the recipe

  2. ha! i loved "tasty together"!

    now if i could only get it out of my head...

  3. Nupur!

    I love it! Fabulous job.

  4. You are hilarious. I love the song..nice job! And that frankie looks really awesome!

  5. Hey Bilbo, yeah, one week is too less time to try all of the street food in Bombay!

    Hi Holly, I know what you mean :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Stephanie, thanks, and you are doing such a great job of hosting all these events!

    Hi Mona, thanks :)

  6. These look great! My husband and I both love trying snack foods from different cuisines.

  7. dear nupur, hi, the franky looked grt.so many variations are possible ......with diff vegetables, meat or any leftovers thrown in together.little amchur powder or rock salt sprinkled over adds to the taste too.keep it up.love, yoma.

  8. Hi nupur,

    Tried your frankie recipe today ... n it was a major hit... Tks a lot. Keep up the good work of sharing maharastrian recipes...

  9. Hi Sari, it does make a very hearty and tasty lunch!

    Hi Anon. thanks for stopping by...snacks are the best part of cuisine :)

    Hi Yoma, yeah I want to try the paneer version next.

    Hi Annu, thanks so much for letting me know that it worked! I am a novice at writing recipes, so really appreciate the feedback.

  10. Hey Nupur,
    Your "tasty together" just cracked me up. Now I need the Frankies to make my blog-hopping experience complete ;)


  11. Ooooh this looks good! It reminds me vaguely of the chili omelette we loved to eat in Calcutta.

    How come we never saw any frankies though? It must be because we were in the north.


  12. Hey shoots, these are easy to make! give 'em a shot :)

    Hi Elizabeth, "frankies" is actually sort-of a brand name...there are stalls all over bombay selling these. But you are right, you would not find them in the North. Versions of these exist all over India, called "egg rolls" and other things.

  13. To get the authentic frankie taste I would suggest using malaysian parathas, they come pretty close to the maida rotis they use to make the frankies in mumbai..

  14. Really?Popular Indian snack? I have never heard of this!

  15. Thanks for the recipe, Nupur! However, my husband is allergic to potatoes. Does the recipe work with other vegetables too?

  16. Is there anyway I can skip eggs?

  17. is there anyway i can skip eggs?

  18. hey the recipe was yummy,,,though far away from mumbai...I got the same tatse of frankies made in mumbai streets..got nostalgic !

  19. Hey Nupur,
    I just made your Frankies for a quick lunch. They're so tasty! I used Kawan parathas instead of tortillas. The last time I ate one of these was when I was in college. This was a very popular item on the canteen menu at the time.

    Your surali wadis are something I make every two weeks- it is a big hit with my husband. I cook the besan-buttermilk mixture on the stove (I did try microwaving it the very first time I made it but it did not work for me) and add a couple of extra things to the batter while it is cooking for added taste.

    Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    BTW, your new kitchen is fantastic- so clean, clutter-free,organized and bright!
    Congratulations on your new home!

  20. Dear Nupur -- you are such a funny girl and I mean that most sincerely and kindly! This little parody made me laugh! I have been archive-diving and came to read some of your early posts long before I had the pleasure of knowing you. Now I have to trek way back to 2005 for some egg rassa and idli sambhar... all so yummy and fun to see the beginnings of One Hot Stove!

    All the best as always :)


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