Kolkata style Egg Toast Recipe

Kolkata street food style Egg Toast recipe

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Kolkata-style Egg Toast is very popular street food, which includes a mini milk loaf fried in eggs. It is quick, easily comes together and people from all walks of life can enjoy it while on the go. What makes this egg bread toast stand apart is the combination of flavours, where the bread brings sweetness while the omelette brings the spice.

Here in this post, I will show you how to make Kolkata street-style ‘dim toast’ recipe or the egg toast at home. There is a bit of tossing-and-turning-them-over involved in this, but don’t worry. I will help you all along to make and enjoy this super simple yet delicious snack at home.

kolkata dim pauruti

Kolkata’s favourite dim toast

I was introduced to this humble yet very filling dish back in 2013 when I worked as an intern in The Calcutta Stock Exchange. I was new there and didn’t know much about the cafeteria. Or perhaps, the absence of it! So, I was told that nearby there are several food joints which offer several options, starting from Bhat-Macher Jhol (Rice & Fish Curry) to Steamed Chicken Momos.

Walking any more than 2 minutes didn’t look feasible to me since it was a hot day, so I turned a corner and saw a guy making these egg bread toasts using a particularly interesting looking loaf. These were small, maybe just 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide, and had a beautifully caramelized head. Next thing I knew I was craving for some roadside dim pauruti!

Upon asking for one, the guy quickly cracked 2 eggs in a stainless steel tumbler and started whisking it a vigorous manner using a fork. Added a fistful of chopped onion, chilies and coriander leaves, a pinch of salt and some spice mix which I couldn’t fathom at that moment. Then came a splash of oil in the skillet which has probably seen a hundred of these dim toasts made in that day!

He quickly poured the whisked eggs, rolled around the skillet to help it spread. And as it sizzled and bubbled, he took a thin serrated knife and sliced a mini-sized loaf of bread. Quickly dipping one side of it in the somewhat liquidy top of the sizzling omelette, before picking it up and placing the other side on it, exposing the dipped side on the top. Now he quickly turned the entire omelette along with the bread upside down to fry the egg smeared side of the bread, folding the fried omelette neatly on the top.

In another minute, he took the egg bread toast out of the skillet and placed it on a, somewhat wonky, paper plate and held it out to me. It was hot, with crispy edges to the egg but what intrigued me was the sweetness of the bread which was cutting through all of it.

How to make Egg Toast or Dim Pauruti at home?

Dim Pauruti is fairly a common occurrence in my kitchen. While growing up it was our fixed Sunday breakfast. Even now we love to have this for Sunday brunches. I use normal sandwich slices here and dunk them in a mildly spicy egg mix before frying. The egg mix soaks the bread and when fried makes it dense, thick and crispy. You can check out the details of Dim Pauruti here.

Here, I have used the exact mini bread loaves that the street-side vendors use. But if you do not get these, use any other thick slices of bread instead. Keep in mind that it should be milk bread or mildly sweet bread (But not those sweet buns or tuttifutti loaves with bits and pieces of tuttifutti in it).

Mini-loaf Sweet Bread

How to make Kolkata Street-style Dim Toast – Ingredients list

  • Sweet mini bread loaves – an alternate would be any other sweet milk bread with slightly thicker slices
  • Eggs
  • Onion
  • Green Chilies
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oil

I tried to replicate the dish as best as I could from my memory. So, here’s a quick list of steps to it.

How to make this Egg Bread Toast recipe at home?

  • Crack 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk it to loosen it. Add some salt, finely chopped onion, green chili and some freshly cracked pepper. Use as much chili as you want, or as little.
  • Heat a skillet with some oil in it. You can use sunflower oil, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil or even ghee.
  • Pour the egg mix in it and roll it around to help it spread.
  • Now quickly slice the mini loaf lengthwise and place it in the egg just to moisten it. Quickly pick it up and turn it upside down and place it again on the egg mix. Cover the skillet and let the egg cook on low heat so that top gets cooked as well.
  • Now turn the bread along with the omelette over so that the moistened side gets fried as well. Fold the egg on the top and once it is fried, serve.

This is a fairly simple dish to make but turning over the bread and egg might be a bit tricky. So, use a nonstick skillet to make it easier. Also keep the heat low so that egg gets cooked properly without burning it. Nobody likes burnt eggs!

If you are an egg lover like me, I think I have you covered with a bunch of easy and delicious egg recipes that could help you plan your breakfasts, lunch and dinner.

Looking for more easy Egg Recipes? Check these out.

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Kolkata style Egg Toast Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Kolkata-style Egg Toast is very popular street food, which includes a mini milk loaf fried in eggs. It is quick, easily comes together and people from all walks of life can enjoy it while on the go. What makes this egg bread toast stand apart is the combination of flavours, where the bread brings sweetness while the omelette brings the spice.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Bengali Breakfast Recipes, Bread Recipes, Egg Recipes, Street Food
Servings: 2 people
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 2 Sweet mini bread loaves – an alternate would be any other sweet milk bread with slightly thicker slices
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Oil
Instructions
  1. Crack 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk it to loosen it. Add some salt, finely chopped onion, green chili and some freshly cracked pepper. Use as much chili as you want, or as little.
  2. Heat a skillet with some oil in it. You can use sunflower oil, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil or even ghee.
  3. Pour the egg mix in it and roll it around to help it spread.
  4. Now quickly slice the mini loaf lengthwise and place it in the egg just to moisten it. Quickly pick it up and turn it upside down and place it again on the egg mix. Cover the skillet and let the egg cook on low heat so that top gets cooked as well.
  5. Now turn the bread along with the omelette over so that the moistened side gets fried as well. Fold the egg on the top and once it is fried, serve.

  6. Repeat for the second serve.

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