The best mornings are the ones when I wake up to the appetizing aroma of a thick, fresh omlette. Doesn’t it work like a great alarm clock? For those untouched by the phenomenon of omlette (which I find hard to believe), it is a thick, soft and fluffy egg pancake that is folded into a half-moon after being cooked from both sides. Any kind of vegetables and spices can be added.  

Generally served in breakfast plates at restaurants, most people tend to believe that it is another dish from the English fare that we’ve accepted as our own. Contrary to popular belief, omlettes are actually of French origin. We can see the shock on your faces and it’s understandable too, since we are used to some fancy-pancy dishes from the French culinaire. Now something as basic as the omlette is also francais? Let’s see how. 

Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte’s army rested at an inn while they were on their journey to the South of France. Located in a small town of Bessieres, the care taker of the inn served Napoleon an omlette for breakfast and he instantly fell in love with it. To this day, an annual Easter celebration in this town is incomplete without a giant omlette, following suit of the omlette preparation that was done for Napoleon’s army during his stay. 

To further validate this claim, language has always served as a significant clue in tracing the origins of a cuisine or food item. Here too, the omlette derivates from the French amlette meaning, “blade”. Take a look at the omlette again and just think, doesn’t the shape actually look like a blade? 

As an Indian, I love my masala omlette stuffed with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, sliced green chilies and some freshly plucked coriander. A pinch of salt and red chilli powder (and turmeric on some days) with two slices of buttered toast and I’m good to go. Now that is how I have grown up eating this form of egg. However, does an omlette look the same everywhere. Not at all. 

Here’s how the omlette wound up in different parts of the world. 

1. Spanish Omlette

A very popular kind of omlette is the one from Spain. Traditionally called Tortilla de Patatas, this one is made with potatoes and eggs and sliced before serving hot. 

2. Italian Omlette 

The Italians like to call it their fritattas and similar to the Spanish, they like it with potatoes and some parmesan too. Everything, from meat to vegetables is possible in this delectable omlette cake. 

3. Japanese Omlette 

The Japanese version is a little different from the way the rest of the world pictures their omlette. In an aesthetically-pleasing way, the egg layers are cooked and rolled on a pan. Dip it into soy sauce and enjoy these Tamagoyaki in peace. 

4. Thai Omlette 

The idea of an omlette is usually breakfast but the Thai people like to slurrp their Khai Jiao as a street food on a bed of rice with some meat and a slight tinge of lemon or vinegar. 

5. Persian Omlette 

How could we skip the Middle-East when we’re on the topic of food. Full of tomatoes and only tomatoes, this Persian variant is juicy and a great accompaniment with rice or flatbread. 

Guess we finally solved the long unanswered Ande ka Funda.