Cilantro Omelette

We had a busy weekend. More than usual, because we are expecting my in-laws this Thursday. I am excited about their visit and the possibility of learning more from them. They are my gurus and great persons in general. Counting the hours…

If my posts read out of touch with current fads of food blogosphere, contact elusive (what’s new, right? :) ) in the coming months, you know the reason.

Naturally, the home is going major upside-down cleaning ritual. So l needed an easy meal for lunch. An omelette filled with cilantro and some steam-cooked vegetables. Cilantro omelette, is what made me fell in love with cilantro. Even though it’s quite ubiquitous growing up, I used to have no opinion about cilantro, but one hungry day during college days similar to the one I had today, I made this. Boom… it’s been a technicolor Jai Ho for cilantro from then on. If this is your first time with cilantro, or looking for something new with cilantro, try this egg based recipe. You would love cilantro and always fondly remember the flavor it brings to the eggs.

Cilantro on Egg
Cilantro on Egg

Cilantro Omelette
(for two adults, for a light meal)

5 eggs of good quality
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup, finely chopped red onion or shallots
1 green chilli – finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Break eggs into a big cup. I always remove yellows because of their overtly chemical taste and smell. Keep them if you are immune/ accustomed. Add salt and lightly beat. Add cilantro, onion and green chilli. Mix well.

In a cast-iron skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil or ghee over medium-high heat. Add eggs mixture and gently swirl to spread eggs to the edge of skillet. When omelette is lightly brown at the edges, turn opposite side. Cook for couple of minutes to pale red. Serve hot.

For light meal, steam cook vegetables. Cut avocado to slices. Place them on a plate with omelette. Add tomato chutney or salsa for little bit of zing. There you go, a light meal that won’t take long to prepare and helps to keep the energy up.

© Recipe and Photos Copyright 2009 Indira Singari

Cilantro Omelet
Cilantro Omelette with Avocado, Steamed Vegetables and Tomato Chutney ~ Meal Today

This is my entry to lovely food blogger Cilantro’s Cilantro Jihva Event.


  • By Kalyani, April 20, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    Hi Indira,

    It looks great … i too make omelette with onions and cilantro … its a simple one when we dont have enough time to make a curry ……..

  • By Pooja, April 20, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    Such a pretty meal.

  • By Cilantro, April 20, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    Indira, Thanks for the entry. I am glad to be part of JFI. I am into the cleaning ritual too for my sisters visit. Cilantro omelette looks good as usual.

  • By Kay, April 20, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    Indira, For you, it’s cilantro omelette.. For me, it used to be cilantro thayir saadam.. My curd rice during school times didn’t have a leaf or two of cilantro. My little dabba had almost 1/4 bunch of raw finely chopped tender cilantro leaves in it. The fragrance!! Divine! LOVE the cilantro leaves.

    Did you know cilantro is used in cleansing heavy metals from the body as a part of detoxing?

  • By Siri, April 20, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    I add cilantro to anything and everything :) . Love the unique taste they give to the recipe. the omelette looks soo yummy :) Hope you have a fun time with your in-laws :D


  • By rashmi, April 20, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

    yep… i too agree… cilantro is such a lovely herb it just adds color and flavour to all the dishes…..

  • By Le, April 20, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

    Healthy meal with great aroma from cilantro..

  • By R, April 20, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    I stuff the same between pan fryed bread slices and relish them during busy days’ patio lunch session.
    Very easy and quick lunch fix for working from home moms. My vote for this. (can’t help it, it is elections time in India).

  • By Nirmala, April 20, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

    Cilantro is a close-to-my-heart herb and I love it in almost anything savory. Once I tried a focaccia bread topped with lots of cilantro. This omelette looks so liht and healthy and with the steam cooked veggeies its a pleasure on th tummy too :)

  • By Mamatha, April 21, 2009 @ 5:43 am

    With the avocado and the steamed veggies, that omelette sure makes for a wholesome meal. Good one Indira. Enjoy your time with the in-laws.

  • By Lakshmi, April 21, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    that looks like one colorful plate. Always imagined omelette as b’fast. Never thought about it for lunch…hmmm. that must be one filling meal.

  • By Happy Cook, April 21, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Wow i love the way you have served the omeltte, looks so yumm.

  • By Angel, April 21, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    Hi Indira garu …It’s so nice to see the lovely pic. My Mom used to make the same one when we were young and I still remember that taste. Thanx a lot.

  • By Angel, April 21, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Indira garu… Just wanted to know about the Food blog events. It was there in the old website and now can’t seem to find in the new one.

  • By Angel, April 21, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Sorry, what I meant was it would be nice if it can be included in the new one as it will be easy to know the events that are taking place and also forthcoming ones.

  • By cdecocina, April 21, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    Nice recipe: simple and tasty. Love cilantro, it´s a pity it´s difficult to find in my city. I will end up growing my own garden at home, it would make possible to cook so delicious dishes…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • By Ranjan, April 21, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    Indira, omelette looks lovely, my only weakness is I always end up adding cheese as well and an extra chilli

  • By Madhavi, April 21, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    Yes, anything with Cilantro is good – I make omelette with Cilantro too. Love Cilantro and add to everything – savoury recipes, that is!

  • By Vishali, April 21, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    wow Cilantro omlette looks so tempting and inviting Idira garu…:)

  • By trupti, April 21, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

    I hope your in-laws will have a wonderful time in the US, I hope they will post too!
    Cilantro is one of my fav. herbs…….must make this for Kartik sometime. :)

  • By Indira, April 21, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

    Thank you all for the lovely cilantro comments. Glad to read that you are familiar with this recipe. Hope you get a chance to remake and enjoy it sometime soon.

    Cilantro: Loved participating in the JFI event. Thank you for hosting.
    Have a wonderful time with your sister.

    I will. Thanks Siri and Mamatha.

    Kay: we make a energetic chorus to Jai Ho Cilantro song.:)
    Cilantro thayir saadam, you have given me another excellent idea for JFI.
    I didn’t know about this particular health benefit of cilantro. Write a detailed post for JFI?

    Thanks R for the precious vote.

    Angel: I added food blog events link to the sidebar. Check it out.

    Ranjan: Cheese and chilli… that is so tempting.:)

    Thanks Trupti.
    Good way to tuck in some cilantro for children.:)

  • By Chilli, April 22, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    My mom used to make omlettes just like this when we were kids (minus the avocado and tomato chutney of course, those are great serving ideas). An omlette like this in two small sandwiches was my favourite lunch. Now I make mine pretty much the same but with the tiny addition of garlic.
    Chemical taste and smell in the yolks?? I have to say I haven’t experienced that. Have you tried organic eggs??

  • By Kay, April 22, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    Sure Indira, will do.

  • By Kamala, April 22, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

    Never tried Cilanto and egg combination. Can’t wait to try now.Thank you for the “Quick Lunch” post. I am hoping to see more of this kind.

  • By Satya, April 26, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    Hi Indira,

    Although I am a Vegetarian and don’t eat eggs or meat, this looks heavenly. I will make it for my Husband who loves to eat Omelette…

  • By jaya, April 30, 2009 @ 12:23 am

    Such A beauty …I like the way it’s presented :) …omlette with onions/cilantro/green chillies is always a part of our dinner table..
    hugs and smiles

  • By Swapna, April 30, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    Ey Indira,

    Could you suggest some of the well known brands of cast iron available here in the US?

  • By sony, May 11, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    It looks really great !

    May I know what that yellow vegetable is ?


  • By Anne, May 16, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this.

    I have been known to add chopped up jalapenos to my eggs. Never thought of the cilantro. MMMM

  • By PreeOccupied, August 4, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    First time on your Blog. I simply heart it. That cilantro omelette looks gorgeous. Love the idea of sliced avocados.

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