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Chipsi mayai, also called chips mayai, is a popular street food in Tanzania. The main ingredients are French fries and eggs; therefore, it is also known as a "fries omelette." Other vegetables such as onion and tomato may be added to make it special. Let me show you how to make this delicious Tanzanian street food.
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1 to 2 servings
For the French fries:
- 150 grams fries
- cooking oil
For the eggs:
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- hot sauce
- cooking oil
- 1 large bowl
- 1 medium bowl
- 1 small bowl
- chopping board
- saute pan
- frying pan
- tongs or skimmer spoon
- bowl or plate
- Beat eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Heat up oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, start cooking the fries.
- When the fries are halfway cooked, transfer the fries to a plate lined with paper towels or a bowl with a strainer. Allow them to cool.
- Repeat the same procedure with the remaining fries.
- After finishing the first frying, refry all the fries. Cook everything all the way through or until golden brown.
- Once done cooking, place the fries on a plate lined with paper towels or a bowl with a strainer to remove excess oil.
- Transfer the fries to a bowl. Season with salt.
- In a separate pan, cover the bottom the cooked fries. Pour the beaten eggs on top.
- Cover the pan. Cook it until the bottom part is set.
- Flip it over to cook the other side of the omelette. Again, cover the pan.
- Remove from the heat once the omelette is thoroughly cooked.
- Serve chipsi mayai with freshly chopped tomatoes and onions. Add some ketchup or hot sauce on top.
Tips and Techniques
- Double-frying the fries makes them crunchier.
- Adjust the number of side dishes and condiments when serving.
- Mix other vegetables into the fries and egg mixture, if desired.
- Chipsi mayai can be served for breakfast or as a snack.
- For a more authentic flavor, serve with African pepper sauce.
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