A fusion of French fries and eggs, that’s what Chipsi Mayai is all about. This street food is a Tanzanian staple. You can find it in every nook and corner of the East African nation from Dodoma to Dar es Salaam. Simply translated, Chipsi stands for chips and Mayai means eggs in Swahili. This Bantu language is the lingua franca of many African nations including Tanzania.
You can find a blend of many different flavours in Tanzanian cuisine. It is greatly influenced by Arabic and Indian cooking. Whether it’s Muhogo, Mishkaki or Mayai, it is a treat for your taste buds. Chipsi mayai or zege, as the locals fondly call it, is deliciousness served on a platter. As you make your way across Tanzanian streets, you can see oil pots bubbling with freshly cut potato wedges. You can be rest assured, they are serving chipsi mayai.
Fries and Eggs, Chipsi Mayai
The two main ingredients for this recipe are potatoes and eggs. Instead of preparing a plain omelette, they add a twist by making French fries and converting it into an omelette. You can also include onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and other ingredients as per your preference. Double frying the French fries adds increases the taste to the dish.
To pack a punch, it is served with Kachumbari that is a fresh salad comprising onion, cucumber and tomato. Kachumbari originates from the Indian word kachumber. Many also serve it with pili pili, which is a local chilli sauce, to add an acidic flavour. You can also have it with ketchup on top. There’s no overlooking the oil-factor when it comes to chipsi mayai. It’s greasy but unbelievable tasty. You can make it a tad healthier by adding vegetables. Else, just season it with salt and pepper and savour away. You can have it for breakfast, brunch or as a quick snack. A sumptuous addition to your day!
Handful or 2 French fries
Drizzle of oil
Salt, to taste
¼ diced onions
¼ diced green bell peppers
¼ chopped carrot
Add the French fries in the airfryer or in a small frying pan and fry it under medium heat.
In the meantime, beat the eggs with the onions, bell pepper and carrots.
Pour the eggs over fries and spread around the pan.
Cook until underside is cooked, then flip it over with a plate and cook the other side well until golden brown.
When both side are well done takeit off the heat and serve hot with your favorite chili sauce, bread or as simple as it is.
Calories 165, Carbs 10.2 grams, Cholesterol 82 milligrams, Protein 4.5 grams, Fat 9.7 grams, Sodium 145 milligrams