Is French toast your go-to dessert brunch for the holidays? If the answer is yes, then it’s time you added a twist to your usual recipe. Masala French toast is simply a spicy variation of the classic version from the Indian subcontinent. If you have a liking for spicy foods, you have to give masala French toast a try.

Masala French toast is favored for its piquant taste. The steps to make Indian masala French toast are essentially the same as the steps to make classic French toast. All you need to do is use different ingredients to make it spicy instead of sweet.


You can also tweak the recipe to your taste preferences, using spices you like in amounts that suit your taste. You can also add veggies of your choice to the batter. You can serve it with any hot sauce of your choice or make it into a tea-time snack.

If you are a pro at making classic French toast, you shouldn’t have any problem making masala French toast. But if it’s your first attempt at making either of them, there is no need to fret because masala French toast is very easy to prepare.

Steps to Make Indian Masala French Toast

Things you’ll need:

Masala french toast things need

  • Nonstick skillet
  • Spatula
  • Bread slices
  • Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 5
  • Salt – per your taste
  • Garlic powder – per your taste
  • Ground pepper – per your taste
  • Onion, finely chopped – 1 small
  • Tomato, finely diced – 1 small
  • Green chilies, chopped – per your taste
  • Cilantro, finely chopped – per your taste
  • Vegetable oil – enough to grease the skillet
  • Glass bowl
  • Mixing fork
  • Measuring cup
  • Knife and cutting board

Step 1. Whisk eggs in a glass bowl

Break the egg shell

Break 5 eggs into a glass bowl.

Whisk eggs in a glass bowl

Eggs form the base of the batter, so be sure to whisk them completely with a fork to an even texture. This will help in making a batter with the consistency of custard.

Step 2. Pour in milk

Pour in milk

Pour 1 cup of whole milk into the bowl. Mix it in thoroughly with the fork. Watch the quantity of milk in proportion to the eggs. Remember, batter that is too runny will cause trouble.


Step 3. Add chopped onion

Add chopped onion

Add 1 small, finely chopped onion to the bowl.

Step 4. Add diced tomato

Add diced tomato

Add 1 small, thinly diced tomato to the mix.


Step 5. Put in chopped green chilies

Put in chopped green chilies

Put in some chopped green chilies. The quantity of chilies can vary depending on how hot you would like it.

Step 6. Add ground pepper

Add ground pepper

Add ground pepper as per your taste. Use freshly ground pepper, if possible, for a better taste and aroma.

Step 7. Add garlic powder

Add garlic powder

Add garlic powder to the batter as per your taste. Garlic powder gives a great flavor to masala French toast.


Step 8. Add salt

Add salt

Add salt into the mix as per your taste.

Step 9. Put chopped cilantro in the bowl

Put-chopped cilantro in the bowl

Finally, put a handful of chopped cilantro (also known as coriander) in the bowl. Cilantro imparts a fresh and fragrant attribute to your masala French toast.

Step 10. Mix thoroughly

Mix thoroughly

Stir the contents of the bowl to mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 11. Put oil in a preheated skillet

Put oil in a preheated skillet

Preheat a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Grease the skillet with vegetable oil.

Step 12. Dip the bread in the batter

Dip the bread in the batter

Dip a bread slice into the spicy batter so that both sides get evenly coated and the bread is covered with chopped vegetables. Dip as many slices of bread as you can fit in your skillet at one time.

Step 13. Fry the soaked slices on the skillet

Fry the soaked slices on skillet

Place the soaked slices on the skillet and fry until golden.

Step 14. Flip to cook the other side

Flip to cook the other side


Flip the bread with a spatula to cook the other side as well. Keep the heat on medium and flip alternately to cook evenly. Medium heat will allow the center of the toast to cook without burning the outside.

Step 15. Serve hot on a plate

Serve hot on a plate

Once your toasts are done, serve them hot on a plate with any sauce of your choice. Hot sauce or spicy chutneys go well with this one.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid using sweet breads for this recipe. The taste of sweet breads may clash with the spices.
  • Observe the same rules as when making classic French toast and you won’t go wrong. Remember the only difference is in the flavors.
  • You can substitute ground pepper and garlic powder with spices of your own choosing.
  • The ideal thickness of a bread slice is ¾ to 1 inch.
  • Wipe the skillet with a damp cloth after every batch. This will help you avoid crumbs from the previous batch sticking to each fresh batch.
  • French toast is not meant to be a diet food. Using skim milk and only egg whites for the batter will cost you the rich taste of French toast.