Masala-spiced French Toast with Green Chutney

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By Imran Nathoo, Masterchef 2017 Quarterfinalist and Food Blogger
10 - 20 mins
Beginner
Servings
2

This is Chef and Food blogger Imran Nathoo's take on what to do with leftover bread. In fact this works really well with stale bread as it absorbs more of the delicious French toast mixture than fresh bread. This spiced take on the classic works well for brunch or a light lunch, perfect with a nice cup of tea. The green chutney is a zingy accompaniment that cuts through the richness of the French toast, and is a perfect way to use up every last bit of any fresh herbs you have knocking about as it also uses the stalks. Enjoy!

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Vegetarian
Ingredients
Spiced French toast:
2 slices of leftover bread (ideally thick sliced bread makes better French toast)
2 eggs
4 tbsp of milk
½ tsp of ground garam masala
½ tsp of ground turmeric
½ tsp of hot chilli powder
Large pinch of fine sea salt
Sunflower oil
Butter
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Green chutney (works better with softer herbs):
Handful of coriander leaves and stalks
Handful of parsley leaves and stalks
1 green chilli
Coarse sea salt, to taste
1 lime
Instructions
For the green chutney, put the coriander and parsley in a pan of boiling hot water for a couple of minutes. Drain, and then put the herbs in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. This will soften the herbs, especially their stalks.
Drain the herbs and chop them quite finely on a chopping board.
Use a pestle and mortar (if you’ve got one), or continue chopping finely, adding a pinch of coarse sea salt, the juice of half a lime, and half a thinly-sliced green chilli.
Mix well until you have a bright green chunky sauce. Add more salt, lime and chilli to suit your taste.
For the French toast, mix the eggs, milk, salt and spices in a bowl.
Transfer the mixture to a large shallow bowl or large-rimmed plate.
Place a frying pan over a medium heat, add a glug of sunflower oil and knob of butter to the pan.
Dip the slices of bread into the French toast mixture, and make sure they are well-coated but not so much that the bread falls apart!
When the butter is beginning to bubble, place the dipped bread into the pan.
Cook for 3-4 mins on each side or until each side goes golden brown.
Transfer to a plate and get stuck in!
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Serving tip: Cut the French toast into triangles and arrange them around the edge of the plate. Season with coarse sea salt and hot chilli powder. Then finish with some coriander leaves and chopped chillies scattered over the top. Serve the chutney alongside in a little dish.
Leftover tip: If there is any remaining French toast mixture, then carry on cooking off any leftover bread you still have if there are others around you that fancy a snack.
Cooking for more than two: The recipe ingredients can simply be doubled if you need to cook for more than two people.