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Tortillas in Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Asked by aahelijana98. Answered on 28th September 2015

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What is a corn tortilla? I want to make the Mexican Scrambled Eggs but the ingredients include corn tortillas. What are these? I'm from India, where can they be found?

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Nigella's Mexican Scrambled Eggs (from Nigella Express and on the Nigella website) uses soft corn tortillas. These are Mexican thin flatbreads that are made with a corn based flour called masa, or sometimes with a mixture of masa and regular flour. They are usually filled (for tacos etc) and can also be fried to make tortilla chips.

Nigella fries strips of the tortillas so that they become crunchy and add texture to the scrambled eggs. Unfortunately we understand that it can be difficult to find Mexican ingredients in India. The tortillas are often sold in sealed packages that have a long shelf life so you may be able to find them on-line. Tortilla chips may be slightly easier to find (preferably plain rather than spicy) and you could use these instead, but don't fry them just break a couple of handfuls of chips into the dish as you scramble the eggs (at step 4). Rotis are probably the closest Indian alternative but they may not crisp up as well when fried, particularly if they are made with wholewheat flour. Otherwise you can omit the tortillas and make the scrambled eggs with the tomatoes, chilli and spring onions and serve with your favourite flatbread on the side.

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