Omurice or omu-rice (オムライス Omu-raisu) is an example of yoshoku (a Western-influenced style of Japanese cuisine) consisting of an omelette made with fried rice and usually topped with tomato sauce.With omu and raisu being contractions of the words omelette and rice.This dish can also be seen in the famous tv series Midnight Diner- Tokyo stories.

Omurice is said to have originated around the turn of the 20th century at a western style restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district called Renga-tei, inspired by chakin- zushi The dish was brought to Korea and Taiwan, and it is popular cuisine. In Japan, children in particular enjoy omurice, and it is often featured in okosama-ranchi (お子様ランチ) or kids meal.


For Tomato sauce-

Tomatoes- 500 gms.

Garlic- 8-9 cloves

Olive oil- 2 tbsp.

Italian seasoning- 10 gm.

Chili flakes- 10 gm.

Salt- as per taste

For Fried rice-

Boiled rice- 100 gm.

Chopped Garlic- 10 gm.

Chopped Ginger-10 gm.

Spring onion- 1 bunch

Salt- to taste

Sugar- a pinch

MSG- a pinch

Chopped mixed vegetables (carrot, capsicum,mushroom)- 50gms

Soy sauce – 1 bsp

Tomato sauce- 3tbsp.

For omelette:

Eggs- 3 nos.

Butter- 2 Tbsp.

Salt and white pepper- for seasoning.

Pre preparations-

1.Blanch ,peel and puree the tomatoes.

2. Boil the rice.


For Tomato sauce:

  1. Heat olive oil , chopped garlic, chili flakes and dried Italian seasoning, saute for a while.
  2. Add tomato puree and let it simmer for at least half an hour to 45 minutes or until dry, add seasoning and keep aside.

For Fried rice:

  1. Heat oil in a wok.
  2. Saute Ginger , garlic, spring onion whites and mixed vegetables for a while.
  3. Add soy sauce, vinegar and tomato sauce and mix.
  4. Add the boiled rice , toss well and fry .
  5. Add chopped spring onion greens and keep aside.

For omelette:

  1.  Melt butter and olive oil in non stick pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs well , season and add it to the pan.
  3. Scramble for a while (till eggs start coagulating). Cook over a low flame till slightly set.
  4. Add rice in one half of the egg and fold the other half over it and serve by tilting the pan over the plate.
  5. Top it up with some tomato sauce.



Recipe tips:

  1. You can store the leftover tomato sauce in an airtight container.
  2. garnish with herbs like coriander or parsley.

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