Mkate Mayai

  • on June 9, 2022

This dish is made by many Ismaili families, it’s name ‘Mkate Mayai’ literally means Egg Bread, however there is no bread in this dish.  It could be named mkate as the  the constancy of the minced meat base is little like meat loaf.  The spicy mince beef sauce is combined with egg white and topped with egg yolks at baked until the meaty sauce sets.

Mkate Mayai

Sukaina Nasser Mamado
This dish is made by many Ismaili families, it's name 'Mkate Mayai' literally means Egg Bread, however there is no bread in this dish.
Prep Time 55 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Meat Dishes
Cuisine African, Indian
Servings 2


  • 1/2 kilogram(kg) lean minced beef OR lamb
  • 5 medium onions,chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cinnamon
  • 2 pods of cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon(tsp) coriander /cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon(tsp) garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon(tsp) ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon(tsp) garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(tsp) turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoons(tbsp) tomato puree
  • 2 fresh tomatoes,chopped 
  • 4 tablespoons(tbsp) oil
  • salt to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  • ground green chillies to taste
  •  pinch of red chilli powder


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon and cardamom
  • Add the chopped onions and fry until golden brown
  • Add the tomatoes, coriander/cumin powder, turmeric, garlic and ginger and cook until the sauce is blended
  • Stir in the tomato puree, salt, chillies and minced meat and cook for about 15 minutes
  • Add garam masala powder and lemon juice. Reduce heat and cook until dry, stirring occasionally
  • Transfer the mixture into an oven-proof dish
  • Separate the egg yolks and arrange on top
  • Gently mix the egg whites and pour on top of the yolks; sprinkle some salt and chilli powder
  • Bake in a moderate oven until the eggs are cooked at 180°C (Gas Mark 4 or 350°F)
  • Serve with rotli or paratha
    N.B. Variation: Grease an oven-proof dish with 2 tablespoons oil Spread 2 whipped eggs first and then the prepared mince Arrange the remaining egg yolks and egg whites on top (as above) Cook in the oven as above Remove from oven-proof dish before serving
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