French toast

Photo: Paul Delmont, Prop styling: Leila Baboi

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French Toast with an Exotic Twist
Savory strikes again: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach's executive chef Amol Agarwal takes your basic pain perdu and injects it with a little spice. He starts the usual way, whisking some eggs, but instead of sprinkling in cinnamon, he adds salt, pepper and chili powder or the spice mix garam masala (and sometimes finely chopped red onion, cilantro and green chilies, too). He uses multigrain toast to soak up the flavored egg, then cooks it in a nonstick pan, flipping it after a few minutes so it can turn golden on both sides. The obvious accompaniment: A cup of chai tea.