Balaleet – Vermicelli and Egg Omelet


This is an unusually delicious salty and sweet breakfast dish that is enjoyed on a regular basis.  This is also traditionally served on the Eid holidays along with boiled garbanzo beans and boiled black-eye peas.  Along with the salty-sweet taste your taste buds will be tickled with the cardamom spice.  It is very interesting to eat this for the first time because you think it will not be delicious but it will soon become a favorite of yours too.




2 cups of vermicelli

2 tablespoons cooking oil

¼ cup of ghee (or a mixture of 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons cooking oil)

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cardamom powder

2 generous pinches of saffron soaked in ½ cup rose water

4 eggs beaten with ¾ teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper


In a large pot, bring enough water to boil for the vermicelli.


Meanwhile, in a wok, or wide pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and add the vermicelli.  With a wooden spoon, constantly stir the vermicelli so it won’t burn.  Lightly fry the vermicelli until it is a dark, golden brown color.  Remove the wok from the heat.


Once the water starts to boil, add the vermicelli and cook for just 3-4 minutes and then drain.  Place back into pot.  


In another pot, heat the ghee and add the sugar and cardamom powder along with the saffron rose water.  Cook until the sugar melts and then pour over the cooked vermicelli.  Cover the pot with a lid to keep warm.


In a pan make an omelet.  Heat about 3 tablespoons cooking oil and then when very hot add the beaten eggs.  Tip the pan around to spread the uncooked egg.  When dry on top, turn the egg omelet over and cook for one minute more.


In a large serving dish, spread the vermicelli and top with the egg omelet.


Enjoy!  It is very delicious!



8 responses to “Balaleet – Vermicelli and Egg Omelet

  1. Thank you for the recipes you put here and for this Eid one! I tasted this while I was in the Middle East, and wanted to know how they made it! Now I found it! 🙂
    I’m sure many will get to benefit!

    I found some nice Eid cards on a site and this site ships worldwide:**

  2. Hope you enjoy making this recipe 🙂 Thank you for the link to the greeting cards.

  3. Assalamu alaikum sis,

    I tried this recipe and its scrumptious!!!! I loveee everything that’s sweet and savory, and slightly sweet vermicelli with eggs is perfect!!! Even my finicky husband loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!!!!!!

  4. wa alaikum salaam, glad to know that you all liked it 🙂 Thank you for visiting me and commenting. Have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. It’s only missing a nice picture of the end-product!

  6. Hello Mira,
    LOL, funny I should get this comment today. My son asked me to make this tonight for dinner 🙂 I will upload a picture later on, InshaAllah. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

  7. Salaam Alaikum MaryAnn,
    Which vermicelli brand is good for this recipe?
    I tried making vermicelli but it ended up sticking to each other and becoming a dough in the pot 😦

  8. Hi MaryAnn,
    I Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this great refference. I tried it and got a perfect result 🙂
    May God Bless you.
    Hessa from Dubai

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