I love eggs…they are so versatile! You can make omelets, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, egg Benedict (I had heard about it couple of times but I didn’t know what egxactly ( 🙂 ) these were… so I googled it! It is a sandwich of poached eggs and English muffin! hmmm now I know), deviled eggs, half and half sandwich, endless cakes and cookies or make spicy egg curry! That’s kind of eggxausting list! …. OK I will stop now! 🙂 You can never get bored of them and they are nutritious too. In my childhood, we used to have an advertisement on television…”Sunday ho ya Monday roj khao ande!” ( which means: It doesn’t matter what day of the week is, eat eggs everyday! ) Here I would like to share two (relatively) easy recipes that you can make Indian style.
When I was a kid, we rarely had eggs at home. Being from a Brahmin vegetarian family, my mom would not like the idea of cooking eggs at home. Protein is so important for growing kids and being vegetarian, sometimes getting enough protein is always a challenge, and therefore she used to make eggs for us. But only on few days of the week, such as Sunday or Wednesday (once a month!). Also when we used to buy eggs we would buy them in a black bag so that no one can see that we were eating eggs! 🙂 Even though she doesn’t eat egg she makes the world’s best egg curry. In a pan saute finely chopped onion, garlic and grated dry coconut. When onions are cooked and coconut gives out oil, transfer this to to mixer (grinder) and make into fine paste. If you don’t like coconut, you can always make gravy with tomatoes, garlic, ginger and onions. Saute all the ingredients and make it into a smooth paste. Use this paste to make gravy for the curry. Now boil water and make hard boiled eggs. In the same pan heat oil, put some mustard seeds let them crack and then add the paste to the pan. Add salt, curry powder and add water. Let it boil and add eggs in it. You can cut them into small pieces or you can halve them as I have shown here in picture. Garnish with lots of cilantro and serve with rice or Indian bread.
In India, we have hawkers on every corner selling one or other type of breakfast items. One of the most common things they sell is called ‘Bhurji’. Bhurji is Indian styled scrambled eggs. The recipe is very simple. In a pan heat some oil and add finely chopped onions and green chilies (optional but it really makes a big difference if you add one or two pieces). Let the onions become translucent then break the eggs directly in the pan. Stir continuously. Add salt and pepper. Cook the eggs completely on medium to high heat. You can add spinach or spring onion. Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro and serve with bread slices or pan cake. You can roll it in a pita or tortilla and make a egg sandwich wrap. You can serve it with Indian Naan or basmati rice.This can be very good breakfast item or office lunch or late night snack. See the possibilities are endless 🙂 Bhurji can be made several different ways… Have you tried Sofritas in Chipotle? I think it is bhurji with tofu! Anda bhurji made with eggs, Paneer bhurji made with Indian cheese is another easy recipe…just replace egg with crumbled Paneer. If you like tofu, try bhurji with tofu. 🙂 It will be a new indo-Chinese fusion. Give it a try and let me know how you like it… 🙂