Monday, February 16, 2015

Egg bhurji (Spicy scrambled eggs); Meatless Monday.

All westerners are familiar with scrambled eggs. In fact it is a breakfast staple. But how many of you are familiar with spicy scrambled eggs? No right?? Well, you see most  non-vegetarian Indians would be familiar with that. It is commonly made in non-vegetarian eating households and is also a very popular, inexpensive but filling street food. I am nostalgic about my student days when we would stroll the streets late evenings and even late nights and smell this wafting aroma from the carts where a man was constantly churning out spicy scrambled eggs from his smoking iron pan. Hmmm what aroma.. It evokes hunger in me just thinking about it! It is usually served with slices of bread or with dinner rolls and a whole plate will cost less than 25cents! Can you imagine!

As you are aware making scrambled eggs is no rocket science. Similarly, making spicy scrambled eggs or egg bhurji is pretty easy too.. You can adjust the green chiliies used based  on your individual desired spice level.

Servings: 2


Extra large eggs: 2
Cooking oil: 1 +1 tbsp
Onion: 1 medium, chopped fine
Tomato: 1 medium, chopped fine or 1 tbsp tomato paste.
Green chillies: 3, chopped fine
Haldi ( turmeric powder): 1/2 tsp
Black pepper: freshly ground: 1/8 tsp
Garam masala: a pinch ( optional)
Salt: to taste
Cilantro chopped:  1 tbsp.


Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan/ skillet/sauté pan. Add the chopped onions. Sauté until the onions turn slightly golden. 

Add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies and sauté until the tomatoes are well cooked. 

Add the haldi powder. Mix well. 

Now move this entire mixture to one side of the pan. 

Add 1 tbsp oil to the other side of the pan. Crack one egg, let it cook, then scramble it. When scrambled, mix it with the onion-tomato mixture.

Repeat this process with the other egg.

Mix well. Add salt, pepper powder and garam masala.

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro/ coriander leaves.

Serve hot with bread slices/ dinner rolls or with rice as a side-dish.


Cooking made easy:

Does your saute pan/frying pan have the lingering smell of eggs even after you have washed the pan thoroughly? Well here is the solution: take the used leftover coffee ground( leftover after the coffee has filtered) and put it in the pan with a little water and leave it there for 15 mins. Wash the pan as usual after that. The lingering eggy smell will disappear!

Tip for healthy living:

One egg a day can provide quite a portion of the required daily protein and nutrients. Egg is one of the best sources of protein. It is also rich in several essential vitamins, iron, folic acid and selenium.Egg is rich in good fats which are the omega-3 fatty acids which are heart healthy.


Food for thought:

They can conquer who believe they can. Virgil