Tired of the same old scrambled eggs? Jazz things up at home with this Indian-style egg bhurji. Egg bhurji, or Indian-scrambled eggs, is one of the simplest dishes in Indian cuisine. Also known as, anda bhurji in Pakistan, this simple breakfast dish has become a popular street food both in India and Pakistan. Vibrant with flavors of curry, the difference in the dish lies in its preparation and addition of sauteed chopped onions, chilies and optional spices.
Egg bhurji is best served with bread, naan, chapati, puri, paratha or any Indian flat bread for that matter. It’s scrumptious sandwiched between bread with slices of fresh onion and tomato.
How to Make Egg Bhurji Recipe
- 5 eggs
- 3 ½ oz red onion diced
- 3 ½ oz tomato diced
- 9 oz yellow, green, red bell pepper diced
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp chilli powder or curry powder
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- Prep all necessary ingredients for your egg bhurji to safe time while cooking. Finely dice tomatoes, bell peppers and onion.
- Set aside a tablespoon each of paprika, cumin and curry powder. A tablespoon of salt and pepper to taste. And finally, a tablespoon of chopped coriander for garnish.
- Prepare 5 whole eggs to be whisked. In two small bowls, measure out a tbsp of butter in one and 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in the other. Finely mince a tbsp of garlic and add that to another small bowl.
- Next, whisk 5 whole eggs and set aside for later. Whisk until air bubbles form, this will add a lightness to the eggs.
- In a pan, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and 1 tbsp of butter. Tip: the butter will add an element of richness to your indian-styled scrambled eggs.
- Once the pan is heated, add 3 ½ ounces of diced onions and tomatoes. After a quick stir, add the 9 ounces of bell pepper mix.
- Add a tbsp of minced garlic to the pan and cook until ingredients are translucent. Stir mixture well until tomatoes go slightly mushy.
- Next, add a tbsp each of coriander powder, paprika, cumin and curry powder to the mixture and stir well. Mix in a tbsp of salt and pepper to taste, stir gently.
- Now, stir in the beaten eggs, making sure to whisk them one last time before pouring the mix into the pan.
- Consistently stir in your ingredients to create silky scrambled eggs. Tip: make sure not to overcook your eggs.
- Garnish finished dish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve egg bhurji dish with wedges of pita bread and enjoy your meal!
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Commonly Asked Questions
What can I do if the egg bhurji is too spicy?
Reduce spice level according to your taste. Remove or reduce paprika from the dish and serve with toast and fruits for a kid’s lunch box. You can still retain the flavors from the original recipe without killing yourself from the spice! Play around with the amounts and figure out what works best for you.
Can I make a vegan version of this dish?
Definitely! In fact, with most Indians being vegans or vegetarians, paneer bhurji is an actual vegan substitute for egg bhurji. It is a popular North Indian dish made of Indian cottage cheese, herbs and spice powders. It can be eaten with roti, chapati, paratha, poori, bread, pav or as a side in a meal. Paneer bhurji can also be used as a stuffing in kathi rolls, in native Bengali, the word Kati roughly translates to “Stick”, referring to how they were originally made sandwiches and bread rolls. So go ahead and substitute egg for cottage cheese (paneer) or tofu for a great source of vegetable protein.
Is egg bhurji healthy?
Eggs are one of the most nutritious breakfast foods out there. A normal-sized boiled chicken egg contains 13 gm of protein and 11 gm of fat and scrambled egg contains 10 gm of protein and 11 gm of fat.
What can we eat with egg bhurji?
The dish is easy to prepare and goes well with a toasted bread or even chapati. To reduce the number of calories in your egg bhurji, you can cook it in coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and add some vegetables of your choice to it, to make it more filling.
Can we keep egg bhurji in the refrigerator?
On average, most cooked eggs can remain in the refrigerator for three to four days before you need to throw them out. Make sure your refrigerator temperature is set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower when storing cooked eggs.