Thursday, 15 March 2012

Eggs Bhurji (Scrambled Eggs)

Eggs Bhurji (Scrambled Eggs)
Well, today* is a nasty day indeed.  70 k winds are blasting the tree limbs off their very trunks, the noon day sky is charcoal grey, and the temperature is above freezing, but with the wind chill… 
Of course it could be worse.  It could be January, and the wind chill could be taking us down to -50 C, but that’s another worry for another day. 
 Meanwhile I needed something to both fortify  and warm me up quickly.  In our household, these are actually known as ‘scramblified eggs’.  I'm afraid we have Salman Rushdie to blame for that.  You'll notice I  made enough for only greedy guts me.  If you’re more generous than I, you’ll want to multiply these ingredients accordingly.
1 teaspoon mustard oil
½ teaspoon dark mustard seed
½ teaspoon cumin seed
¼ teaspoon fennel seed
1/3 red onion, sliced
2 slices ginger, julienned and chopped
2 kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 Anaheim peppers, julienned and chopped
1 teaspoon favourite masala
¼ teaspoon hot paprika powder
½ large sweet red pepper, diced roughly
2 beaten eggs
1 tiny lime, juiced
Put the pan on high heat, and add the oil.  Drop in a few mustard seeds, and when they sizzle, add the rest.  Add the cumin and let sizzle, then the fennel.  Turn the heat down to medium and quickly add the onion, ginger, chili, masala and paprika and cook, stirring for a minute or two. Add kale, and stir.  Put a lid on the pan.  Give this about five minutes for the kale to soften a bit.  It still wants to be green, with some fight left in it. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the eggs.  Add the eggs and chopped sweet red pepper, tilting the pan to spread the eggs out.  After about three minutes, very gently break the eggs up, flipping them by bits, to get large pieces of scrambled egg, which I think look nicer than the broken tiny bits you see in a more traditional bhurji.  Pour the lime juice over it at the last minute, and stir that gently through the eggs.  This scrambled egg dish has so much substance you can skip the toast and marmalade!  The additional heat and pop of fennel seed will warm your soul.  Enjoy!
*Actually, I wrote this up on Monday.  Today promises to be warm and sunny!  Temperatures all the way to 15 C.  Hooray!  

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