28 Feb 2014

Spicy Scrambled Eggs (Bhurji)

I grew up in Mumbai, the erstwhile Bombay, a vibrant and thriving metropolis on the west coast of India. The food I ate while I was growing up there, the food I saw being cooked in the roadside eateries, has had a tremendous influence on what I cook and the way I cook it.

Bhurji Pav is one such easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious offering that is omnipresent in the little food stalls that dot the streets of Mumbai.  Bhurji is a kind of scrambled eggs sans the butter and milk, infused with spices instead. 

This is my take on the egg bhurji - my spicy scrambled eggs with the added goodness of some vegetables. It is extremely easy to prepare, and gets done in minutes. So it is a good staple to have on stand-by when you are hard-pressed for time. Or when you simply fancy some spiced up eggs.


Spicy Scrambled Eggs (Bhurji)

To make my spicy scrambled eggs you will need:

A few ingredients
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large pepper, cut and diced
  • 1 tomato, cut and diced
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 a green chilli, cut lengthwise and deseeded if necessary
  • 3 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • few sprigs of chopped coriander 
  • a sprig of coriander to garnish
The prepared ingredients
Start by heating the vegetable oil in a saucepan. Once the oil is hot, all the cooking is done on a medium heat setting.

Add the green chilli to the hot oil and saute it for a few seconds till it changes colour before adding the ginger. Saute this for another minute and then add the chopped onions.

Saute the onions for a few minutes till they become transluscent and pink. Do not let them brown. Now add the cumin and coriander powders and continue to saute all the ingredients for a couple more minutes. The fragrant aroma of frying spices should now envelop you.

The tomatoes are next to go into the saucepan. Saute these for a couple of minutes. Now add the chilli powder and salt and give all the ingredients a good stir.

Add the diced pepper and let it soften and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Once the pepper is well cooked, break the eggs into the saucepan, one at a time, stirring intermittently. This is to ensure that the eggs get scrambled up properly.

Cook the eggs for 3-4 minutes till they are completely done.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped coriander.

Plate up and garnish with a sprig of coriander.

Bhurji Pav
These spicy scrambled eggs taste delicious served hot with some bread or chapatis (unleavened bread).











50 comments:

  1. Looks tasty and love the inspiration from where you grew up. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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    1. Thanks Kate. Was happy to revisit the egg bhurji for the Britmums challenge.

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  2. Have pinned this as it looks abd smells delicious. Love scrambled egg, love spice...these will be perfect!

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    1. Thanks for the pin Rachel. I hope you enjoy making and eating these. Let me know how you get on.

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  3. That looks absolutely delicious. I'd certainly give it a go! x

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    1. They taste scrummy too! Just a nice way to spice up some eggs for a change.

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  4. Yes please! Can I come over for breakfast? :)

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    1. You sure can, Sylvia :-) I will have to make a new lot though. This one's all gone!

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  5. I could eat a big plate of this now!

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  6. This looks delicious. I love eggs and always trying to find a new way to have them.

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    1. I quite like having them this way. Makes a quick, yum meal when you are too tired to cook up anything else.

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  7. Another twist is the use of kala masala / goda masala just after the onions and tomatoes are done. Tastes diferent.

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    1. I will give that a try the next time I make bhurji. Bet J and M will love it with goda masala :-)

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  8. I love this! My Hubby is Pakistani, hates plain scrambled eggs and always whisks up something similar :)

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    1. That is it about food from the Indian Subcontinent. Spice everything up! is the motto of all our cooking :-)

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  9. Mmmm these look and sound delicious! We have chickens so we always have a lot of eggs and I'm always on the look out for new egg recipes!

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    1. Give these a go. I am sure you will not be disappointed. Not if you love your spice.

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  10. This looks delicious. I love scrambled eggs but usually only out cheese or mushrooms in. I have pinned this for inspiration. Yummy!

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    1. Thank you for the pin Louisa. I like the usual ones, but I really do love these too.

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  11. This looks brilliant - so easy and tasty! I've never heard of making eggs this way, must try :)

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    1. They really are quite easy to make. And taste quite good too, even if I say so myself :-)

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  12. That looks fab, what a good idea. I usually just have eggs in my scrambled eggs! x

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    1. I quite love my regular scrambled eggs, but the OH doesn't. So this a winner all around, as all of us like them.

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  13. this looks delicious! next time i do scrambled eggs, i'm doing this!

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  14. Yum, yum, sounds delicious and makes a change from regular scrambled eggs!

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  15. This looks great - I love scrambled eggs so nice to find an alternative to pep things up a bit!

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    1. Give these a try then Annie, and let me know how you like them.

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  16. I am so unimaginative I would never have thought of making spicy scrambled eggs - it looks so good though! x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. When you have Indian genes, spice in your food just comes as second nature :-)

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  17. Looks great but I'll have mine without the spice (I have a delicate British tummy!).

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  18. I'm not a huge fan of scrambled eggs but I have to say that looks and sounds absolutely delicious - will have to give it a try!

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    1. They are nothing like scrambled eggs. My OH does not like scrambled eggs either, but he loves these!

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  19. Yum yum that looks absolutely delicious and easy to make! Great photos too. What a fabulous recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Charly. A compliment about my photos coming from an ace photographer like you, that has just made my day :-)

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  20. This looks amazing will be trying this very soon

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  21. My boyfriend would love this! Will definitely have to show him!

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    1. Ask him to make you some, Charlotte :-) And I do hope both of you enjoy eating them.

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  22. This looks delicious- i never thought of adding vegetables to scrambled egg

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    1. Just to make it a more wholesome meal. And a way to get in your 5-a-day.

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  23. This looks very tasty, a great way to spice up some eggs and introduce spices to kids too. x

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    1. Thank you Lori. It is a good option to try, especially if your little ones are getting bored of regular eggs.

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  24. That looks really, truly wonderful! Love all the colours.

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  25. I don't like eggs but this really does look very good.

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  26. This looks so yummy!!!!! Something i would love to try x

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  27. Mmm...I love a scrambled egg dish with a bit of a difference - be it a foo yung type of dish or something a little spicy. I would love to give this one a try :-)

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  28. I've pinned this. It's a great recipe for my Slimming World diet as long as I change the oil for fry light. Eggs feature a lot in my diet and I'm always looking for new ways to make them interesting!

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  29. I'm not a massive fan of peppers but I think the rest of it sounds delicious, such a great meal idea

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  30. Oh I am definitely going to make this. I love stuff like this. YUM, if it wasn't night time I would go and buy the ingredients right now.
    Liska x

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  31. I love how quick and simple this is! The added spices no doubt give it an amazing flavour x

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  32. That looks delicious - scrambled eggs are very popular in this house for the kids' teatime, but this looks like a fab variation of it.

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