May 4, 2009

Eggs in Purgatory

Life has been a roller-coaster ride from past few weeks. It all started with heavy stress at work, resulting in slowly skipping of my meals, constantly worrying about upcoming deadlines and the result is something, which I never expected to happen to me. It was in those painful 2 weeks, that I felt leading a stress-free and healthy life is so important.

Now, my god's grace and early diagnosis of the problem, I am doing fine and that was when I pledged again not to let my work pressures to control my life.

...On another note, recently I received my copy of Sukham Ayu, authored by Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Gain, which I ordered from Indira's blog. I was always intrigued by the goodness of Ayurveda and hopefully this book would be my stepping stone towards a healthy lifestyle which I am aspiring for. Here is a quick review about the book and I will get back with mine soon.

Coming today's recipe, it can be considered as the best breakfast dish ever. It is comforting, delicious and tasted amazing when served warm. 'Everyday Italian' is one of my favorite shows and this was an instant hit at my place. Give it a try sometime and I am sure you will surprised too about how well the flavors blend in with each other making it a hearty breakfast item. :)

Eggs in Purgatory (Adapted from Giada's recipe)


For tomato base -

1 cup tomato puree
1 garlic pod
1/2 medium onion, very finely chopped
some fresh cilantro
salt - to taste
1 tsp olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 cup water

For Potato pancakes-

1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp paprika
salt - to taste
2 tbsp all-purpose-flour

For Fried egg-

2 eggs
salt & pepper


1. Tomato sauce - In a saucepan, heat oil and add bay leaf, minced garlic & onion. Saute for couple of minutes and then add tomato puree. Season it with salt and add about a cup of water and let it simmer on medium heat until the sauce thickens. Finally mix in fresh cilantro leaves and keep aside. [One can use store-bought marinara sauce and skip this step].

2. Potato pancakes: In a mixing bowl, stir in mashed potatoes with all-purpose-flour, salt and paprika. Heat some oil in a fry pan. Form the potato mixture into pancakes and shallow fry them until golden brown for 2 mins each side. Transfer the pancakes to paper towels to drain. Keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven.

3. Fried eggs: In a heated pan, crack the eggs, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the white is firm for about 2 minutes. Turn the eggs over and cook for 30 sec longer.

4. Serve: Spoon the sauce on serving plate. Place a pancake on the top of sauce. Slide a fried egg on the top. [Sprinkle some cheese over the top].

Note: All the three - sauce, pancakes and fried egg are to be seasoned moderately or else the final dish might turn out to be too salty!




  1. Glad you are feeling better. This dish would be perfect for breakfast or dinner. YUM!

  2. Thank god you are doing fine now. Take care now. Eggs looks delicious

  3. Good to hear that you are feeling better. I've had them while pregnant and it was not fun at all. Eggs dish looks yummy.. Anything with aloo & egg, we are all for it.

  4. Wow that ^late just shout to me saying eat me eat me :-)
    happy to know that you are felling much better.

  5. What an indulgent breakfast. Glad to know you are feeling better

  6. that is such a great breakfast. All my favourite things - potatoes, tomatoes, eggs!! :)

    n glad to know you are feeling better now :)

  7. Glad u feel better now Siri..wat a delicious breakfast..yummy!

  8. So glad you are better now.. do take care..

  9. Hi Siri,
    Nice to hear you are feeling better. dont take work to rule over your health. I had done the same before and suffered. Wish you full recovery ASAP
    And food looks yummy, never heard this before. Will try sooooon.
    Take care

  10. Glad you're feeling better!

    That egg looks so good.

  11. oohh glad you are feeling better now perfect breakfast siri looks so yum

  12. Sorry to hear that you were not well. Glad things are under control now.

  13. That sounds like a lovely breakfast! I'm going to try it on my husband :)

  14. sounds healthy..Looking yumm too..Will try sometime siri..My husband never gets bored with eggs :)

  15. Wow, sounds like a great breakfast... I love to have a filling and a homemade breakfast... My first visit here, shall come by for more...

  16. That must have been really painful, I know coz some of my family members have had that problem. Glad that you are feeling better now.
    I can understand what it is with work pressure but your health is far more important, take care :)

  17. glad that u r feeling good ..... the breakfast look very healthy siri .......

  18. Happy to know that you are fine now..
    The platter looks yummy..nice breakfast idea.
    Take care,dear.

  19. This looks really yummy..I am sure gonna try it..


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