Monday, March 14, 2011

My Top 5 Reasons to Love Eggs and {Recipe} Spicy Egg Masala

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

~ C.S. Lewis, British scholar, novelist (1898 - 1963)


The above quote is talking of Life being an egg but this post is all about the *real eggs*. Most of my buddies already know my love for eggs. In fact, they know me so well, every time they make an omelet, they think of me. Ask her, if you think I am exaggerating. :-).

Born in a Brahmin family, eggs were totally forbidden in my household. that was story when I was until 3 or 4 years old. When I was little, once (as my mommy says) I had a very high fever and with a bad immune system, that is when our family doctor recommended eggs to my diet. Since, then I am just hooked.

Below are my top 5 reasons for my never-ending-love towards "EGGS" -

Note: The eggs I use are always organic free-range eggs with no hormones or antibiotics.

Reason No. 1 - Eggs are versatile and quick to cook (read as lazy). - from a simple Denver omelet to Egg puffs to delectable Nargisi Kofte , they are the best. Period.

Reason No. 2 - Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring Vitamin D. Yes, that is true and they are a good source of healthy fat. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts and they only have 70 calories.

Reason No. 3 - Busting the popular myth, the Harvard School of Public Health research proves that there is no significant link between eggs and heart disease. Moreover, Robert Nicolosi, Ph.D., one of the study’s authors and director of the Center for Health & Disease Prevention at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell says - "Our data show that eating an egg a day isn’t a factor for raising cholesterol".

Reason No. 4 - Eggs are available all year round and are economical. For almost just 10-15 cents each, they are easy to get from any marketplace.

Reason No. 5 - Everyday breakfast with eggs promotes weight loss and they protect our eyesight (according to 2 new studies published in the Journal of Nutrition) without increasing cholesterol.

Do you need any more reasons for including this extremely nutritious and yummy food in your daily meal plans. Start with today's recipe,  - "Spicy Egg Masala".



Spicy Egg Masala

Remember my TOG formula. The base for this recipe uses that except for garlic, I have used ginger instead and ofcourse with other ingredients like milk, little tamarind etc. This is so versatile & popular in our house that it can be accompanied with almost anything - roti, chapati, plain rice, jeera rice or any biryani.


Source: My Dhaba

Ingredients -

4 boiled eggs, shelled 
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
2 tbsp of gram flour/chickpea flour/besan
1 tsp of ghee + 1 tsp of canola oil
1/2 tsp tamarind pulp
1/2 cup of milk
salt to taste
1 cup warm water
dry spices - 1/4 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of garam masala and 1 tsp of each: red chilli powder, coriander-cumin powder

Preparation -

1. Blend onion, green chilli,ginger and tamarind with little water into a thick paste.

2. Heat ghee and oil mix in a pan and add the onion paste and saute it till golden brown on medium heat. This will take a little while, around 5-6 mins, so be a little patient. :-)

3. Add the gram flour and saute for a minute. Then add all the dry spices and saute again for another minute. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of water.

4. Add the tomatoes and saute until the oil separates from the tomatoes.

5. Add the milk, 1/2 cup of warm water and cook over low heat for 7-8 minutes or until the sauce reaches the required thick consistency.

Note: Heat 1/4 tsp of oil in a separate pan and drop the boiled eggs for a golden brownish char on them. this is totally optional.

6. Add eggs, cook for 2 more minutes. Serve with any plain rice, biryani or roti.




So, what are your top reasons to love eggs?


On a different note, have you checked out my photo blog yet? It is my humble attempt to capture the year 2011 by posting a-photo-a-day!


Ending the post with an ad for National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), India



until next time,
Siri

8 comments :

  1. Do I need a reason to gobble up egg? Naaa....I love it in it's every avtaar :) I am gonna try your Nargis Dutt Kofte for lunch tomorrow :)

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  2. We do not need a reason to eat eggs. But being from a strict bhramin fly married to a strict bhramin fly I have to hide the eggs. so we have cakes etc. And we love them. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try this when the coast is clear.

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  3. Do collect your award from my place.

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  4. Aah - another egg lover! I just posted my perfect version of an omelette.

    The egg curry with the slightly sauteed egg looks great.

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  5. Hi Siri,
    I am an eggatarian :-)))))
    One more reason to come close :-)
    Sunday ho ya monday
    Roz khaaye ande.

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  6. Love eggs in any form ! Egg curry looks delicious!

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  7. i love the ad and wht a coincidence i am cooking the same for dinner tonight.
    hope to see u on my blog sometime
    food-fanatic.blogspot.com

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  8. A great recipe, i love eggs, it is a good recipe.

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