Egg masala stir fry is one of those easy and quick dishes that come together in a matter of minutes and are full with the goodness of everyone’s favorite breakfast staple; eggs! Boil eggs the night before to make this delicious breakfast in 10 minutes.
If you are a no breakfast kinda gal, chances are you sometimes get annoyed by people who have to have breakfast every.single.day. I mean, really?? what will happen if you don’t have breakfast just one day!?? Look at me.. I have been going without breakfast for the better part of a decade..and Hello.. I’m alive!! No offence to the breakfast lovers here..I am slowly coming over to your side. It was just one of those days.
This was my rant on Saturday. I am not usually like this. I love cooking. And I adore people eating and enjoying my food. Anytime anyone visits me,I make them their favorites and don’t even mind making separate breakfasts for each. Remember the Savory crepes with za’atar chicken and mustard cream sauce?? Well, I wont mind having that daily!! Or those sinfully delicious cottage cheese pancakes stuffed with Nutella?? Oh God..yes!! But my usual breakfast staple is a bowl Strawberry yogurt smoothie, and even though that’s delicious, men (read: DaddyLonglegs P here) doesn’t like girlie “rainbow in a bowl” kind of food. Hmph. I usually love making him whatever his hear craves for , but this Saturday was unusual. And I was a rather unusual me.
You see the pesky tooth I had rambled on about in my last post of Mashed Potatoes with Peas was out. Yes, but the pain wasn’t over. I really want to swear..but I won’t given the family audience etc etc. Just imagine me swearing in pain and give yourself a good laugh, will you? I woke up this Saturday with a throbbing pain in that black hole my so called “wisdom tooth used to be and the entire right side of my face swollen. Ugh. So not the way you want a Saturday to start. And when people start asking what’s for breakfast before I have had my coffee… well. You just woke up the Hulk in me honey, should have waited for the coffee first.
But then I saw the dozen eggs lying in the fridge and I knew what I wanted to make. It would be perfect!! And yes, so quick. Luckily for me, the cook who comes in every morning to help with the morning chores had made the parathas, so my morning load was much lighter. But hey, even if she hadn’t it doesn’t take more than 15 mins to make gorgeous flaky parathas (remind me to show you,ok?)
Here’s the solution to that oft repeated, panic inducing question of all wives, moms or anyone who cooks really. What to make for breakfast that won’t take forever and isn’t the same old Smoothie or Oats?
Answer: Egg Masala Fry.
Eggs.. hard boiled and pan fried till golden with crispy bits all over, sauteed in a lip smacking stir fry of red bell pepper, onion and tomatoes, richly flavored from tamarind paste and brown sugar and the most fragrant tempering of mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves!!!
My mouth just watered. Again.
And lets face it , this isn’t just breakfast food here folks. I have had this egg masala stirfry for dinner so many times. Mostly as a side dish to some veggie curry or on days when you want something non veg but are out of chicken!!! ( Does that happen to you too?)
Perfect bachelor food too..or for the single ladies night in dinner served with some crispy toasted baguette. Why bother making curry if you can do this spicy and tangy egg masala stirfry,especially when you need something delicious real quick?
If you are a planner, boil some eggs the night before, and in the morning you can make this in ten mins. So simple…just a handful of regular pantry staples, nothing fancy, no slow cooking (as if we really have time for 6 hrs of cooking.. hello,job??!!).
Just a sumptuous, filling healthy breakfast that will satiate your taste buds, leave you full for a long time and give a wonderful start to the day, the kind you know you deserve!
PS: Kids love them just as much… just tone down the heat to suit the palate of kids. Egg masala fry isn’t a searing hot dish, but it does pack a punch.
Make this soon. You will love it!
- Hard boiled eggs - 6 (peeled and kept aside)
- To fry the eggs:
- Mustard oil - 1 tbsp
- Salt, pepper acc to taste
- Pinch of turmeric and kashmiri red chili powder per egg.
- For the stir fry:
- Red bell pepper -1, cut into long thin strips
- Red Onions,large - 2, sliced thin
- Tomatoes, medium - 3,sliced thin
- Green chillies -2, kept whole
- Ginger- 1 inch, cut into julienne
- Garlic - 8 cloves , chopped fine
- Tamarind paste (i use ready made) - 1 tbsp
- Brown Sugar - 1 tbsp
- Curry leaves - 2 stalks, around 25 leaves.
- Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
- Turmeric - ¼ tsp
- Kashmiri Red chili powder - 1 tsp
- Salt to taste.
- Pepper - freshly ground for garnish
- Oil - 2 tbsp for the masala, 1 tsp for frying the ginger julienne.
- Hard boil some eggs, peel and fry them off in a pan.
- To fry the eggs, add 1 tbsp oil in a nonstick pan, add the eggs , sprinkle the mentioned ingredients and let it gently fry on all sides (Remember to reduce the heat so that its golden all over, takes about 5 mins).
- While that's happening make the stir fry masala.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a separate pan, once hot add the mustard seeds, curry leaves in mustard oil.
- After it sputters,add 8 cloves of chopped garlic, 2 green chilies (whole) 2 large finely sliced red onions, 1 red bell pepper, 3 medium tomatoes, salt and pepper, Kashmiri red chili as per taste and sauté till soft.
- Add the tamarind paste and brown sugar and sauté well. Taste at this time and adjust as per taste. Usually needs more tamarind or sugar depending on personal preference. My s=version is hot, just a bit of tang from tamarind and the sugar is not noticeable at all.
- Your eggs must have been fried by now. Remove and cut into halves,length wise.
- When the masala is cooked, add the cut eggs to it and let it cook for 5 mins on medium to low heat.
- While that's happening, fry off the ginger julienne fried in oil.
- To serve, scoop everything into a plate, pour over the fried ginger juliene and the oil, add a few more fresh curry leaves and give the eggs a final sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.
You cam make your own tamarind paste if time permits, I tend to use the readymade from Mother's Recipe or Dabur and find it quite suitable.
The dish should be perfectly balanced. Try not to add lemon juice. Tamarind is what gives this dish the depth.