Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs

indian-scrambled-eggsWhen someone asks me what my favorite type of food is, it's hard to narrow it down. I love so many kinds of cuisine, and I don't know enough about them all to make a definitive declaration.

Indian food is always on the list, but it just might be the top. The more I learn about it, the more I taste it, the surer I feel. Ginger, garlic, chilies and cilantro…what a combination, those ingredients should be in everything.

And in much of Indian food they are. Even scrambled eggs!

I read about this dish in Mangoes and Curry Leaves. The authors said it was something they had in a small tea shop in a rural area of India. I made it for lunch yesterday and loved it.


Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs (from the Andhra Pradesh region)

Adapted from Mangoes and Curry Leaves by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Serves one.

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  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons raw sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots or onions
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or mashed to a paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger root, minced, grated or mashed to a paste
  • 1 green cayenne chili, seeded and minced (I used 1/2 a jalapeno, which is a much larger pepper)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (I was curiously out of turmeric, so I used curry powder which has turmeric in it)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and salt. Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil. When hot, add the shallots/onion, garlic, ginger, chili, and turmeric. Stir-fry about two minutes.

Then add the tomatoes and cook 2

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eggs are well cooked.

Serve with fresh cilantro on top.

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9 Responses to “Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs”

  1. Carrie

    Indian food is quickly becoming one of my favorites, too. I eat eggs for breakfast most days, so I’ll have to give this a try sometime! I’ve never had anything like it.

  2. Gocha

    Very interesting and delicious.
    I always look for new ways to make scrambled eggs. A while ago I made Greek style with feta… one of my favourite eggs ever :)

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  3. cherie

    You know how I feel about Indian food, B!
    I borrowed Mangoes and Curry leaves a while ago, and tried some of the recipes, but I think I missed this one. Looks super easy and sooo full of flavour. I could whip this up for dinner even!
    Did you get the book for Christmas?

  4. damien

    brittany
    i made this today haha
    i had most of the things in my cabinet
    the rest cost me about $3.50

    really tasty
    and i’m usually scared of messing up eggs, but it came out perfect!

  5. Jara

    Your site is fantastic and I love it’s original concept. I especially love the photography. As a student right, I can relate to not wanting to settle for the regular fare. Keep it up! :)

  6. Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks)

    Carrie — I had this dish for lunch, but if you like garlic and spice in the morning, go for it! I’ve been eating more savory breakfasts lately, too.

    Gocha — Those Greek scrambled eggs look and sound delicious!

    Cherie — I borrowed Mangoes and Curry Leaves from the library. I had seen it at a cookbook store last year and was thrilled to find it in the library. I think you’re right, these eggs would make a great dinner as well.

    Damien — Yay, glad you liked it! And thanks for reporting back.

    Jara — Thank you for the kind words. I’m using a 5-year-old point-and-shoot digital camera, so I’m especially happy to hear you like the photography!

  7. Jara

    Do you use an editing system of some sort or is your lighting just that fantastic? :)

  8. Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks)

    Jara — I do the best I can with light in the house, then I adjust in Photoshop to brighten and sharpen. This particular photo was taken next to a big window in the middle of the day, but I used some white paper to diffuse the light. I’m still learning what works…

  9. Gwen

    Oh my goodness, Brittany. I LOVE THIS! Seriously, I can’t get over it. Even though I’m stuffed, I want to eat lunch again, just so I can make it once more.

    Before today, I didn’t even eat eggs. I’d never scrambled one. But since I love Indian food and my family had all the ingredients on hand, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m obsessed with this recipe!

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