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Scrambled Eggs, Indian-Style

Hello there….I was wondering when you’d arrive.  I thought I’d make us some breakfast, although I think most normal folk would call this brunch-time.  I hope you like eggs?


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Sit on that stool and chat to me while I chop these tomatoes.  I’ll pour you some orange juice.  Oh yes, you can grind those spices if you feel like it.

What’s that?  No, no it’s easy.  Just a sizzle of spices, a stir fry of some veggies and then the eggs.  It’s the sort of thing that’s done on a tiny kerosene stove in a stall on Juhu beach on a balmy Mumbai evening.  Then the whole fragrant, spicy, steamy  mess is piled onto some buttery bread to be devoured standing up amongst a crowd.

There, it’s done already.  Butter that toast, will you?  I’ll get you some cutlery but it really is better just to use your fingers, Indian style.

So then….tell me what you’ve been up to……

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Egg Bhurji (Indian-style scrambled eggs)

Serves 2 with toast


1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp butter + more for bread
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 small green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
1/4 – 1/3 capsicum, diced
4 eggs
1 tomato, diced
Small handful coriander, chopped
Bread, toasted and buttered


In a large non-stick pan, dry roast 1/2 tsp cumin and the coriander seeds until fragrant.  Grind to a powder with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.  In the same pan, melt the butter and add 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds.  When the seeds have popped, add the spice powder and turmeric, frying for a couple of minutes on low-medium heat.  Add the chillies and onion and fry until the onion is softened.  Add the capsicum and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with 1/4 tsp salt.  Add the eggs to the pan and stir continuously to scramble.  When the eggs are half-cooked, add the tomato and more salt according to taste and stir until the eggs are fully cooked.

Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve on buttered toast.  Dousing with chilli or tomato sauce is optional but recommended.

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Written by Deepa

Comments (18 comments)

  • September 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Hi Deepa, thanks for dropping by my blog! I have replied your comment here http://www.makemeupmandy.com/2013/09/i-call-it-dog-harrassment.html?showComment=1380248256276#c6913467573082443837 :)
    Anyway, oh yummy!! I’m just an average cook but I love looking at other people’s wonderful masterpieces!

    • September 27, 2013 at 4:54 am

      Thanks Mandy! Hope you get to try out some of my recipes.

  • September 26, 2013 at 7:01 am

    All the spices and aroma! I could easily gobble this up while watching the sunset at Juhu beach :D

    • September 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Ohhhh….sunset! The missing ingredient!

  • September 25, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This is one of my favourite breakfasts, can’t get enough of it. Your pics a gorgeous x

    • September 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much. Lovely of you to drop in.

      • September 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        You are welcome, I hope you’ll also check out some of my recipes. I will keep an eye put for yours as they come up x

  • September 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    gosh – do you think you could swing by one of these mornings and make this for me ;)

  • September 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    oh beloved burji pav! And oh dear Juhu beach – my stomping ground for years.
    your version looks chic with the sliced bread. Its a humble meal that doesn’t get its due. thanks for the reminder, I need to make this!

  • September 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Love them! In fact you can give me a serving of this any time and I’d do your dishes for you. :)

    • September 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Haha….done! Thanks for dropping in :-)

  • September 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    This looks so good. I’m a sucker for scrambled eggs. And I love the way you wrote this one! Totally made me want to be on Juhu beach in Mumbai. . . .

    • September 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Sara. I want to be on a beach too!

  • September 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

    fantastic pictures and love your writing style!

    • September 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Ariane!

  • Vidya
    September 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Public holiday here. Woke late. Wondering what to cook. This was a godsend! Thx deeps

    • September 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Just call me the ‘problem solver’ :-)

      • Vidya Bhardwaj
        September 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        The Wilson family was very very happy!

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