Are you looking for a healthy and filling breakfast? How about scrambled eggs- Indian street food style. Eggs are a good source of protein and I love to include eggs for breakfast. It helps fuel your day and keeps you satisfied until lunchtime. Add some protein-rich, turmeric spiced quinoa to the egg bhurji and you’d be surprised at how simple and filling, this dish can be. Quinoa, as you all know, is a superfood- gluten-free and rich in fiber. Recently I have been trying Keto and Mediterranean diet and have included eggs for breakfast at least three times a week. If you are following Keto or Mediterranean diet, give this spicy quinoa scrambled eggs a try. It is really good!
This recipe is my take on the classic egg bhurji. It is delicious and super easy to make. Egg bhurji is also a cherished street food dish in India and it is usually served with bread or pav buns. The beautiful aroma of melted ghee, fluffy scrambled eggs, pav bhaji masala, and warm toasted bun makes this dish irresistibly appetizing. All you need is some minimal ingredients and it can be made in a jiffy.
To make the bhurji, the eggs are combined with a mildly spicy onion tomato gravy. There is one more magical ingredient that adds all the flavor. It is aromatic and earthy spices. Since this is a street food popular in many parts of India, the spice mix varies from region to region. I love using chaat masala and pav bhaji masala. If you cannot find them you can use any brand of garam masala and lemon juice. Add quinoa or any chopped vegetables of your choice. Egg burji is something simple yet so flavorful and heartwarming. Served with a hot cup of lemon ginger tea, or a glass of orange juice and this makes a hearty and healthy breakfast or brunch.
Egg Bhurji sounds simple right? And yes it is! This is not a soft egg scramble and neither overcooked. Since this is not towards the runny side, it can be a perfect filling for a spicy egg sandwich or a wrap filling. I have used green chilly and red chilly powder for heat and a tablespoon of milk to make it fluffier. Tomatoes give it a sweet and tart taste and butter adds richness.
Quinoa is high in protein and fiber-rich food. It is also gluten-free. Keto diet suggests using quinoa moderately. Here I have added about 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa. You can always add more vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers or spinach. What you add to it is totally up to you.
Not a fan of quinoa? Try egg bhurji with cauliflower. Riced version of cauliflower is quite trendy now, you can find it in the freezer section of your supermarket. Or you can make your own. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it forms rice-size pieces, and enjoy it in place of quinoa.
How to make Quinoa Egg Bhurji
Cooking time- 15 minutes
Recipe type- Breakfast
Cooked quinoa- 3/4 cup
Onion- 1 medium
Green chilly- 2
Ginger finely chopped- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Pav bhaji masala- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped- 2-3 tbs
Ghee or butter- 2 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice- 1 tsp (optional)
To cook quinoa
Wash quinoa like you wash rice at least two to three times or till the water runs clear. Use a fine-mesh strainer. Keep it aside for two minutes. Heat two tsp of olive oil in a pan. Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric and saute for a minute. Add the quinoa and fry for a minute or two. Add enough salt and double the amount of water. If you are using a cup of quinoa add two cups of liquid. You can also substitute water with chicken broth or vegetable broth. Cover and cook till all the water evaporates. Using a fork gently fluff the quinoa and allow it to cool down.
To make the bhurji
Whip eggs and one tablespoon of milk till light and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper.
Finely chop the onion, green chilly, ginger, and tomatoes.
Heat a pan and add ghee or butter. Add chopped onion, green chilly and ginger. Saute till translucent. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, and tomatoes and give a good mix. Cook for two minutes till tomatoes are soft. Add salt if needed. Pour the egg mixture and let it sit for one minute. Using a spatula gently scramble by lifting and folding the egg mixture. Cook until it thickens and there is no egg liquid visible. Add pav bhaji masala and the cooked quinoa and mix. If you want a soft scramble to turn off the heat at this stage to prevent overcooking. If you like a little dry version stir fry for one more minute. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice.
Hope you will all enjoy!