I’m sure no one’s mind will be blown to learn that scrambled eggs are a huge part of my weekly meal rotation. On the weekend I often make them for breakfast or brunch, but they are also my go-to for nights when I’m on my own and just want to have dinner without having to go shopping or think too deeply. It feels so good to look in the cupboard and fridge and scrounge a tasty dinner when you didn’t think you had much. Often if I have had a frustrating day where I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to, the feeling of making dinner out of the cupboard can make me feel soothed and in control. Anyone else experience this?
Anyway, back to the eggs. These South Asian style scrambled eggs are somewhat in the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink fashion, but with a bit more care for flavor and composition. When I was at NYU I often bought a similar dish from a little Kati Roll place called Thelewala. It was scrambled eggs cooked with chiles and cilantro and their delicious rotis. So simple and every time I bought it I would swear to myself that I needed to start making it more often at home.
The core of this dish is the onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeños, but please do skip or lessen the jalapeño if you don’t like things spicy. Everything else is wonderful and adds to the general curried eggs tone we are going for here, but they aren’t essential. The turmeric will make your eggs extra bright yellow though, so that’t a lot of fun.
Serve with roti—so easy to make, you guys—or another flatbread for the full experience.
- 1 Tbsp butter or ghee
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 small red onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 jalapeno finely chopped (optional)
- 1 small tomato chopped (canned or fresh)
- 1 tsp ginger grated
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 4 large eggs
- salt to taste
- cilantro chopped (to taste)
Tip: Keep your ginger root in the freezer and when you need it pull it out and grate it while frozen. It is much easier to grate when it is frozen solid and it will melt beautifully into your dishes. And of course it keeps well in the freezer for a long time so you can just use it as needed without worrying about it going off.