Parsi scrambled eggs

These scrambled eggs, or akoori, are from the Parsi community in the south of India. Commonly served at breakfast, they are also an enjoyable snack or light meal.

There are two important parts to this dish. The first is not to overcook the eggs. They should be just done and still have a creamy texture. The second is to chop the ingredients very finely, both to enable rapid cooking and to get the right texture.

I was lucky to watch a young apprentice chef cook this for me. It was at the Hilton Hotel in Singapore, and she had the egg station. The pan was never still once the eggs were added. She constantly folded the eggs from the outside of the pan to the middle and served it whilst it was still not quite cooked. By the time I made it to the table I had this wonderful creamy dish.

One of the best variations of this recipe I have had is a baked egg version. Rather than scrambling the eggs, everything is put in a ramekin and baked for about 10 minutes at 175C.

I have also had this served as an omelette.

As described, the recipe provides a single serving and can be scaled directly. I suggest using as small a pan as you can when making larger quantities or you will end up with an omelette.

You would typically serve this with a roti, or it makes a great accompaniment to simple dal.

Parsi scrambled eggs recipe

preparation: 5 minutes
cook: 10 minutes
total: 15 minutes
yield: 1 serving
calories: 326 kcal
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ingredients

to serve

instructions

  • Crack eggs into a bowl with crème fraiche, turmeric, salt and pepper. Lightly whisk to combine.
  • Melt the ghee in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions, chillies and ginger. Stir fry for five minutes or until the onion starts to soften.
  • Add the tomato and fry, stirring continuously for one minute.
  • Reduce the heat and add the egg mixture and the coriander stems. Cook, folding continuously, for two minutes or until eggs are set but still creamy.

to serve

  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with coriander leaves and green onion.

notes

  • Use large free-range eggs for this dish. The better the eggs, the better the result.

nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 372mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1755IU | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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