Every dish has some story behind it. Isn’t it spectacular that food brings so many different things to our life, let alone the fact that it makes our tummies go gaga. It could very well be a source of nostalgia, grand memories or new experiences. It is amazing that food has so much positivity to it. One such dish – egg curry, reminds me of my school days in India. I used to be on the seventh cloud, whenever I knew that my mum made us an egg curry for lunch. Mostly everyday was veggie day at our household. Meats used to be only weekend specialities. Egg based dishes used to make its way into my Mum’s kitchen every once or twice in a week (apart from the fact that we used to eat omelette every other morning for breakfast) . But still whenever egg curry was made, my tummy used to love my mum’s cooking even more than the usual days. There was something mysterious about her egg curry. I know all the ingredients for this dish, and I tried recreating it too. But still something was missing every time. I think that was ‘Mum’s Love’. Oh! – I miss her very much.
We were raised in humble means. So every resource from food to water was treated with respect and was not wasted. But still there was always plenty for everybody. Weekly once, usually Saturday evenings, dad used to do the groceries, budget was set and nutrition was never compromised. I think it was this discipline that made my mum’s kitchen a hit. Today, when I think about our lifestyle; there is plenty food around, but nutrition is still not met, so much goes to waste, and forget about the balance diet. With this food blog, farm share and amazing friends and family’s support am trying to bring that discipline back to my family’s dining table.
Whenever I peel boiled eggs, random thoughts pop into my mind about its looks. These guys are one of the handsome looking fellas in the non-vegetarian world. With white tux and yellow tie – they just rock the food fashion planet. Tell me who else in the food world can pull off that colour combination. With such smooth skin and soft exteriors. They are surely a wonder food in my kitchen. For such a small size they pack loads of proteins. If paired with greens – it makes an awesome food relish that could be used during any meal. Well, green and eggs are the source of inspiration behind this recipe. I used spinach with eggs and the gravy was made out of peanuts, garlic scapes, garlic and ginger. I usually boil the eggs with few herbs to infuse it with distinct aroma. This dish is made out of few ingredients that could be found in any household at any given time.
Eggs – 6
Spinach – 2 bunch (chopped)
Garlic scape – 1 (chopped)
Garlic – 2 pods (medium -chopped)
Ginger – 2 tsp (grated)
Sage -1 leaf
Peanuts – 1-1/2 tbsp
Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Sunflower Oil- 3 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Serves : 3
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time : 30-35 mins
1. Boil eggs with sage leaf, peel and cut into halves and keep it aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok. Sauté the fennel seeds for 1 min.
3. Add garlic scape, garlic, ginger and gently crushed peanuts. Sauté it for 3 mins.
4. Add all the masalas and cook it for 2 mins.
5. Add spinach and cook it for 5 mins.
6. Add eggs, give a good mix. And let it cook for 10 mins. Make sure to stir in between.
7. Add a cup of water. Let the spinach egg curry cook for 3 mins. Take it off from the stove and dish is ready.
1. You could add any herbs of your choice in boiling water with eggs. This gives distinct aroma to the dish.
2. Another variation of this dish could be made by substituting Swiss-chard leaves instead of spinach. Both the variations tastes yummy!
3. Paprika could be substituted for red chilli powder.
4. A bunch of coriander leaves could be substituted for coriander powder.
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