“Scrambled eggs” – this brings up an image in my mind, of the free breakfast I invariably and out of compulsion, end up eating at most hotels during my business travels. Almost always eaten in a hurry along with some oatmeal, fruit and yogurt, followed by a coffee to-go, as I’m usually running late for an appointment, or trying to make sure I get to my destination early enough so I can get set up for a good, productive meeting. I’m not even sure if the scrambled eggs I’m eating in these hotels are real or processed. In all likelihood, many hotels that serve ‘hot breakfast’ for free, cook scrambled eggs from a powdered version and not real eggs. You can notice the difference in taste almost immediately. Try getting the cold, hard boiled eggs instead – they are at least REAL!
Well, in any case, I’m talking about a very different scrambled egg here. There’s a night and day difference between this dish and the one you get at a free hotel breakfast! This is the South Indian version of a popular North Indian dish called ‘Anda Bhurji‘. Anda is the Hindi word for egg and bhurji is the word used for scrambled. Anda Bhurji is one of the most popular dishes served in ‘Dhabas‘. Dhaba is the name given to roadside restaurants in India. They are on highways, generally serve local cuisine, and also serve as truck stops. They are most commonly found next to gas stations, and most are open 24 hours a day. Since many Indian truck drivers are of Punjabi descent, and Punjabi food and music are popular throughout India, the word dhaba has come to represent any restaurant that serves Punjabi food, preferred by many truck drivers.
There are different ways to cook this dish, but the ingredients most common are eggs, onion, chili peppers (or powder) and turmeric. Our version has bell pepper and tomato in addition to onions. You can always add more finely cut vegetables/greens like mushrooms, cabbage, carrots or spinach.
This recipe features making this dish in the Instant Pot (IP) but this is very similar to cooking in a regular pan. It is very simple and quick, yet so flavorful and heart warming and makes for a hearty and healthy brunch, when served with toast or hot rotis. Try it out at home – the kids will love it (go easy on the chili for them)!