Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Vengna ne Keri ni Akoori (Spiced scrambled eggs with raw mangoes & aubergine)

Vengna ne Keri ni Akuri
"Aunty B, could you help me with a few old world forgotten Parsi recipes?"  I would ask my neighbour Mrs B. A sweet little lady with a pleasant voice, she hails from a tiny village in the state of Gujarat, and his known in our neighbourhood for her superlative culinary skills.

Mrs B, besides having great knowledge of gastronomy, also has an enviable collection of recipe books.

One morning as I was  heading home from my yoga class,  I bumped into Mrs B, who was on her way home too. "Hi, Pari!" she said in her sing-song voice", "You know I was rummaging through a few books of mine and have come across one full of Parsi recipes, would you like to keep it?"  "Sure Mrs B, thanks for thinking of me." I said. "That's great, when can you come and take it dear?", she asked. "Shall I come now, Mrs B?" "Sure, sure come come ". So I followed her home in the next building and was handed over a treasure trove of lovely Parsi recipes, apparently it a free book that was given to the attendees of the Fourth Zoroastrian World Congress, her son being one of them had recived the book and had handed it over to his mother.

As I reached home I carefully tucked my new possession amongst my minuscule recipe book collection and almost forgot all about it.

Now if you happen to have even one Parsi friend, you would surely know of their undying love for eggs. You can read more on the same HERE. My better half himself cannot start his day without two eggs, and these may be in any form, they just have to be eggs.

Owing to this I often make scrambled eggs, eggs in a hole, Parsi masala omlette, Sali-per- eedu, or akuri. (Akuri is a spicy scrambled egg dish made by the Parsis of India. Eggs are cooked until almost runny and are never overcooked. It is traditionally eaten with pav (dinner rolls) or chapatti (a type of Indian flat bread)).

The mister is blissfully content with the above listed egg preparations, however the wandering soul that rests in my heart isn't. I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes and am always giving my own spins to some old recipes. You can check out a few here, here and here.

This time a thought of putting a little spin on a breakfast recipe and instead of using my own brain, I decide to rummage through my newly gifted Parsi recipe book.

As I flipped though the breakfast section of the book, amongst the traditional ones I chanced upon this little gem, titled Vengna ne Keri ni Akuri (meaning spicy scrambled eggs with aubergine and raw mango)

Have I piqued your interest now?

Then read on for the recipe.
Serves: 2

You will need:

4 eggs
1 large red onion
2 medium sized tomatoes
1/2 cup aubergines (diced)
1/4 cup raw mangoes (diced)
1/2 cup coriander leaves (chopped)
1 or 2 green chilies
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin seed powder
1/4 tsp coriander seed powder
Oil to fry the onions
Salt to taste
Bread or chapattis to serve


Heat some oil in a skillet, once warm add in the chopped onions and chopped green chilies, saute till the onions are deep golden in colour.

Once the onions change colour add in the ginger garlic paste and saute well.

Next add chopped mangoes, aubergines and all the spices, saute well.

Once the spices loose their raw smell add in chopped tomatoes and mix well.

Cover with a lid and allow the mixture to reduce to an easily mash-able pulp (approx 5 mins on low-medium)

Now break in the eggs add salt and combine them with the mixture.

Add chopped coriander leaves and combine.

Serve hot with fresh bread or chapattis and a hot cuppa chai.

Bon Appetite!

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