Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Anda Burji or Egg Burji has captured our hearts and our homes. It started as a simple, and cheap street food, and has since spread like wildfire throughout the subcontinent, connecting people from all walks of life.
Why is it so popular then? Is it just the price point or the ease of making it? No! It’s the lashings of flavour. It’s packed full of vegetables and generous heaps of our desi spices. No matter the hour, a warm egg burji alongside rotis, bread rolls or just toast is sure to hit the spot and have you going mmm-mmm!
There is a similar Parsi dish called akuri that people often compare to a burji. While the flavour profiles are similar, akuri is runny, with the eggs not being cooked all the way through. In a Burji, the eggs are well done. You can call it whatever you like, well done or runny, this dish is top-class. So, if you want to add egg burji to your repertoire of recipes, here is your chance. Read on for the full description.
Scrambled Eggs vs. Anda Burji
Scrambled eggs are popular in Europe, Britain, America and the like. This version of eggs is said to have originated in Ancient Rome and slowly spread across the globe. It’s also a simple dish, of beaten/whipped eggs. Flavoured with salt, pepper, butter and sometimes other ingredients like milk, chives and cheese.
Scrambled eggs but make it desi: i.e. Anda Buurji. In comparison, egg buurji is both spice and vegetable-heavy, and certainly not as, dare we say bland, as a traditional scramble. For a burji, you can expect to use pantry staples: chilli powder, turmeric, garlic & ginger and even curry leaves.
If you feel like adding vegetables here are a few that work –
In addition to this, you can add other spices and herbs. For example:
- Coriander – fresh or powdered
- Fresh dill or parsley
- Garam masala
Egg burji is really high in protein with very few calories, so it’s quite healthy for you. Because you have the option to add in a lot of different vegetable and spice pairings, egg burji is a very versatile dish. As if all that isn’t enough, you can have an egg burji ready in just 15 minutes! So, if you’re on a time crunch, this is the dish for you. What are you waiting for? Grab your Licious eggs and get cooking!