Eggs are the best way to start a day. It gives you full of vitality and energy which can last through out the day. It is equally good for kids as well as elderly people. When on carbs less or carbs free diet, Eggs are the main options for a fulfilling breakfast. But this dish can be had any time of the day as it is flavorsome and spiced up with Indian spices used in day to day cooking.
Egg Bhurji, as it is known in India, is a dish popular in Northern and Western India. Known as Egg Khagina, this is also a regular dish of Pakistan. This dish is made with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, chillies and spice powders in its original version. I’m making it in a different, more healthy way there by reducing the carbs intake. Its basically a scrambled egg version or a Spanish omelette variation. As in any case, now a days people add greens and veggies to make it more healthier.
In my version of this dish, Onions, tomatoes and fresh coriander play the main part. Fresh coriander or cilantro is an addiction for me. The smell and flavor of this wonderful leaves turn any dish or drink into a different level. Its so addictive that are pulled to it and forced to add this wonderful herb where ever you can add them. Its not only the aroma and taste, which makes me use this leaves. It has got several health benefits too.
Coriander, commonly known as Dhaniya in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the America and some parts of Europe, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum Sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.
Its uses in global food preparation is only the tip of the iceberg. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with potential health benefits that most people completely miss when they toss this garnish into the garbage after eating their meal. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties.
The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea , mouth ulcers, anaemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections.
Cineole, one of the 11 components of the essential oils, and linoleic acid, are both present in coriander, and they possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties. They help to reduce the swelling that is caused by these two conditions. For other swelling conditions, such as swelling due to kidney malfunction or anemia, it is also seen to be effective to some extent, because some of the components in coriander help induce urination and the release of excess water from the body.
It is high in iron content, which directly helps people who suffer from anaemia. Low iron content in the blood can result in shortness of breath, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive functions. Iron also benefits proper functions of other organ systems, increases energy and strength, and promotes the health of bones.
Coriander, due to the rich aroma from its essential oils, helps in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, thereby stimulating digestion and peristaltic motion. It is also helpful in treating eating disorders like anorexia. Besides the pleasant aroma of coriander, it has certain stimulatory qualities, derived from the minerals and neurotransmitters that are stimulated when coriander is ingested. Studies have shown that dyspepsia (indigestion) is reduced if coriander is regularly added to the diet. For small children, who have a higher chance of developing abdominal colic than adults, small amounts of coriander in their diet can clear the issue up quickly!
Cilantro is a natural stimulant, and it regulates proper secretion from the endocrine glands, and that hormonal impact means that it helps regulate proper menstrual cycles and reduces the associated pain during a woman’s period. Cilantro helps cure ulcers, inflammation, spasms, while acting as an expectorant and protecting the liver. It is anti carcinogenic, anticonvulsant, antihistaminic and hypnotic. Coriander is believed to be a natural aphrodisiac and traditionally, it was widely used in certain combinations with other herbs to enhance a person’s libido.
There have been very few dangers associated with coriander, but as with almost any food, there is some danger of allergic reaction to it, and in some cases, it can be irritating to the skin. One of the more unusual side effects is that some patients complain of sunlight sensitivity, and that excessive coriander intake makes them more susceptible to sunburn, which could subsequently lead to skin cancer over the long term.
Coming back to the dish, I’ve made a combo of eggs and cottage cheese to make this fulfilling and to round up maximum protein and energy and there by activating the fat burning process. I’ve used butter instead of ghee as it helps in fat burning process. Onions and tomatoes are healthy carbs, so I use them in plenty. Brown bread or chapattis can be had with this too thus making it a full fledged meal.
Clean, wash and chop the onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves finely.
Coarsely break up the paneer cubes with your hands.
Whisk the egg lightly and keep aside.
Heat a pan with butter. Add the onions and sauce till wilted but still crunchy. Add salt while doing this.
Add the turmeric and chillies powders and saute till aromatic.
Add the tomatoes and fry till pulpy and then go on to add the cheese/paneer. Combine and saute till well incorporated.
Add the eggs and stir in quick motion until you get a scrambled version.
Adjust salt if needed and finally add the coriander leaves. Mix up well and saute for a minute.
Serve hot .