Egg Bhurji (Anda Bhurji) recipe – Mumbai street style
Egg Bhurji is one of Mumbai’s popular street food. Also, can say it’s one of the fast-selling street foods. It’s one of the dishes which one must definitely try when in Mumbai and at a thela (roadside cart).
A stall that makes egg bhurji is not difficult to locate in Mumbai. You can easily spot an egg bhurji wala, not only through the sound of butter sizzling on a big hot tawa and the karachi (laddle) continuously scrambling eggs but also through the aroma filling the air around. In Mumbai, egg bhurji is served with soft laadi pav.
What is Egg Bhurji?
It’s an Indian version of scrambled eggs. Also, popularly called Anda Bhurji. In the Hindi language, Anda means Egg and Bhurji translates to scramble. It is delicious and one of the most favorite forms of eggs for breakfast.
Everyone has memories with food items, so do I. This was my favorite dish enjoyed with friends after a late-night movie. It satisfies the craving for something spicy, delicious, and pocket-friendly too.
Made with basic ingredients available in everyone’s kitchen and can be ready within 15-20minutes. This is one of the dishes everybody knows to make and feels proud too.
The base of this dish is a regular masala – which is with onions, tomatoes, green chilies. Right? But the difference in taste at home and thela/street side is the additional spices and cooking process. Which I will disclose in the recipe.
Though it is made with fewer ingredients, the dish is packed with flavors.
Mumbai street style anda bhurji
There are many variations and depends on the regions. While the South version has curry leaves in it, the North adds chat masala.
Mumbai street style is popular for adding loads of butter, green chilies for heat, cheese at few stalls, and a secret spice powder.
One of the benefits of eating at a street stall is, preparation of the dish can be seen. I’m always keen to see the cooking process and replicate the same at home too. Out of my curiosity, I asked the person about spices added in bhurji. He was kind enough to disclose the secret masala powder which is either pav bhaji masala, kitchen king masala, or garam masala.
Ingredients to make anda bhurji
Egg: An high protein ingredient is a solution to make a quick meal, be it breakfast, or lunch, or even dinner. Also, they are versatile and wholesome. Starting the day with eggs, keep the tummy full for hours.
Butter and Oil: You can use either one to make bhurji, but combination adds a different taste. On high heat, butter tends to burn, as oil has a higher smoking point, it prevents the butter from burning and the butter lends flavor.
Vegetables: The only vegetables needed are onion, tomato, green chilies, ginger-garlic, and coriander leaves. At home, you can add chopped capsicum.
Spice powders: Red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Other options of spice powders are pav bhaji masala or kitchen king masala.
How to Serve Egg Bhurji
In Mumbai, egg burji is served with 2 laadi pavs. At home, I slit the pav in half, and lightly toast it with butter. While this is the best combo, egg bhurji tastes good with other combinations too. Since childhood, have seen this made for;
- Breakfast with puris, rotis, paratha, or bread.
- Side dish with rice and dal or rasam.
- As a filling for a sandwich between bread slices or pav.
For fluffy scrambled eggs, crack the eggs in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and whisk it rigorously. This step will incorporate air. A tablespoon of water or milk can be added before whisking.
For perfect street style egg bhurji, cook onion and tomato till soft.
I like egg bhurji moist. So, I cook till it’s nearly done. Cooking the eggs till done makes the egg bhurji dry.
Do not skip butter. The buttery touch uplifts the taste of egg bhurji.
Do try this recipe and if you like it, please let me know in the comment. You can also check the recipe for Pav Bhaji, which is also a famous Mumbai street style item.
Egg Bhurji – Mumbai street style
- 1 tbspn Oil
- 3 Eggs
- 1 medium Onion (finely chopped)
- 1 medium Tomato (finely chopped)
- 2-3 Green chilies (adjust as per taste)
- 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Red chili powder
- 1 tsp Garam masala powder
- 1 tsp Butter
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves
- Break eggs in a bowl, add a pinch of salt, and whisk for about a minute. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add chopped onions and saute till translucent.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies. Saute for few seconds until the raw smell goes away.
- Add chopped tomato and saute till they turn soft.
- Next, add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala. Cook for a minute or less. Make sure masalas do no burn.
- Add the whisked eggs and stir to combine well with the onion-tomato masala. Cook till the eggs are just set.
- Add butter and mix well.
- Turn off the heat and add finely chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy hot.