Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Egg Bhurji

Before I left Pune, one of my favourite spots to hang out on a lazy evening was the Pune University fountain. This spot was especially fun during the brief Pune winters as it served great, hot food. What started as three small carts when I was in Std X had become a mini Chowpatty in just a couple of years. (Not to be confused with the mini Chowpatty near Farazkhana). You could find all kinds of food here to match your mood and budget. Chinese, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Dosas and last but not least, awesome Egg Bhurji. The fact that there was a steady traffic of pretty, young girls coming to enjoy the lively atmosphere didn't hurt business either. I loved hot bhurji at Univ. fountain on a crisp winter evening. One egg, onions, tomatoes, questionable oil, spiced to perfection and served with 'pavs'. Heaven for 3.00 Rupees (approximately 7 cents). I remember spending many an evening with my friends at the University Fountain watching the St Joseph's girls returning from Hockey practice. Univ Fountain was a place for all seasons. In the summer the gentle mist from the 3 story fountain kept the area cool and in the winter, the hot food took care of business. Today, due to the haphazard growth of Pune city and ambitious local politicians, Pune has lost one of its greatest landmarks to 'road widening'. The great University fountain had been razed and the food stalls are all gone. Every time I pass Pashan road, I can't help but look out and reminisce about my teenage years, close friends, my red, rusty BSA SLR and a hot plate of anda bhurji at the edge of the fountain.

3 Eggs
1 Onion finely chopped
1 Tomato finely chopped
2 tsp Coriander finely chopped
1 Green Chili chopped
1/2 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a wok and add chili and onions
Stir occasionally till onions become brown on the edges
Ass tomato and let it cook for a minute of two
Add chili, turmeric, salt and garam masala and mix thorougly
Break the eggs on the hot mixture and start scrambling
Add coriander
Scramble till eggs are completely cooked

Serve with Sourdough bread rolls.