For a fragrant start to the day, Akuri (Parsi eggs) is pure perfection. Fluffy, Indian-style scrambled eggs with a sweet spicy heat in every bite.
I'm a big fan of eggs anytime of the day, but breakfast is obviously one of the best times to treat yourself. I first ate Parsi (Akuri) eggs in Mumbai in a wonderful Cafe Parsi. I had been informed in advance that the best item on the morning menu was the scrambled egg. I'll always order eggs, so knowing they came with rave reviews sealed their fate. All I can say is when I tasted these eggs, I declared them the tastiest of my life! The first version I ate in India actually featured ground lamb, cooked and stirred into the soft eggs. They have really changed your life! So incredibly tasty and the addition of lamb (my second favorite after eggs) was a revelation.
The second time around I sampled the eggs, order the lamb-less version and can conclude that they were a triumph as well. It is THIS Akuri recipe that I am sharing with you.
Who are the Parsis?
the Parsi community of India are the descendants of Persian settlers from the 8th to the 10th century. Their declining community is still found all over India, and particularly in Mumbai. Their cuisine is significantly different from standard Indian cuisine, taking influences from Iran and the Middle East. There are a plethora of excellent Parsi cafes and restaurants in Mumbai. The Parsi celebrate all kinds of foods, but eggs are one of their most famous. And I am in full support! This Parsi Akuri is often compared to another dish called Bhurji eggs - for the layman, there is no difference between Akuri and Bhurji. Glad to be corrected if you know better!
Is Akuri spicy?
Traditionally, Akuri is a milder spicy dish, as it is served in the morning. But that said, you can make yours as hot as you like - if you need to arouse your taste buds, increase the amount of chili powder or add chopped fresh chilies. If you don't want the heat, just omit the chili powder and replace it with a mild paprika. I like mine to have even the slightest spice, so choose a sweet chili powder and use it sparingly.
It's amazing how wonderfully a scrambled egg works with spices - every bite is an explosion of flavor and aroma.
What should I serve with Akuri?
Traditionally, egg akuri is served with pavé bread (a soft bun - like a bun), I prefer mine with a simple roti, chapati or naan. I'll also go Western on occasion and serve it with a few slices of crispy toasted sourdough for the “Akuri on toast” hybrid. Again, you can decide! Whichever you choose, it will act as the perfect vehicle for fluffy, fragrant eggs - a silky, spicy treat, to start the day right.
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