Recently, I posted a question on my facebook page, asking everyone what their favorite breakfast was. And I got some great ideas. So, along those lines, I thought I would share one of my favorite breakfast recipes- and I can assure you that it has been very much appreciated by all my guests as well. I learnt it from my sister in law, Ambreen, who is a phenomenal cook! Her cooking surpasses the realm of normal good cooking. She got married at 19, and was already the ‘Kitchen Queen’ at that young age. Like a lot of great cooks, it runs in her family. Her mother and her sisters- all amazing cooks.
Not only can she make the simplest of dishes taste delicious (her aloo kee bhujjia- one of my favorites), but she can have it ready in seconds! She’ll wake up in the morning and ask you what you would like for breakfast- Halwa Poori? Ok- 10 minutes later, halwa poori from scratch! Plus, there are some things like khichri, that is not really my favorite, but I literally cannot stop eating it when she makes it. Her nihari is world famous, and even my mother in law, who does not usually eat meat, loves it.
I have a lot of her recipes, but sadly, the one thing that is missing when I make them is her touch. It is her natural talent and ability, and that just cannot be replicated. It is so easy and completely effortless for her. It’s truly a gift, and it comes with a bright smile and twinkling eyes. She, along with her husband, are such warm and welcoming hosts, as Peshawaris say, they have a khula matha, (literally, smooth forehead- implying that they’re not frowning or scowling or in a bad mood; meaning very gracious hosts) that it is always a great pleasure visiting them. They love having family over and serving them delicious food which works out very well for us!
Now, this dish may not do justice to Ambreen’s great talent, but it is the only one that I have mastered well enough to be able to share! It has been such a hit, that I feel like I have become more famous for it when the credit really goes to her. I always asked her to make these for me for breakfast. (Another great thing about her is that she is always happy to take requests.)
So, here it is- a really pretty breakfast and so yummy too!
- 1 onion
- 1 tomato
- 2 green chillies
- Few sprigs cilantro
- 5-6 eggs
- Salt to taste
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- Heat the oil in a 12 inch non stick skillet. Chop the onions, tomatoes and green chillies and fry in the oil on medium low heat until the onions are soft and translucent. (I add a little water and crank the heat up to get them done quicker
- Add the salt and cilantro and give it a couple of stirs. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.
- Carefully crack the eggs over the onion mixture.
- Reduce the heat, cover and cook until the eggs are done to the desired degree of your liking.
*You can use any combination of ingredients that you like, e.g. mushrooms, bell pepper, turkey bacon, olives, etc.
Thank you Ambreen, for your outstanding, Peshawari style hospitality, and may your home always be full of love and laughter.
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