Indian Spiced Egg Scramble

Overview

Serves 4 for Breakfast

35 minutes prep time

The rundown:

  1. You’ll cut onions, tomatoes, and ginger

  2. Then the grown-up starts cooking those on the stovetop

  3. While the kid cracks eggs

  4. Then the grown-up adds the eggs and finishes cooking

allergies and dietary restrictions:

  • Vegetarian, nut free, dairy free, gluten free (if serve with gluten free bread)

Shopping List

  • 8 eggs

  • 2 beefsteak or roma tomatoes

  • 2 medium yellow onions

  • 1” piece of fresh ginger

  • Cumin seeds or ground cumin (2 teaspoons)

  • Ground turmeric (¼ teaspoon)

  • Small bunch fresh cilantro

  • Whole wheat chapati, naan, pita, or toast (to serve)

  • Pantry

    • Neutral cooking oil, like canola or grapeseed

    • Salt and pepper

Special Tools

  • Kid Chef Knife or Mezzaluna knife (but no problem if you don't have either). You can probably also use a Slap Chop instead (but we haven't tested this!)

Ready to cook? Instructions below

  • Wash hands

  • Collect ingredients

    • 8 eggs

    • 2 beefsteak or roma tomatoes

    • 2 medium yellow onions

    • 1” piece of fresh ginger

    • Cumin seeds or ground cumin

    • Ground turmeric

    • Small bunch fresh cilantro

    • Whole wheat chapati, naan, pita, or toast (to serve)

    • Neutral cooking oil, like canola or grapeseed

    • Salt and pepper

  • Collect tools

    • Large skillet

    • Grown-up chef knife

    • Kid chef knife or mezzaluna knife

    • Cutting board

    • 1 large bowl

    • 3 medium bowls

    • 1 small bowl

    • Measuring spoons (¼ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon)

    • Mixing spoon (heat proof)

    • Whisk

    • Dinner spoon

  • Dice 2 medium yellow onions

    • Grown-up:

      • Peel

      • Trim off ends

      • Cut in half

    • Kid: Dice roughly with kid chef knife or mezzaluna knife

    • Set aside in medium bowl

  • Rinse cutting board

    • If onions made your eyes water, rinse cutting board, knife, hands

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  • Prepare 2 large tomatoes

    • Wash tomatoes

    • Cut off top with kid chef knife

    • Put cut side on the cutting board

  • Dice 2 large tomatoes with kid chef knife

    • Slice into big pieces

    • Chop big pieces into smaller pieces

    • Put in a separate medium bowl (not same as onions)

  • Measure ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

    • Add to bowl with tomatoes

    • Note: turmeric stains easily! If it spills on the counter, wipe it up quickly.

  • Peel 1” piece of fresh ginger

    • Break ginger into a piece 1” long

    • Take a spoon and scrape off the skin

  • Chop ginger

    • Use a mezzaluna knife (or grown-up chops if you don’t have one)

    • Set aside in small bowl

  • Grown-up: heat pan with oil

    • Heat large skillet over medium-high heat

    • Coat bottom of pan with neutral oil like canola (about 2 Tablespoons)

  • Grown-up: Add cumin to pan

    • Kid: Measure 2 teaspoons cumin seeds or ground cumin

    • Grown-up: add to pan when oil is hot

  • Grown-up: Add onion to pan

    • Grown-up: after 30 seconds (when cumin starts to sputter and become fragrant), add the onion

    • Stir

    • Saute 3-4 minutes, until onions just start to soften

  • Germ alert:

    • You’re about to start cracking eggs. Eggs have germs that can make your tummy hurt. Never lick raw eggs, and always wash your hands after touching them.

  • Kid: Crack 8 eggs into a large mixing bowl

    • Grown-up: keep an eye on the stove

  • Wash hands and work surface

  • Grown-up: Add ginger and tomatoes

    • When onions start to soften, add the ginger

    • When ginger becomes fragrant (30 seconds), add tomatoes

  • Kid: Whisk eggs

    • Until yolks are broken up

  • Grown-up: add eggs to pan

    • Season with salt and pepper

    • Mix together

    • Stir eggs occasionally

  • Kid: while eggs are cooking, wash a handful of fresh cilantro

    • Dry with paper towels

  • Kid: pick leaves off cilantro stems

  • Grown-up: remove eggs from heat

    • Stop cooking just when eggs stop looking runny, they’ll continue to cook a bit after you remove from heat

    • Pour into a medium mixing bowl

  • Kid: divide eggs onto 4 plates, top with cilantro leaves

  • Serve with whole wheat Naan/chapati/pita/toast

    • Microwave naan, pita, chapati about 30 seconds to warm

    • Toast bread

  • Nom!

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