Jul 24, 2012

Bhurji Pav

Yes it's monsoon. It's that time of the year when we crave fried, fatty food as if we need to store up for the winter. The ants bury their food in their ant hills. We bury ourselves into our food and then wait for the year to end to make resolutions that never happen. I'm no Buddha. I give in sometimes too. I'll eat that extra cupcake or cookie even though I'm not supposed to. But being vegan has it's perks. If I was giving into a cake full of eggs, butter, milk and not to forget the sugar, I would've been a few kilos heavier. Of course I eat fried food, I can't resist a samosa or two but I don't eat it everyday. And when I do eat something fried or oily, my body (and head) send me to the corner. I feel sleepy, lethargic and heavy. I now know the difference between eating food cooked with oil and without.

Bhurji Pav (scrambled eggs with buns) is a breakfast/ snack food here. You can go to the Irani cafes and eat it or you will find it off food carts that make it until 2 in the morning. There is nothing I can eat in that egg or paneer bhurji or the butter smeared pav, but that doesn't stop me from making it at home, vegan style.

This recipe is oil-free because that's how I roll. I'd made some oil free whole wheat buns to go with this, but you can eat it with regular pav, buns, bread, rotis or even as it is.

For the bhurji:

Firm Tofu 200gm block
1 Tomato
1 small Onion
1 Green Pepper/ Capsicum
2 Green Chillies chopped
2 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast (Optional)
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
Black Salt (adds great flavour)

Crumble the tofu and set it aside.

In a hot wide pan, cook the onions with water and salt. Add one teaspoon water at a time till the onions are cooked. Add in the tomatoes and capsicum. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Add the Turmeric, Mustard Powder, Nutritional Yeast if using. Add in the crumbled tofu and stir it around till the tofu is uniformly yellow. Crack some pepper on top.

Serve hot with Pav Buns or Bread.


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