My love of ” good food” is like a cliched romance movie where the actress never really realizes she loves the actor till she has to live away from him. And there begins the search , always on a look out to find her love somewhere on the street as she walks by or somewhere in a mall as she shops.Well that is me. Always checking out new spots that open up and looking for the first excuse to sample them, always scanning the newspapers and magazines for reviews. It has turned out to be something of an obsession but what true love is not part obsession I say.
This obsession makes me google for recipes and their variations before I cook anything and there are lots of food blogs out there and lots of recipes for a particular dish and that is why this blog will not go into the known territory.Whimsytummy will follow her cooking instincts and add a little this and little that and will post her own dishes that turned out to be easy to make and yummy to eat . Whimsytummy will try to keep its own signature look and I am hoping you will help make it stay that way.
Let me begin my 1st post with a dish that is easy to make and has been saved me from starvation when I have to cook and I was just a beginner. A lot of friends find cooking to be a complex task but believe me girls this recipe of a mine is a keeper like the ace under your sleeve.
Lets call it the panned egg:) Funny name you say:p Well that is what my mum called it when a little whimsytummy asked her what was the dish called. And when you make it you will see why!
Panned egg recipe:
This will serve 4.
2 large tomatoes
2 large onions
1 inch ginger finely chopped
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste(1 tsp)
1 tsp chilli powder
coriander leaves for garnish
oil 1/2 tbsp
Take a utensil with a wide area like a wok/kadai or a pan that is deep enough to hold the gravy. We need this to drop in the eggs at the last minute of the recipe.
Ever since I can remember this dish has been a favorite of mine because of the way the eggs are cooked. Routine bores me and boiled egg,scrambled egg and omlettes can be boring and this way of cooking and presenting an egg fascinated me.
Back to the recipe:
Please maintain a low flame. Pour the oil in kadai. Add the ginger and let it release its flavour into the oil. Now add the onions and saute them till they are transluscent. Now add the tomatoes and saute. Now is the time to add salt and chilli powder,sugar. Why sugar? Because this balances the flavours of the dish.Mix well. Pour enough water to just cover the onions and tomatoes. Now for the fun part. Take an egg at hold it right over he kadai ,crack it and dop it all in. Repeat the same for all eggs but make sure there is enough space between the eggs as when they are dropped in like that the egg white spreads abd may get joined to that of other eggs.
Now cover with a lid and let cook till the eggs are looking solid and are not runny. Garnish with chopped coriander. This dish goes well with bread,rice, chapathi.
So there you are girls..so more cooking tensions its as easy as that!
What i love about this dish is that it looks like a sunny painting with the reds from the tomatoes and the eggs which when dropped in like that most of the time ends up with the sunny side up which adds the happy yellow color to the dish. We kids normally end up calling dibs for the sunny side up eggs at home:) And whats more no complex spice bags need be dug out from the kitchen cupboards!