How to Spice-Up Breakfast
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
WORDS BY MEGAN EVANS
Despite the old wives’ tale that ‘breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day’, many of us find we don’t have the time or the desire early in the morning to spend time creating a delicious, nutritious meal. Breakfast is sometimes a quick cereal bar you grab on your way out of the door, and by 11 o’clock stomachs begin to rumble and grumble.
A decent hearty breakfast really does set you up for the day. They are good for diets and good for moods; they set you up with enough energy to tackle the day ahead and contribute to an all round happier, healthier you.
But should you have for breakfast when time is of the essence? Scrambled eggs is one of the quickest and easiest meals to make and is brimming with nutritious healthy goodness. There is just one gripe to be had with good old fashioned scrambled eggs. They can be bland, boring and tasteless.
So why not add a bit of flavour and spice to the egg mixture? There are some great recipes to be found that give your eggs a bit of a twist in the morning. My favourite recipe combines green chillies, fresh coriander and a touch of cumin to create a delicious blend of subtle flavourings. Since this is the first meal of the day, the spicy mix should not be too overpowering or hot, but should just be enough to get the taste buds going.
The thought of green chillies might seem a little frightening – dicing them first thing in the morning could be disastrous! But the risk is well worth it, the dish would just not be the same without it. Cumin and coriander seeds are a perfect addition to the fragrant mixture along with a small sprinkle of turmeric powder.
Adding finely chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes, topped with a helping of fresh coriander you’re good to go. Lightly toasted wholemeal pita bread makes for a delicious and healthy accompaniment, giving you that low GI carbohydrate for an extra boost of energy.
This dish is the perfect tasty alternative to the average serving of scrambled eggs on toast. Spice fans will definitely love this light and simple breakfast packed with tonnes of flavour and energy to keep you going until lunch.
Spiced Scrambled Egg
½ tsp + ½ tsp of cumin seeds
½ tsp coriander seeds
A knob of butter
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2-3 small green chillies, finely chopped
½ red onion, finely chopped
¼ – 1/3 capsicum (peppers), diced
4 eggs beaten
Salt to taste
1 tomato, diced
Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Pita bread (or normal bread if preferred) toasted
In a large non-stick pan, dry roast the first ½ tsp of cumin with the coriander seeds until fragrant. Grind to a powder with a spice grinder, or a simple mortar and pestle. In this same pan, add the butter and add the second ½ tsp of whole cumin seeds.
When the seeds have popped, add the spice powder and turmeric and fry for a couple of minutes on medium heat.
Next, add the chillis and onion and fry until soft. Add the capsicum (peppers) for another 2 minutes.
In a bowl, beat the eggs with the salt. Add the eggs to the pan and scramble as normal. When the eggs are half cooked, add the tomatoes and more salt according to taste and continue to scramble.
Finally, add the chopped fresh coriander and serve with warm pita bread or toast.
Recipe courtesy of Deepa Gopinath of One Small Pot. Follow more of her recipes on: