Indian Panch Puran Eggs

Indian Panch Puran Eggs

Adapted from a recipe on Linda Genaw’s site, I decided to take my favorite Indian seasonings and throw them into eggs today and it was DELICIOUS!  Panch Puran, (known as either 5-spice mix or 7-spice mix), is a common Bengali and East Indian spice.  I have the 7-spice blend which is a mixture of cumin, nigella (kalongi or onion seed) , anise (fennel), fenugreek seed, mustard seed, cloves and allspice.   The 5-spice mix omits the cloves and allspice.  NOTE: this is not the 5-spice powder used in Chinese cooking! These spice blends can be purchased ready-made at import stores carrying Indian foods or on-line at places like Penzey’s.  There are also likely recipes on the internet for making it homemade.   I bought a bottle at a little Indian import place in San Antonio.

My husband doesn’t ordinarily like elaborate eggs in the morning, but being an Indian food fan, he tried these and said they tasted very good.  That pleased me immensely.  But he said that he would like them better as a side dish for an evening Indian meal. I liked this recipe a lot!  Very delicate flavors and not heavy at all.   By the way, this dish is NOT hot from the jalapeno, as searing jalapenos takes a lot of the heat out of them.  Omit the cayenne if you don’t like spicy foods.  This dish is Induction friendly and suitable for Keto or Primal-Paleo as well.

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3 T. butter, unsalted (or ghee, or coconut oil)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped

½ clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

Pinch each ground coriander, turmeric, curry powder, cumin

Dash cayenne pepper (optional)

¼ tsp. Panch Puran 7-Spice Mix (see comments above recipe)

4 large eggs

Optional:  Cilantro to garnish

DIRECTIONS:   Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet over med-high heat.  Saute onion and jalapeno until tender.  Add garlic, ginger and tomato and cook down until the tomato is just tender.  Whisk eggs with all spices and pour into skillet and cook like scrambled eggs until done.  Serve garnished with some chopped fresh cilantro for best flavor, or omit garnish if you don’t like cilantro.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

315 calories

27.4 g  fat

5.1 g carbs, .9 g fiber, 4.2 NET CARBS

13.5 g  protein

very little sodium

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