Easy Egg Recipes That You Can Ace During Lockdown & Flaunt For A Lifetime!

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    The most readily available, versatile, loved and downright delicious ingredient to ever exist across cultures (wow): we're pointing at the humble egg, an essential in the everyday kitchen. Since you're in lockdown, it's time to master and elevate the simple anda that goes into both cooking and baking with these egg-citing recipes. Let's get cracking, folks!

    Classic Masala Omelette

    What You Require: Eggs, onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, lemon juice and oil. 

    Time Required: 10 minutes

    There's no way you can mess this one up. We've all relished a masala omelette, and all it takes is eggs, pantry staples and just about 10 minutes of your day to cook yourself one. Besides, we love that you can play around with this recipe and add veggies of your choice, cheese, meat or just about anything you like. This one's a blank canvas, really! A nice tip would be to cook on low heat and fold the omelette (once one side has cooked) rather than flip to retain a moist center. Here's a recipe you can improvise with.

    Akuri

    What You Require: Eggs, milk, onions, cumin seeds, garlic, green chillies, turmeric, coriander, salt, pepper and oil.

    Time Required: 15 minutes

    Who doesn't love a mean bhurji? Lap it up with some pav, with some dal rice for lunch or just on its own with some tea? The possibilities of enjoying this elevated cousin of the scramble egg is endless. But we aren't asking you to try not just any ol' bhurji but Akuri, the Parsi version, a dish of creamy, custardy eggs that is spiced just right. It's pivotal not to overcook the eggs and not to stop at just one bite. Here's a recipe.

    Shakshuka

    What You Require: Eggs, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, chillies or jalapenos, bay leaf, cumin powder, chilli powder, fresh coriander, salt, pepper, sugar and oil. 

    Time Required: 30 minutes

    Ah, a Middle Eastern/ African classic that is so good, you wouldn't mind eating it for the rest of your life! The recipe is basically eggs bubbling and poaching away in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce. Stick some bread into the sauce, break away the runny yolk and you have the ultimate breakfast bite. But no, don't just limit this dish to breakfast, this could be brunch and mid-week dinner for all you want. It is rustic and simple at its core but you can jazz it up with cheese, or some spinach too. Here's a recipe.

    Deviled Eggs

    What You Require: Eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, chilli powder, parsley or coriander. 

    Time Required: 40 minutes

    Deviled eggs, hands down is a crowd pleaser, and the appetiser to serve when you're entertaining. It looks like you've done a lot, when really, it's the opposite. All you have to do is boil eggs, remove yolks, season yolks how'd you'd like and with what you'd like till it looks like creamy mayo and refill your whites! Genius and heavenly at that. The flexibility is great. You can keep it as classic or as fancy as you'd like. Here's a recipe.

    Egg Masala

    What You Require: Eggs, onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, salt and oil. 

    Time Required: 40 minutes.

    Every Indian kitchen and family has their own way of recreating this favourite. In case you don't have one, fret not, it's easy to make and you can get as creative as you'd like. All you need to do is make a curry base that has been simmering away long enough for all the flavours to have married and then add in some boiled eggs so that they get to join the party too! We recommend not hard boiling but cooking your eggs just till they have a soft center. Here's a recipe.

    Frittata Or Spanish Omelette

    What You Require: Eggs, cream, butter, potatoes, garlic, spinach, pepper, any cheese, any herb and salt. 

    Time Required: 30 minutes.

    Think fluffier, loaded and the more fancy rich cousin of the regular omelette. We love a good frittata. It does require some technical skill but one that isn't difficult. You need to whip and incorporate enough air into your egg mixture and gently fold in any ingredient you have in hand. Cheese, veggies, cold cuts. We like the potato and garlic classic frittata, but you do you, boo! Once cooked, you should be able to slice through the dish as you would slice through and serve pizza or a pie. Here's a recipe.

    Scotch Eggs

    What You Require: Eggs, flour, seasoned minced meat or sausage meat, salt, pepper, mustard and oil.

    Time Required: 60 minutes

    Another egg recipe that will steal the show at any party or date night is the Scotch Egg. Seasoned sausage meat wrapped around a soft boiled egg which is then fried till you have a golden, crunchy crust. Mmh, mmh! Wait till you cut into it and the yolk oozes. Well done, you're now a star. The dish may sound easy to make but you may get it wrong in the first few rounds, only the first few though. You can also make your minced meat mixture from and season to preference. Here's a recipe.

    French Toast

    What You Require: Eggs, any bread, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, unsalted butter, salt and honey.

    Time Required: 20 minutes

    French Toast is comfort food. Period. It brings eggs and bread together like never before and is so, cannot stress enough, so easy to make! Top it with fruit or coat it in cornflakes before frying to add that special touch. This dish is also the best for when you want to make your partner breakfast in bed. Here's a recipe.

    Egg Salad

    What You Require: Eggs, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, mustard and lettuce or bread.

    Time Required: 15 minutes

    Oh, we almost forgot how healthy eggs can be too and you can add them to your salad (any salad). To specially make an egg salad you can throw together boiled eggs pieces, mayo, salt, pepper and fill them into lettuce cups or between two slices of bread and enjoy. That quick and easy! You can add onions, spinach or pretty much anything else you'd like depending on how healthy or not you want it to be. Add an Indian flair to it but adding in some roasted garam masala. Here's a recipe.

    Egg Bonda

    What You Require: Eggs, chickpea flour, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, baking soda and oil

    Time Required: 20 minutes

    This fried snack is ubiquitous in the country and for sole reason which is, it's yummy! We think it's best you enjoy this come tea/snack time but who are we to say? Don't be intimated trying this out because all it is, is battered boiled eggs that are deep fried. Here's a recipe.

    Egg Fried Rice

    What You Require: Eggs, cooked rice, ginger, garlic, onion, carrot, capsicum, cabbage, any veggie, soy sauce, red chilli paste, vinegar, sesame oil, salt and green onions.

    Time Required: 25 minutes

    For a hug in a bowl, you need to learn how to make some egg fried rice. This dish is a perfect after work meal that you can cook up in a matter of minutes if you had leftover rice at hand. You can throw in aromats to season, and make it as Chindian as you please, all in one pot, that too. Add some meat and veggie for texture. Somehow, we feel leftover rice is what does the magic when it comes to cooking classic egg fried rice. Let us know once you've tried it! Here's a recipe.

    Egg Biryani

    What You Require: Eggs, rice, whole spices, ginger garlic paste, onion, tomatoes, turmeric, chilli, cumin and coriander powder, garam masala powder, coconut milk, salt, and oil.

    Time Required: 45 minutes

    Since we're on the subject of egg and rice, how does Egg Biryani sound? Splendid, no? This is for when you crave biryani and have no meat in the fridge. Just follow any biryani recipe of choice and replace the protein with our star ingredient of the day, eggs, boiled. Here's a recipe that uses some coconut milk for a creamy mouthfeel, yum! 

    Caramel Custard

    What You Require: Eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon

    Time Required: 30 minutes 

    One dessert that you can cook in 30 minutes tops and feel MasterChef-y afterwards is Caramel Custard. The main ingredient that gives the custard its texture are eggs. You need four ingredients at most, milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon or nutmeg and you're done. There's also no baking involved, you can simply steam away! Here's a recipe.