Back to School with Egg Bhurji Stuffed Pita Pockets

July 2, 2016 at 3:27 am Leave a comment

My Tom and Jerry are back to school-finally! Kids and me both are happy to get back into our regular routine, after a very very long summer break. But that also means rushed mornings and the eternal question of what to make for the lunch box?

This year both kids refused to take the lunch provided at school (it was optional…sigh!) So we are back to prepping everything the previous evening and then putting everything together in the morning. The lad usually isn’t very fussy but the Diva makes up for it! 🙂 These Egg Bhurji Stuffed Pita Pockets have got a thumbs up from her too 🙂

It is a healthier variation of the popular street food Bhurji-Pao , where the bhurji is sandwiched between buttery, toasted pao. If you are one of those people,who cannot get past the sizzling roadside carts without having one- this recipe is for you. I promise you,you will not miss the pao too much 🙂

If you have a batch of whole wheat Pita bread handy (I make a batch and store it in the freezer and use as required), this is one of the quickest ways to serve a wholesome, scrumptious meal satisfying your street food cravings .

Egg Bhurji stuffed Pita pockets is a great for the kids lunch box or for a lazy weekend brunch or very handy as a meal/snack ‘on-the-go’. You can even involve the kids to make their own lunch/snack ..ok…I see a few raised eyebrows… maybe not on hectic school days, but on weekends 🙂

For an eggless version you can make a Paneer or Tofu scramble in a similar way and stuff the pita pockets with it.

Egg Bhurji stuffed Pita pockets

Summary

  • Cuisine: fusion
  • Yield: 4
  • Course or type: brunch
  • Cooking Technique: Sautéing
  • Preparation Time: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Cooking Time: 20

Ingredients

For the Egg Bhurji
5 eggs
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 small green capsicum, finely chopped
4 – 5 green chilies, chopped
1 teaspoon red chilli paste (or red chilli powder)
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 cloves of garlic, grated
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (Jeera)
1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ghee
2 teaspoons oil
to taste Salt
A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
For the stuffed Pita Pockets
4 whole wheat pita bread (4-5 inch)
2 onions sliced
2 tomatoes sliced lengthwise
a few wedges Lime to serve
sprigs of few coriander
1 – 2 teaspoons chaat masala for sprinkling

Steps

  1. First make the spicy egg bhurji. For this, first break the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk together thoroughly, along with ½ teaspoon salt.
  2. Then, warm the ghee and oil together in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle. To it, add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes till lightly browned.
  3. Now add the turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, green chilies and the red chilli paste. Sauté for a few seconds more till fragrant.
  4. Next, add the tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes till they just soften. Next, add the capsicum, pav bhaji masala and salt taking care only to add just enough salt for the masala as salt is separately added to the eggs too.
  5. Mix and cook for 1-2 minutes more till everything is sizzling. Pour in the whisked eggs and stir continuously, with the heat on low-medium, until the eggs are scrambled and blend well with the masala.
  6. Cook till the scramble is well done, all the time mixing thoroughly. Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves on the prepared Egg Bhurji, turn off the heat and set the bhurji aside till you prepare the pockets.
  7. To assemble the Pita Pockets: Warm the Pita breads in an oven/microwave or directly on a skillet. Cut in half to open up the pockets and make a cavity for the stuffing.
  8. In the cavity, place a few slices of the onion, tomato and 1-2 sprigs of fresh coriander. Then, fill the pockets with the Egg Bhurji, sprinkle chaat masala and serve with a wedge of lime/lemon.

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