Our Chai Dates

A few months ago I posted about a morning ritual in our house – which we affectionately call “chai dates.”  My husband and I still try and make time to squeeze this time in as often as we can.  Today was a relaxing morning at home for both of us – so I made my mother-in-law’s chai recipe and our favorite Indian breakfast – Indian style scrambled eggs.  (I’m sure there is an official name for this – but we just call it “Indian eggs”).  I posted the recipe over in the IndianTies forums a while ago, but in case you missed out, I’ll repost it here.

Here’s how we make them:



  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 medium onion, cut up
  • small amount of oil to fry the onion
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (depending on how spicy your chili powder is – you can add more or less)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green chili, cut in half
  • salt to taste

First, fry the diced onion until it is browned, add in all the other ingredients (except the eggs and milk) and fry for one to two minutes.  Finally, add the eggs and milk and cook until they are done.  

Serve with warm chapattis (we cheat and use tortillas) and please don’t forget the mango pickle!

So do you have a favorite South Asian breakfast recipe?  When I first went to India, I was surprised at some of the breakfast foods.  Curries for breakfast kind of blew my mind.  I’m more of a cereal girl – although my family is from the South and we have our own peculiar breakfast foods (my husband still doesn’t like grits – but he does appreciate biscuits and gravy!)

Once I got married it did not take long to find out that our ideas of breakfast did not mix… in my husband’s family, cereal would have been the first course for breakfast – followed by something a lot more substantial.  While staying in India with my in-laws, if I requested a bowl of cereal, they would always try to get me to eat something else afterwards… and if I politely declined, they were quite troubled that I wasn’t eating enough.  Most of the time I would give in and eat curries or appam or dosa or whatever they were having.  I was always relieved if they were having something “normal” like sausages and toast and jam.  I love almost all Indian foods that I’ve ever had – just not first thing in the morning!

I wonder why Americans are so obsessed with sweet foods in the mornings?  Most of our breakfast foods are very sweet (hey I’m not complaining!).  But from what I’ve found, Indian breakfasts are more savory – and to be honest, at first they looked more like lunch or dinner than breakfast to me!  It took me a while to catch on, but once I figured out that my husband starts his day off much better with a full stomach, I gave in and started making bigger breakfasts. (But we do compromise and we rarely have “curry” for breakfast – although that’s a great way to get rid of leftovers!)

And I have to say, I really do love me some Indian eggs and chai.



195 thoughts on “Our Chai Dates

  1. Cagey (Kelli Oliver George)

    Great post. I personally HATE American breakfasts and would love to eat curries in the morning (except, you know, *I* have to cook it. What’s up with THAT? Heh)

    Anyway, we make a variation of those eggs, too – I call them “khagina”, but that is an Urdu word. I don’t know any other word for them! (FYI, we use egg substitute and they are still yummy, and healthier.)

    Mmmmm, I love a cold winter morning with some warm chai. I wish my husband liked it more. :-(

  2. emm_and_emm

    We call it “bhurji” or “anda bhurji”.
    Incidentally, we had a chai date just this morning in our backyard with our new little puppy.

  3. Naomi

    Oh we eat that TOO! (except it is “hold the eggs” for me)

    Nothin’ better than all of that jazz rolled up in some chipatis!!!

  4. adriana

    yea.. it’s bhurji and it’s YUM with parathas.

    mm… many-layered parathas, plain or methi are best, then potato, and only if I have to onion, with a simple sabzi.. a little yogurt too..

    ok enough daydreaming – I said I would not tweet or facebook-status my meals during Ramadan so your blog is giving me an outlet! :)

  5. The Gori Wife

    We call that Khagina too. In my husband’s family, they are just as likely to eat leftover dinner foods for breakfast as some of the more traditional breakfast-y foods. I’m with you, I have a hard time eating a full-on Pakistani meal first thing in the morning.

    But if we’re talking a later, weekend-y type brunch, I absolutely love “Halva-Puri” with all the various cholays and halvas and aloo curries with deep-fried crispy pooris. Nothing like it. And then a long nap afterwards!

  6. Gori Girl

    Eggs were a key ingredient in all of the breakfasts Aditya’s family cooked on vacation the past couple of weeks.

    I opted for toast. (I’d take curry fine, but I’m an egg-hater)

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