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Pakistani Style Spicy Baked Eggs

On my recent trip to Karachi I realized that I have turned into one of those people – you know the kind of person who goes out for brunch and orders the Pakistani Omelette – an eggy creation choc-a-bloc with onions, tomatoes, and green chilies with the occasional cilantro thrown in for good measure.

My younger self would consider me a  little lame, my older self knows that when I go out to eat in Toronto The Pakistani is hardly an egg menu staple. Here I am an Eggs Florentine kinda girl.

Anyway, with Mothers Day and all things brunch around the corner I began to have a hankering for those flavors, but I wanted a cleaner version – i.e less oil and certainly no paratha.

This riff on the classic French baked eggs hit the spot. It is both light and deliciously spicy at the same time. The fresh oregano although optional adds a savory note that rounds out the flavors of this dish. I highly recommend it, use dried oregano if fresh is unavailable.

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Adjust the green/red chilies to your liking, the best part about this dish is that it is infinitely customizable.

Pakistani Style Spicy Baked Eggs for Two

4 eggs
1 tomato, flesh scooped out, finely chopped
1 green onion, green parts finely chopped
1 tbsp minced white onion
1 finely diced green chili
1 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper
Milk
1 tsp butter plus more for greasing ramekins
Red chili flakes or Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Grease the ramekins and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Then combine ingredients 2 to 7 in a small bowl. Taste if you wish.

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Divide the chopped mixture between the ramekins. Dot the butter onto the chopped veggie mix. Then gently crack an egg into each ramekin, being careful not to break the yolk. Add another egg each in the same manner. Season lightly with salt.  Now put in a splash of milk, place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes until just set. Eat warm topped with finely diced cilantro or even some crushed chili flakes for added heat.

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You can always serve this with toast on the side, I enjoyed mine with these cauliflower feta fritters from Smitten Kitchen. IMG_3453

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    AG
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    WOW. sounds so yum! and fancy! Do you think it would still work if i whipped the eggs with the milk and then poured it in instead (frittata style). i am not big on whole yolks… 🙁

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    Gabriella
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    I love baked eggs but I’ve never tried them with fresh chillies.. I’ll have to give this a try next time. I love heat! They looks delicious

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thanks Gabriella! I am sure you could put an even more interesting spin on them!

  • Reply
    oceanviewkitchen
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    I making this tomorrow for breakfast! i think i have all the ingredients at home:) looks yummy!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Ooh please do! WordPress hasn’t been cooperating with me and I’m now away for the weekend. The recipe should say to sprinkle the egg w a little salt before baking. Happy eating!

  • Reply
    kitchenr jon
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    This is such an awesome looking dish! I am adding this to my breakfast options now. I love how simple it is, yet looks so impressive!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      Thanks so much! It is so easy – just use whatever you feel like!

  • Reply
    Garam chai ki pyalli
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    Looks delicious, will try it soon

  • Reply
    salma
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    That looks amazing! Do you think it could work with plain almond or coconut milk since it’s just a splash or do you think it would change the taste?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      I think coconut milk would actually make it yummier..!

  • Reply
    vaish
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    That is exactly how they make “Masala” omelette in India too 🙂 This would be prefect for a brunch. Yum!

    • Reply
      sarahjmir
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      thanks! Masala Omelette – definitely filing that away for my next brunch out!

    Penny for your thoughts?