What arrived first: egg or chicken? The age-old argument still rages on and is bound to continue for years to come. But there are no doubts, whatsoever, over their taste; both are mouthwatering.
When hunger pangs strike, the obvious choice for a Malayali could be an omelette anointed with sliced onions and chopped green or red chillies. And while visiting a wayside eatery in Kerala, which always emanates a heady aroma of freshly cooked food, the first question could be 'single' or 'double,' meaning the omelette should be made of one egg or two eggs?
There are a plethora of eclectic egg recipes that can tickle any gourmet’s palate.
Do we have an inside-out knowledge about eggs? Does a Malayali knows anything beyond the fringes of an omelette, made of chicken or duck eggs?
Forget about the egg-driven menu, there are many doubts over the egg. Are Chinese eggs a reality or myth? How to stock eggs? And are eggs good or bad for cholesterol? The questions are too many.
To start with, egg is rich in protein, and the yolk is a storehouse of Vitamin D. Eggs comes in different shapes and taste on the platter – scrambled, poached, scotch, nargisi kofta, mayonnaise sauce, and much more.
Omelette curry, a unique preparation, is a sought-after delicacy in certain parts of Malabar and the neighbouring Sri Lanka. The piquant 'mutta mala,' which is usually eaten to break the religious fast in the Malabar region, is also relished by many.
Egg masala curry is a delectable dish for those who have left Kerala shores for work or study. A handsome plate of this curry could be made in five minutes flat. Sweat some chopped onions and tomatoes in a frying pan for a while and crack in an egg, and the egg masala curry is ready.
An omelette made of organic egg, onion, red chilli, curry leaves, salt, and grated coconut can only stand apart in taste. Duck eggs and quail eggs could be used to make this delicious omelette.
Steam the egg
There are some simple hacks to peel a hard-boiled egg. Put some salt and green tops of spring onions while boiling egg in water. Another option is to steam cook the egg, using an idli maker, for at least 12 minutes.
Impressive egg cocktail
Egg white is an ingredient in many cocktails. The humble egg could be served as a beverage as well. Boiled egg with pepper powder is one of the most popular 'touchings.'
American Howard Helmer, who made a mind boggling 427 double omelettes in 30 minutes, is the world’s fastest omelette maker according to the Guinness Book of Records. He achieved this feat thrice, and the record is still unbroken!
Eggs of different hues
Eggs comes in many colours and the fanciest egg is the one laid by Tinamou, a mountain hen. These eggs have a bright blue shell and at times the shell could be violet in colour. Some chicken eggs have a brownish tinge, and there is high demand for eggs with dark brown shells. The eggs laid by Rose Island Red and Plymouth Rock chickens, too, have brown shells.