It’s legendary really; the Parsi love for eggs and its appearance in our daily meals.
And here’s how we do it…
Take any vegetable like okra, potatoes, gourd , beans or just about anything that catches your fancy (even minced meat works well) and prepare it the Parsi way with aromatics, spices and flavorings. This is called ‘the base’.
Then top the prepared base with a generous layer of well-beaten seasoned eggs or a whole egg sunny-side up, and cook them covered till they set; sometimes I like to pop the pan into the oven for a golden crust over the eggs.
Voila, this egg frittata-like one pan meal, served with crusty bread, is a mouthwatering weeknight or Sunday brunch staple in every Parsi household, in any part of the world.
True to my childhood meals and Parsi roots, these omnipresent ‘egg preparations’ continue to be a mainstay at our home, sneaked in as ‘akuri’-a scrambled egg treat for brunch or ‘papeta per endu’– a potato frittata for dinner.
Today’s recipe is one of my favorites and a classic Parsi egg treat, ‘tamota per endu’ meaning eggs on a tomato mixture. I was thrilled to see Allison from Spontaneous Tomato experiment with this dish a while back, check it out here.
The flavors of this Parsi-style tomato preparation are like no other, and can only be described as spicy, sweet and tangy, lending themselves amazingly well to a topping of seasoned fluffy well-beaten eggs.
But wait, we’ve given it one small delicious twist with an amazing outcome… we’ve layered the Parsi tomato base and fluffy eggs onto a crisp pie crust.
Whether it’s served as a weekend brunch treat or a weeknight dinner, one thing is for certain; when baked with a sprinkling of cheese, this hot-out-of-the-oven Parsi special, Tangy Spiced Tomato Egg Tart will have everyone fighting for seconds…
Parsi Tangy Spiced Tomato Egg Tart
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