April 20, 2011

Hard-boiled Egg Whites with Veggies — Mutta Thoran


With the Easter egg frenzy visible in every food magazine, I decided to try and share something new with this egg-ceptional food. Right in time for celebration.

Eggs are central to many cuisines and one of the most versatile of all ingredients in the kitchen, as it's used to bind, thicken or lighten a dish, as well as for glazing. Many recipes, sweet and savory, call for the extensive use of eggs—cakes, macaroons, cookies, custards, pancakes, waffles, fritters, French toast, soufflé, frittata—and it can be quite tricky for anyone following a vegan diet, or allergic to eggs, to avoid dishes prepared with this food.
The nutritional value is exceptional and the glory is that eggs can be cooked and served to suit your individual taste. Scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled or soft-boiled. Personally, I adore omelet. My family too. This is one guilty pleasure we indulge in a lot. Served with bread for breakfast, a side  dish for lunch, or rolled into pita bread or chapatti for a simple and hearty supper. Whatever the meal, I’m always happy to whip up the exquisite fluffy omelet. Perhaps because this takes me back to those times when my cooking skill was limited to the basic omelet recipe I prepared for Sunday breakfast, from freshly collected eggs  from the chicken in our courtyard. Like many children, my sibling and I loved to gorge on omelets and noodles for breakfast. Oh yeah...Oh yeah.

As a kid, I used to hate yolks. Unfortunately, not much has changed in this food habit since my salad days. In fact, despite the great nutritional profile of the yolk, my whole family shies away from eating the yolk when eggs are served fried or boiled. How peculiar, huh? Okay, let  me elaborate a bit to help you understand this behavior. The men in my family are fitness freaks—two of them even successful international models. Needless to say, with the focus on being fit, lean and muscular, they avoid the high cholesterol yolks and rely on the protein packed egg whites, that too oodles of them, to increase their muscle mass. Did you know that two egg whites equals protein of one regular egg, that too minus the fat or cholesterol? No wonder bodybuilders don’t care for egg yolks!
When I came across this new egg recipe in one of the old cookbooks by Mrs. K. M. Mathew (Malayalam edition), I was immediately inspired to try it. With out the yolks, of course. Just the way we like it.

Hard-boiled Egg Whites with Veggies — Mutta Thoran

Ingredients

2 cup egg whites, boiled and diced (I used around 7 eggs)
1 cup veggies (carrot, beans and cabbage), chopped
1 teaspoon split black lentils (urad dal)
¼ cup onion, quartered and finely sliced
½ teaspoon ginger, shredded
2 small green chilies, sliced
10 curry leaves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
½ teaspoon kashmiri chili powder (optional)
1 ½ tablespoon oil
salt, to taste


Directions

To boil eggs, place them in a saucepan, cover with cold water by an inch and simmer over medium heat for about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and then soak in cold water for 2 minutes to stop cooking. Peel, cut into half, and separate whites from yolks. Now cut the egg white into small cubes; set aside.  

Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or nonstick pan, over medium-low heat. Add mustard seeds and cook until they crackle, about 30 seconds, then add lentils and toss well for 15 seconds. Stir in onion, curry leaves, chili and ginger and cook until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Tip in the veggies with salt and chili powder, if using, and cook on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes until tender, but still has some bite. Now add the egg and gently toss everything together for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Enjoy the egg and the beauty of the season until I see you next time.

Wish you all a Happy Easter, if you celebrate that holiday.

57 comments:

  1. Something different & resembles panner thoran..Quite interesting & kids friendly recipe

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  2. Looks absolutely delicious...looks more like paneer to me

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  3. Looks delicious!!! Healthy too :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  4. That was a real good write up... I so love egg yolks, but :(
    International models wow... no wonder, u r all very consious...
    whatever, this dish is a new idea to me and the pics as usual areeeeeeeeeee ffffffffabuloussss
    I will surely try this soon

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  5. That's one good and filling combo..looks divine!

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  6. yummy clicks dear.soooo tempting.

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  7. different idea looks yummy. just confirm r u receivg my updates

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  8. Sara, Sharmilee, Parthima, Sojo, Suman, Tina, Enteruchilokam and Krithi: thanks so much for the support and smiles. You girls are simply the best!!

    Sojo, thanks for the generous note! If you love yolks then why worry..?

    @Enteruchilokam: Nope, I don't see your updates in my dashboard reading list..!

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  9. Ithu kidillan...looks very delicious...nice clicks...

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  10. Fabulous recipe and fabulous presentation!!! I guess saying nice shots would be an understatement ;)

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  11. This is something unique, adipoli mutta thoran dear..

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  12. thats a healthy dish!...with only egg whites and veggies, too good and delicious!
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  13. Mouthwatering here, mutta thoran looks simply fabulous and delicious..

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  14. wow.. amazing clicks.. eggs were never this pretty :D.. feels like swallowing the full bowl
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  15. Looks delicious and healthy too...

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  16. Beautiful pictures. Bright and lovely :) makes me drool :)

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  17. I too have that cookbook and i had been planning to try this thoran sometime :) Loved your clicks and presentation..

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  18. Looks delicious and sounds new....nice pics

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  19. The Mutta thoran look so delicious.My daughter hates the egg yolk and wouldn't eat it.This look like a wonderful dish of her hearts choice.

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  20. The color is so appetizing- I can bet on the awesome taste as well!
    US Masala

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  21. wow i had no idea about all those things about egg..needless to say im not a big fan of the yolk any way:)

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  22. awesome clicks and...yata yata ;P

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  23. perfect for breakfast..

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  24. This is great Nash. I never had egg thoran like this. You know what I am also like you, I wont eat egg yolk because of the smell..:) I am a big omlet fan. Pics are amazing. Nash you rock.

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  25. Looks so delicious ! Lovely picture

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  27. I couldn't belive at first that you chopped the eggs so shapely . Amazing looking dish for egg lovers like me. Eye catching pictures.
    Thanks for dropping by my page and for the encouraging words.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  28. What a wonderful recipe! I have never seen egg whites prepared this way. It sounds delicious and healthy. As a kid I did like the egg yolks, but now that I am older, I am not a big fan of just the yolks, together with the whites okay but alone no, not sure why:)

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  29. Wowowowo , the pics are just awesome and the eggs look delish , and thanks for checking out my blog and for the lovely comment , gotta go now but will be back , have a wonderful weekend :)

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  30. yummy combination looks delicious

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  31. To this day, I won't egg yolks. I don't want to now because of the cholesterol and fat....
    The dish looks delicious...

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  32. Yes, me too avoid yolks for their fat content. I make similar recipe without vegetables and take it to college in my lunch box. Your version is absolutely right' with vegetables, I will try them real soon.

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  33. Looks so tempting. I love all the flavors and your pics makes me so hungry :)

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  34. Thats an awesome twist dearie!!!! gotta try this..bookmarked!!!

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  35. that is a protein power packed dish! Love that you only used th whites and left out the yolks! You are all the better for hating yolks - all the fat and cholesterol are from them!!! Good on you and a wonderfully interesting recipe...:)

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  36. Looks yummy yummy ... I love eggs in any form normally I cooked them with gravy but try it tomorrow... Thanks for sharing...
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  37. awesome clicks as usual and an irresistable recipe.........

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  38. Wow wonderful and mouth-watering recipe,looks so tempting.

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  39. Delicious looking Mutta Thoran... I could eat that with some Pulisseri and rice:)

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  40. Hey Nashi! Have never tried this kinda dish before... but looks pretty simple and smashing!
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  41. Unique recipe..sounds delicious..

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  42. ooh lovely egg salad!

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  43. nice recipe and congrats on winning the Healing Food- Mango Event !

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  45. Wow...that's yet another tempting new recipe with eggs to me...looks yum....love those bright pictures....Congrats on winning Healing Foods event....

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  46. Oh my goodness, girls, you are all too, too sweet. Thanks!

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  47. aww thank you so much for those sweet words:)
    that 1st pic just blew my mind..soo pretty.
    I am so sure i will not have a successful macaroon experience since ive heard all those stories about finding feet and things like that..i love 2 eat them though:)

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  48. Thats a Wonderful Treat.. Such a new recipe.. will sure try !

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  49. Nisha! Your note really made me smile, thanks! Hey don't be intimidated by the macarons, I'm sure you'll get it right without much trouble. And it's well worth the efforts, you know.

    Jabeen, hope you enjoy it if you make it!

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  50. Looks so delicious and they have come out so perfect!....loved the colour and click is also so beautiful:)

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  51. Nisha, thank you sweetness, for the encouragement! Hey I'm sure you'll be able to pull off the macrons beautifully without much trouble....and as you know, it's well worth the efforts!

    Jabeen, do let me know how it came if you happen to make it. Thanks!

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  52. A great dish! That combination looks and sounds so mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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