Egg and Soldiers is an English breakfast favourite. But if you struggle to boil eggs, or just can't be bothered, then why not try steaming an egg or two on top of a deliciously crisp Malabar (Kerala) paratha? Once it’s done, tear off pieces of paratha to form the “soldiers” and dip them in the runny egg yolk. Serve with typical English breakfast items, such as grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and sausages. Alternatively, serve with spicy coriander-mint chutney.
This recipe was inspired by the Frankie, a popular Indian street food in which a chapati is topped with a beaten egg, cooked through, and stuffed with spicy filling. Parathas don't roll up very well, but they nevertheless make a delicious base for a cooked egg. You can buy parathas ready cooked in most Indian shops in the UK; alternatively, you can use leftover parathas as long as they're reasonably intact.
1/2 to 1 teaspoon oil or ghee
1 Malabar paratha, cooked
Garam masala (optional)
1. Heat the oil or ghee in a non-stick, lidded frying pan over a low-medium flame. Gently place in paratha into the hot oil and fry for 1 minute or so, until the underside is crisp and golden.
3. Remove from the heat and season with salt, pepper and garam masala. Tear off strips of paratha and dip them in the runny yolk.
- Covering the pan in step 2 allows the steam to cook the egg white. If you leave it uncovered, the underside of the paratha may burn before the egg white is fully cooked.