It is not easy to advertise street food. There is no cash from big investors here; more often than not, these salespeople have to rely on word of mouth. But there are some who find ingenious ways to market their dishes, one way is to give your dish such a unique name that people can’t just ignore and walk away. If you think about it, the trick isn’t new. Did you know that many dishes with the prefix “Mughlai” in Bengal may in fact have no “Mughal connection”, many historians believe it was just a way to attract more customers? Then there is a ‘Thaggu Ke Ladoo’ who proudly “cheats” on their clients for years (you can read the hilarious story here). ‘Gadbad Falooda’, ‘Benami Kheer’, ‘Daulat Ki Chaat’, there are so many examples around us. One of these street foods is “Anda Ghotala”. “Ghotala” in Hindi refers to a scam or some sort of disorder. The flaming dish is said to have gained prominence in Surat. It slowly made its way to Mumbai again became a sensation. Anda Ghotala is basically pieces of eggs mixed in bhaji (pav bhaji), finished with a fried egg. So the real “ghotala” here is just an addition of egg, and guess what? It is the most delicious “scam” of all time. The egg gives this recipe a healthy quality and adds volume. It’s so easy to do, that you would do it over and over again.
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Here is the recipe for anda ghotala:
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
8 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 green peppers, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of haldi
2 teaspoons of ground red pepper
1 teaspoon of jeera powder
1 ½ tbsp. pav bhaji masala
4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
4 whole eggs
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1. Take a saucepan and heat the butter.
2. When the butter begins to melt, add the cumin seeds. Let it sizzle.
3. Add the garlic and sauté for a few seconds.
4. Now add the onions and green peppers. Cook over medium heat until the onions turn a nice golden color. Stir occasionally.
5. Once the onions are cooked, add the salt, red pepper powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Stir.
6. Then add the crushed tomatoes, add a little water. Cover the lid and let the tomatoes cook and become a little mushy.
5. After about 5 minutes, uncover the cover. Take a potato masher and mash the onions and tomatoes. And then add pav bhaji masala.
6. Break two eggs into a bowl, add them to the tawa. Over medium heat, start to scramble it with the onion-tomato masala.
7. Now add the hard-boiled eggs to the mixture and mix well.
8. Now prepare 2-3 fried dishes or fried eggs in another pan and serve them on your anda ghotala with a few butter steaks on the side.
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong fondness for food, Sushmita enjoys everything that is good, cheesy, and fatty. His other favorite pastime activities other than chatting about food include reading, watching movies, and frenzied TV shows.