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Consuming the Ordinary Differently

We are egg-etarians

Eggs want to belong neither to the non-vegetarian nor the vegetarian category. They are a category in themselves. Some even call themselves egg-etarians and I’m one of them. A day without an apple or a huge cup of milk can be excused but without eggs our family just can’t do. Amma believes boiled eggs in the morning and fired eggs in the evening is the correct way to eat eggs. She simply ignores the people who say that we should have only one egg a day.

Every person will acknowledge the fact that at every stage of their life they had different relationships with eggs. Amma gave me only the white when I was a child. It took me four years to figure out that eggs had yellow in them. After that discovery, I developed hatred towards the white and decided that I’ll eat only the yolk for the rest of my life. This decision lasted until I had an omelette.

Eggs are rescuers. If you’re running out of vegetables — make scrambled eggs with pepper and salt to go with rice, chapathis and everything else. If you can’t find cough syrup, add an abundance of pepper to a soft boiled egg to warm your throats. If you’re running out of recipes, make egg curry. Add some cheese to your omelette and subside the cravings.

Idli, sambar, chutney is incomplete. Idli, sambar, mutta and chutney is the combo. People who’ve never tasted fried eggs along with South Indian breakfast must give it a try. Cook the eggs in coconut oil for the ones who think eggs stink and cook them in sesame oil if you’re having it with dosa.

My grandparents never understand why I order eggs in hotels. “You eat it all day and every day. Have something that you can’t have at home” my granny says. But eggs made in those huge black steaming tawa have a taste of their own and the white of their bull’s eye never seems to be jelly. While having parathas with country chicken, make sure to save a fried egg for the last bite. If your mouth is big enough, fold the egg delicately and let it collapse in your mouth. If not eat the white around and release the yellow in your mouth.

After coming to Bangalore, I joined a vegetarian hostel. They served a boiled egg on Sunday nights but I don’t eat boiled eggs at nights. They are meant to be eaten in the morning. So I wandered around the area and tasted all the omelettes and was upset to know that none of them used pepper but paprika in their omelettes. I settled on the cart wheel that was right opposite to the hostel and bought him Sakthi Pepper powder from home. Every day I had a complaint: less salt, more pepper, not fluffy, very oily, and so on. One day when he got fed up, he let me make my own omelette and was shocked to find me happy. So from then this egg-etarian also found her way to make fried eggs and omelettes whenever she wanted.

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  1. Taren 28th October 2021

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  2. Keerthana K 22nd November 2021

    Hiii firstly to say I’m not soo foodie to be honest I don’t even like to have food sometimes I do that because of my mom and she doesn’t even leave me out without having my food.
    And people do ask me y are you like this but honestly iself dono y am I like this .
    Yeaa but sometimes I also feel like having different food and taste many dishes
    I’m a kind of girl who eats nothing but wants everything.
    And my favorite food is rice rasam with papad this will b my all time favorite where ever I goo. This is not soo nutritious it’s like a water but I do like that only it doesn’t feels me boar how many times if I eat that also but if there is other samabar made in home I’ll be grumbling if my mom serve for two meals .
    I want it to be with all the sambars and at end a little rice and rasam where I feel my meal is completed but my mom doesn’t do that for me she is tired of preparing rice ragiball and sambar and start scolding me if I want her to do rasam where I’m a lazy girl who don’t afford to do it for myself.

    And the second is panner and roti ohh if tll this there is watering in my mouth this is the mandatory if I go for hotels all my cousin nd relative also know that this is the oly thing I order cause I’ll never try new dish or new variety I’ll always fix to it. They will be like u can try some other food right y always this but I’m very stubborn girl who do what I want if all the people shout screm do anything they want.
    And i don’t eat chicken from my childhood soo I don’t have a habit for that nd this is one thing which I eat forcefully because of my father but later once I went to kfc with my friends they forced me to have popcorn chicken I also tried a small piece and it tastes good after that I started eating kfc chicken regularly and chicken Pepper dry is my favorite which I make for myself and even my parents.
    Apart from kfc I’m Allergiec to other non veg foods packed from outside but recently visited orion mall and one of my friend suggested to have naga’s biryani I do no exactly weather it’s a Hyderabad or Andhra style but it’s the best biryani I evr tried and I lovedd it evey much and wanted to eat after cming back home .
    And after reading about egg which is given as example I felt like tasting it and I can give a try. And I even asked my father to bring nags biryani but he could not find it near our location and he is like every birayni is same I’ll bring it from other shop and I was like no everything isn’t same it has a different taste I won’t eat if it’s not nags biryani and finally there is no biryani for that dy is the sad part. And I dono even like tht kebab sometimes that to after the when it is fried in oil it’s birthday on fire that gives a different taste and everyone should try that it’s mostly coorg people do that I guess but it’s ok everyone can give a try it’s really taste good.
    Ok this is what I like as a non foodie and the foods which I want to eat usually.

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