Breakfast remains the most important meal in my life. It’s a habit my parents instilled in me. Breakfast was done with religious punctuality and accuracy at our place. Week day breakfasts were always pretty boring with fried or boiled eggs, toasted bread and orange marmalade. But weekends were special, and I always woke up to the amazing smell of hot parathas or pooris, cumin spiced potatoes and sizzling omelettes on Sunday mornings.

Breakfast still has a special place in my life. Weekend or not, I try to create variety to keep the kids interested. We all love eggs at our place and there are a number of ways we eat eggs for breakfast; from spicy baked eggs with cheddar to shakshouka. This Afghan breakfast, Tukhum banjan, o scrambled eggs with tomatoes is my most favourite way of eating eggs as it gets done quickly and delivers a big flavour.

Afghani cuisine in general is one of my most favourite of cuisines because it’s hearty and no frills food that uses few ingredients but doesn’t compromise on taste. Borani Banjan ,Bolani Bread ,Kabuli Pulao , Afghan food means a complete satisfactory culinary experience for me.

Some people don’t add onions and bell pepper to these scrambled eggs, some make a smooth puree of tomatoes and some like to keep them chunky. You can also keep the eggs whole in masala and not scramble them up. Traditionally these are served with naan like flatbread and milk based tea.


1 medium onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 green chilli pepper
1 red bell pepper(optional)
4 eggs
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil
Fresh mint or coriander

This Is What You Do:

Add onions, tomatoes, garlic and green chilli pepper to a blender and make a chunky puree. Add to the oil and fry till liquid is reduced. OR you can fry them straight away in the oil till the tomatoes are soft and onions translucent.

Add red bell pepper if using any, season with salt and pepper.

Break the eggs into the pan. Stir them softly into the tomato mix till they look like scrambled eggs. Cook till the eggs are done but still soft. Don’t overcook to make the eggs rubbery.

Stir in chopped coriander.

Serve hot with naan bread and sheer chai (Milky tea).

Serves 2

4 Replies to “Tukhum-Bonjan, Afghan Breakfast”

    1. Thank you for stopping by the blog, dear Indrani ๐Ÿ˜Š Next time I’ll make this with your afghani bread. I’m sure it will be a great pairing ๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. Wah, what a colourful breakfast platter…!
    cannot stop drooling as the way recipe has been discribed๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹.love the eye catching presentation dear maria.๐Ÿ˜

    1. Niloofa, it’s seems a bit like our Pakistani masala omelette but the taste is very different because we cook the masala for this one first and then stir in eggs. My family loves it. Do try and tell me how you like it ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thank you for appreciating the post my friend ๐Ÿ˜Š

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