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Warm up your winter with boiled eggs.

Byline: Shazia Hasan

KARACHI -- Without getting into the debate of what came first, the chicken or the egg, let's just agree to the fact that both taste really good and both can be cooked in several ways.

The easiest way to cook an egg is by boiling it. These days, it being winter, you find many pushcart vendors selling warm hard-boiled eggs, which are as much in demand as chicken broth or chicken corn soup.

Jamshaid Khan in Liaquatabad No. 10 sells one hard-boiled egg for Rs15. He serves it sliced or cut into half or as many pieces a customer may like on a plastic saucer and sprinkled with salt, pepper and his secret ingredient 'zeera powder'. He says that it is what gives the eggs more flavour.

Peeling boiled eggs is also an art. / Photos by Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

Peeling boiled eggs is also an art. / Photos by Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

'It is what you usually forget to sprinkle on your cooked eggs at home. And it is why you wonder why yours don't taste like the ones we serve,' he laughs, not realising that his boasting has also given away the secret ingredient!

Jamshaid has a pot full of hard-boiled eggs that he keeps peeled and ready to serve.

'There are some who boil the eggs in tea water to give the shells a beige stain,' he says. 'They do this to fool the customers into thinking that these are desi eggs and charge them more for it,' he adds. 'For this purpose alone they also peel them in front of them,' he smiles.

It is said that a hard-boiled egg tastes best when done right. Some put it in cool water and bring it to boil with the water to let it simmer in it for another five minutes or so.

Some like to put the eggs in the water after bringing it to boil. But whatever way you cook your hard-boiled eggs it shouldn't have any effect on their nutritional value.

Nutritionists say that ideally 10 to 35 per cent of a person's diet should contain protein, and hard-boiled eggs, a quick and healthy snack, are a good source of that.

Proteins are known to build muscle mass and repair tissues in your body.

They are also known to carry good fats that keep the heart healthy while providing essential vitamins including vitamins A and D. Vitamin A gives you good eyesight and Vitamin D is responsible for strong bones and teeth.

So do take your hard-boiled eggs seriously, along with those vendors who are out and about on the streets this season to provide you with this great source of health on the way.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 17, 2017
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