Orthodox Indian families often don’t consume egg or meat. Yet the longer one spends time in hostel or as a new recruit away from family, the more is the chances that the person would be eating egg regularly. Why is the egg a bachelor’s best friend?
1. It is almost fool proof. In whatever form that you want to consume, it is very difficult to get the recipe wrong. Even when you are tired and half asleep. A friend of mine over-boiled the egg, just to prove the point.
2. It has a long shelf life & even after it goes bad, unlike vegetables/meats it does not stink till the shell is not broken.
3. It can be boiled, scrambled, fried, made into pancake/omelette. It can be the main dish of your meal, a side dish or used as garnishing the food. In whatever form you consume it enhances the taste.
4. You can eat it warm or cold, it does not matter. If you have oil, onion, tomato, chilli or bread, Great! If you don’t have it, it does not matter. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a midnight snack.
5. Even though it is a ready to eat meal (takes <5 minutes to cook), it has none of the preservatives or ills of processed food. It is a rich source of proteins, vitamins, minerals & energy.
6. Weather you boil it in water or cook it over in a pan, it does not need too many utensils or cleaning
7. Last, but the best part, even in cooking places with questionable hygiene (most bachelors don’t have a workable kitchen or sinks that is not overloaded with dirty dishes) it still manages to remain wholesome.
From the earlier post on half fried egg, some might think that cooking is not layman. But egg seems to defy all logic.