“Fried eggs atop chilli cheese on toast is a favourite of the well-to-do Willingdon Club, the first such Bombay institution to admit Indians. It is reputedly named after the member (not to be confused with the Indian politician Arvind Kejriwal) who, not allowed by his wife to eat eggs at home, kept asking for the dish in his club,” so explains the new Dishoom restaurant cookbook.

“The most convenient way of finishing the eggs here is to use a frying pan that can go into the oven. If you don’t have one, fry the eggs until cooked in the pan, then top with the cheese, spring onions, chilli and pepper. The cheese won’t melt quite as much, but it will still be delicious. If your frying pan is reliably non-stick you should need little or no oil.”

kejriwal from Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir (Bloomsbury, £26) (Bloomsbury/Jon Cattam/PA)
Fried eggs on chilli cheese toast (Bloomsbury/Jon Cattam/PA)
kejriwal from Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir (Bloomsbury, £26) (Bloomsbury/Jon Cattam/PA)
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Nutrition Facts
Kejriwal – fried eggs on chilli cheese toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 411mg137%
Sodium 1021mg44%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1516IU30%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 773mg77%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kejriwal – fried eggs on chilli cheese toast

Perfect for a fiery weekend brunch
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1
Calories: 635kcal
Author: Dishoom


  • Baking tray
  • Cup or small bowl
  • Frying pan


  • 80 g mature Cheddar grated
  • 2 thick slices of white bloomer or sourdough or brioche (depending on size and level of hunger)
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 1 green chilli very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil (optional)
  • 2 large eggs (one per slice of toast)
  • coarsely ground black pepper

To serve

  • tomato ketchup


  • Let the grated cheese come up to room temperature; it needs to be quite soft and workable.
  • Heat the oven to 240°C/Fan 220°C/Gas 9. Place a baking tray inside to warm up.
  • Toast the bread until very lightly browned on both sides. Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the topping.
  • Put a small handful of the grated cheese (roughly 10g), one teaspoon chopped spring onion and a pinch of green chilli to one side, to be used when you fry the egg(s).
  • Crack the egg(s) into a cup or small bowl, being careful to keep the yolk(s) intact.
  • Put the remaining cheese, spring onions and green chilli into a bowl, add plenty of black pepper and mix well. Using the back of a spoon (or your fingers), work the cheese mixture into a paste by pressing it firmly into the side of the bowl.
  • Spread the cheese mix evenly over the toast and press it in, using the back of the spoon, to create a firm, even layer that goes all the way to the edges of the toast. Place on the tray in the oven and cook for six to eight minutes, until deep golden and bubbling.
  • While the chilli cheese toast is cooking, warm a frying pan over a high heat and, if using, add the oil. Gently tip the egg(s) into the hot pan and add some black pepper. Top with the reserved grated cheese, spring onion and green chilli. Place the frying pan in the oven and cook for two minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the egg white(s) are cooked but the yolk(s) are still runny.
  • Carefully slide the egg(s) onto the cheese on toast and serve right away, with plenty of tomato ketchup.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 411mg | Sodium: 1021mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1516IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 773mg | Iron: 4mg

Dishoom: From Bombay With Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir, photography by Haarala Hamilton. Author photograph by Jon Cottam. Published by Bloomsbury.

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