Recipe: Indian Egg Curry

Indian egg curry. Photo: Nashi Dasgupta

This is a traditional Indian egg curry recipe which is popular in north India especially in the West Bengal region.

It is a spicy tangy curry eaten with rice or roti wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boiled Eggs
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Salt according to your taste
  • 5-7 cumin seeds
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tiny cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger and garlic paste
  • half teaspoon chili powder
  • half teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • half teaspoon garam masala (This is a powdered mixture of all whole spices)
  • 2 tomato chopped or half can of tomato puree
  • 2 chopped onions

Procedure: Add the oil in a nonstick pan.

After the pan is heated, add the whole spices (cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick) and let it start roasting with a flickering noise and aroma, then add the chopped onions and mix well at a low-medium heat.

Let the onion brown, then add the ginger-garlic paste with the powdered spices (chili, cumin, coriander, and turmeric) and mix well.You will start getting a nice aroma.

Once the onion and spices are mixed well together, now add the chopped tomatoes or the puree and let it cook.

Do not add water, because tomato separates a bit of water on its own. You can add salt so that tomato cooks faster.

After 5-7 minutes keep stirring, once the onion-tomato mix is nice red-brown in color, add garam masala powder and the boiled eggs. You can now add some water if you want a nice curry.

Let it boil for 5-6 minutes more, once you start seeing the oil separating on the top, turn off the gas.

Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice or roti wraps.

Tip: If you don’t like spicy, you can add a cup of coconut milk to the curry which will give it a nice sweet flavour.

If you want you can separately fry the boiled eggs and add it in your curry by simply adding a teaspoon of oil, a pinch of turmeric powder and chili powder in a pan, add the boiled eggs and start mixing to give it a fried layer.

Nashi Dasgupta