15 Jul Egg and Potato Curry
Its long since I haven’t had egg curry. In my growing up years a succulent scrumptious egg curry would be an enjoyable ,delicious substitute to our chicken curry at home on weekends..Weekends would be best enjoyed with chicken or mutton dishes and on a particular sunday, if there is a shortage of the same, mom would replace it with a scrumptious egg curry.
For me ,eggs in any form over the years have began to warm up to my taste palate that it’s on my list of favorites. Just for the fear of cholesterol ,I tend to keep it away.And the boiled eggs are fried before they go into the curry which gives a different texture to the egg in itself..That’s a beauty in itself.Generally what you see even in the high end restaurants is a gravy with boiled eggs soaking in them.While the gravy is a rich luxurious one ,the eggs are just too normal in terms of being boiled and immersed into the gravy. There is no dressing done to the egg, rather its the gravy that has different renditions and not the egg. And while we all know that eggs as an element is not versatile unlike veggies or meat and fish, it does not take the taste of the gravy in it, rather it lends its taste to the gravy that accompanies them. Hence ,whatever gravy it may be, it is always the combination of the boiled eggs and the specific gravy that brings out an unique taste.
But my eggs in the curry are just not boiled, rather ,they are deep fried after boiling, that which is
magic and gives out that amazing , utterly delicious, crispiness to the egg and brings out a certain texture to the eggs which gets engulfed into the gravy so beautifully. This is how we were used to our egg gravy back home.Whatever gravy we choose, the eggs had to be fried in oil with a little salt and turmeric powder and making small slits across the eggs so that the salt percolates inside or we would even break them into halves and deep fry them before submerging them into the gravy. When the eggs are sliced into half and fried, it makes the outer part of the yolk also a bit hard and crisp which tastes really amazing. Also boiled or fried potatoes go along with the eggs into this gravy as well which itself is an unique combination.
Wait, let me tell you a bit about my profound love for eggs before I proceed to my curry..The hard boiled eggs have been an absolute favourite of mine, and am sure I will have friends here seconding on this..But u know, the boiled egg when its cold and hard really after a few hours achieves a different taste which is absolutely delicious..back home , boiled eggs would be sold in the streets besides the vegetable market or the local butcher shop.An old man perhaps , with his basket of boiled eggs, sliced into half ,smeared with red chilli, black peper, and salt would be displaying his creations under a dim candle light in a plate kept over a stool perhaps.Not sure how old those eggs were coz on eating them , they would be hard, and cold, yet an appealing , unusually delightful taste.And on a rainy day, an umbrella would adorn his head..And these sellers would be seen in the not so premium market places and often seen in the local area markets amongst the wailes, screams, of the sellers in the local markets selling chicken, mutton, veggies, whole sale groceries in certain muddy, dirty by lanes vying for supremacy amongst the buyers..And to have those boiled eggs there were generally not the norm..Mom would almost make a face and we were almost bared to have any street food there .mom assuring u s with great conviction that we would die with tb or cholera,lest we try those eggs..And esp , if you re travelling by car, then it really looks a little unpleasent or rather funny perhaps , to get out of your car and go to this seller selling eggs under a candles in one of the sidey by lanes..But bingo..while me and my cousins would accompany our moms to the markets, and wait endlessly ,cribbing about the market, bored with the surroundings, no mobile phones then to fiddle and spend time , this old man sitting in a dark corner with his wonderful display of eggs right next to the cage full of fluttering noisy hens, would excite me and catch my attention..They would be so inviting , that I would quickly get out, and buy them quickly so that no one sees, and sit inside the car and devour them before mom and my aunt returns and catches us ..Rinky and Pinky(she has an amazing blog of her own http://www.myworldfoodandtravel.com/ )still finds it funny, really that ,with the uber cool dressing and the luxurious travel by car ,I would ignore the surrounding and yet be excited to eat those eggs, sold in that bylane by these sellers sitting under a dim candle light with hoards of chiken fluttering near him in the cage …While they would scream out of surprsise and feel weird to get out of the car and walk to this seller, i would be devouring my eggs while these girls would be giggling and laughing out of sheer excitemet..That’s my love for eggs and our fun …Miss those dys though
Coming back to my egg curry, while like any chicken or mutton curry, the egg curry can have its renditions too..An onion tomato base, a curd onion -cashew cream based, the south indian version of cocoanut based gravy or just with tomato and potatoes gravy.. While i enjoy making all of them , the one that i made for my dinner over the weekend was a simple dish without much fanfare, but the results are worth an applause esp with the fried and crispy boiled eggs.Its easy, fast and super delicious.
Onions-2 small or 1 large
Tomato puree-3 tbsp(optional)
Almond- 7-8 soaked and peeled
Cinamon stick- 1 large
Coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
cumin powder-1 tsp
ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
green chillies-1 chopped
black pepper sauce(optional)- 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
red chilli powder-1/2 tsp
garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
kasuri methi powder-1 tsp
cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
tomato sauce-1 tbsp.
milk(optional)- 1/4th cup
boiled and fried potatoes- 1 cut into halves
- Boil the eggs and keep them side for a few minutes to cool. Now make small side slits on all sides and add some turmeric powder and salt and fry them in oil until the outer part of the eggs are brown and crispy. Remove them from the pan and keep them aside .
- Similarly boil the potato, slice into half and fry in oil with a little turmeric powder and salt and keep aside
- In another pan, add oil and add the onions and fry until brown.take off from the pan, and blend it in the mixer with curd and almonds .
- In the same pan, now add the cardamom, cinamon stick,bay leaves and cloves.Add the paste, and add ginger garlic paste.
- Fry and add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin and coriander powder.Add little water if you feel the paste is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the tomato puree and keep frying.Put in kasuri methi powder and black pepper sauce(for that tangy flavour).You could substitute with aamchur as well. Add tomato sauce and pour in water/milk if required.
- When the gravy starts boiling add the fried boiled eggs and the potatoes into the gravy, add garam masala powder and let it simmer.
- Once done garnish with coriander leaves and serve with your favorite dish or roties, breads.
This one is sure to captivate your taste buds ,additionally the protein of the eggs gives in those positive and essential nutrients to your body.And don’t forget, that perhaps this is the only egg curry, where there is a larger effort going into the preparation of the eggs and not the curry and is the highlighting factor of the dish. My eggs are the hero here and not the curry.The fried eggs with its crispiness submerging in the gravy brings out an unique taste which should be tried ..You cant afford to miss this one.