My household likes eggs in any form: scrambled, boiled, omelette.. You name it. We love the curried version: jhatpat egg curry, tangy egg curry, egg chilli.
At times, I make the Curry with the Mangalorean style sauce which I usually reserve for fish or chicken as I often feel that I don't have to labor that hard to cook eggs. Today was one of those days when I craved for the Mangalorean style sauce. Traditionally this is made with freshly grated coconut. I have made this using coconut milk. You can use whichever method is convenient for you based on availability of ingredients.
Servings : 4-6
Prep time: 15-20 minsCook time: 15-20 minsTotal time: 30-40 mins
Ingredients:Boiled eggs: 6
Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
Cumin seeds ( jeers): 1 tsp
Red chillies: 4-6 medium
Methi seeds( fenugreek): 4-6 seeds
Black pepper corns: 1/2 tsp
Tamarind: marble sized ( if using tamarind concentrate, use 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Onion: 2 medium-sized, chopped
Garlic: 3-4 cloves
Coconut oil: 1/4 tsp + 1 tbsp ( any cooking oil may be used).
Tomato: 1 medium, chopped
Green chillies: 3-4, slit
Ginger: 1 inch, minced
Curry leaves : 1 sprig ( optional)
Coconut milk: 1 cup
Salt to taste.
In a sauce pan or sauté pan, heat 1/4 tsp oil. In this roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, black pepper & red chillies one after the other. Keep aside in a bowl to cool down.
Once cooled down, grind the above roasted items with tamarind, turmeric powder, 1 chopped onion and garlic. Add just enough water to grind it into a smooth paste.
In the same saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add the other half of the chopped onions. Sauté until it is transparent. Add the minced ginger, curry leaves , chopped tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes have softened. Add the ground masala, coconut milk, salt and bring it to a gentle boil.
While the sauce it boiling, peel the eggs and slice it into 2 halves and keep ready.
Add the sliced eggs gently to the boiling sauce. Continue to summer for a minute or two.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves if you wish. I didn't have any so I haven't used any.
Serve hot with rice/ bread/roti.
Cooking made easy:
If you want perfect hard-boiled eggs here is an easy way to do it.
In a pot bring water to a boil and gently drop in the eggs. Let it continue to boil for 10 mins. Turn off the stove and cover the pot and keep it for another 10 mins. Drain the water. Perfect hard-boiled eggs are yours to enjoy!
Tip for healthy living:
Try to limit your egg consumption to maximum of 2 a day! Even though eggs have many nutritional benefits eating too many eggs can increase your cholesterol levels!
Food for thought:
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