Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
I like this recipe as it comes from the same area as Chettinad Chicken, it goes well with the chicken. If you enjoy cooking this is one for you.
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
- 3 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 inch fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 2 inches cinnamon sticks
- 8 ounces onions, chopped
- 8 ounces tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄2 lime, juice of
- Put the coriander, chilli, cumin seeds, turmeric, ginger and garlic into a blender with 2 tbsp water and blend to a paste.
- Heat the oil and fry the fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and cinnamon for 10 seconds.
- Add the onion, cook till just coloured and add the spice paste. Cook for 8 minutes.
- If the mixture sticks to the pan add a little water. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add 3 cups of warm water and salt to taste, simmer for 20 minutes till you have a smooth gravy.
- Add the coconut milk, bring to boil, reduce heat, add the lime juice stir well.
- Halve the eggs and put into the gravy, yolks uppermost.
- Serve with plain boiled rice and Chettinad Chicken curry.
i loved the flavour of this curry. however, there are some things that i would do different the next time i make it: i think i'd roast the cumin. also, i would puree the onions and tomatoes before adding them to the spices so i could have a smoother curry. i didn't have any limes so i used lemon instead. it didn't alter the taste for me - i really loved the curry and would use it again as a base - for koftas for example. thanks for the great recipe BrianH
Really enjoyed this. I didn't have fenugreek, so I put in a dash of curry powder. I would love to try it with the exact spice. The lime is VERY different, and overall, this is a fun recipe to make, and quite economical if you have all the stuff at home already. Thank you for this!
I will be using this sauce for the base of many other dishes as well. It was very easy to make, although I did blend it with an immersion blender to give it a smoother consistency.