Indonesian Marbled Hard Boiled Eggs or Telur Pindang

Total Time
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 0 mins

Impress your friends with these beautiful spiced hard boiled eggs! Feel free to change or substitute ingredients depending on what is available, and on desired intensity of color. With food coloring this should work as well, but I did not try it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 guava, leaves (if available)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated or 2 tablespoons lemongrass, chopped
  • 2 red onions, only red peel of (optional for more reddish color)
  • 12 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 12 teaspoon coriander, ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground (optional)
  • 3 black tea bags


  1. Wash your eggs!
  2. Combine all ingredients (without black tea bags) in a saucepan.
  3. Bring slowly to a boil with enogh water to cover them.
  4. After 10 minutes lift the eggs out and place in cold water.
  5. When eggs are cool enough to handle, gently crack the shells with the back of a spoon until the entire shell is a network of cracks, do not peel!
  6. Return eggs in the pot; add teabags.
  7. Continue to boil until almost all the water has evaporated and eggs are dark brown. This step takes about 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally during cooking time!
  8. Peel eggs and, if possible, serve with Indonesian dishes.
Most Helpful

Very impressive! Oh these are so fun to make and turn out so nicely! Worried for nothing about what they would taste like or if the family would like them as they gobbled them right up. And to my delight the eggs were nice and tender; the long low simmer did Not overcook them. I did work with what we had on hand using salt, bay leaves, fresh ginger, cumin, coriander seeds and turmeric, would love to try with some red onion as I think the red would be quite pretty. Did not use guava leaves as I have never seen them here even in the specialty stores. You know I will be making these again. Thanks so much for the post.

Debbwl August 20, 2011

I just had to try this recipe!
I don't know why but I just had to give this recipe a go, and I am so glad I did!!!! These eggs look so fantastic!
I made as written ohhhh...except for the guava leaf, I did not have any, but followed everything else as written.
They turned out so amazing, much to my suprise, and taste wonderful. I served with salad & your Micronesian Coconut Chicken Curry recipe.
They looked so spectacular on the plate with the salad.
Thanks awalde, such a wonderful yet different recipe.

Tisme January 08, 2012

These were fantastic! I was worried they wouldn't turn out, but they were perfect! I used the lemongrass instead of ginger, and I used the red onion peel. I didn't use the guava leaves as they are unavailable here. The kids were very impressed with them, and want me to make them again with food dye tomorrow! My sister suggested the food dye ones would look great in summer salads. Thankyou for sharing this fantastic recipe! [Made for PRMR]

Sara 76 September 08, 2011