In Kerala, this is a light meal often served with appam (Appam (Sourdough Rice Pancakes)) or idyiappam. It is also good with roti, tortillas, or rice. The optional ingredients are healthful and delicious, but it is still tasty without them. Curry leaves and sub-tropical spices (cloves, black cardamom, pepper) contribute the quintessential flavor of the Indian subtropics, but you can substitute other herbs for another flavor. Revision: Corrected the water, ingredients, and thickening instructions for making the gravy. This version is meant to have a semi-smooth consistency and whole eggs. These are similar examples: http://spices-corner.blogspot.com/2009/01/egg-masala-appam.html http://www.indiafoodrecipes.in/chettinad-egg-curry/
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- 4 eggs, hardboiled, shells removed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon skinless white Urad Dal (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced or 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
- 2 cups red onions or 2 medium onions, sliced into long thin strips
- 7 curry leaves (Alternatives ( 2 bay leaves, sage)
- 1 cup tomatoes or 1 large tomatoes or 2 roma tomatoes, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon egg masala or 1 teaspoon chicken masala or 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 whole cloves (optional)
- 2 black cardamom pods (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1Hardboiled eggs: Select the smallest heavy bottomed sauce pan you have that will hold your eggs in a single layer. Place the eggs in the saucepan. Add enough water so that there is an inch of water covering the eggs. Heat the water until it's just about to boil, then take the pot off the heat and cover it. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 25 minutes, then plunge them in cold water.
- 2Meanwhile, assemble the other ingredients, starting with the onions.
- 3To maximize healthful chemicals in onions: Remove the skin from the onions, discarding as little of the outer layers as possible. Cut the onion in half lengthwise (from end to end). Slice each half into long thin strips. The finer you slice, the quicker it will cook. Let sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking.
- 4Prepare garnish: Add 1 tsp oil to saucepan, then heat on medium-low.
- 5When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds. Toast until they crackle and pop. Set aside in a small bowl with other garnishes.
- 6Begin curry: Heat 1 tsp oil in saucepan on medium-low. Add the fenugreek seeds and dal. Cook until toasted.
- 7Once toasted, add ginger and curry leaves. Saute just until ginger is no longer raw and curry leaves are a little crisped.
- 8Add onion. Saute until translucent. Do not caramelize.
- 9Meanwhile, peel and score the hard boiled eggs. Using a paring knife, score incisions in the egg whites lengthwise all around creating 4 incisions. Incisions should be deep enough to allow spices in, but not so deep that the eggs will fall apart when cooking.
- 10Stir in the spices and salt.
- 11Add ~ 230-350 ml (8-12 oz) water. Bring to a low-simmer.
- 12Add the eggs. Poach (just below a simmer, 165-175*F) and stir gently until the gravy reduces to the desired consistency. (A little thicker for eating with roti or tortillas than appam or rice.).
- 13Garnish and serve.
- 14Variations for a smoother, creamier consistency: (a) Increase tomato or onion, according to taste and how much gravy you like. (b) Grate the onions before cooking, or grind in a food processor. (c) Puree the onions after cooking with an immersion blender. (d) Cut the eggs in half to expose more surface area to the sauce. (Warning: They will break up more easily). (e) Stir in 1/2 cup coconut milk a couple of minutes before garnishing. Heat but do not simmer. (f) Beat together 1 egg yolk and 1/2 cup coconut milk. A couple of minutes before garnishing, gradually stir 1 cup of the curry into this mixture. Stir the mixture into the curry. Heat but do not simmer.
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Nutritional Facts for Subtropical Egg Curry (Revised)
Serving Size: 1 (185 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 151.5
- Calories from Fat 78
- Total Fat 8.7 g
- Saturated Fat 4.6 g
- Cholesterol 186.0 mg
- Sodium 379.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 11.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
- Sugars 4.9 g
- Protein 8.0 g
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