Egg and Lentil Curry With Coconut and Pickled Lime

Recipe by Jean 7
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • Peel onion, cut it in half and into thin slices. Set aside.
  • Combine chili, garlic, lime pickle, ginger root and lime zest in prep bowl as follows: De-seed and finely chop the chili. Put in a prep bowl. Add peeled, chopped garlic, finely chopped lime pickle, finely grated ginger and lime zest. Add turmeric and fenugreek.
  • Shred creamed coconut with a sharp knife and placed in a heatproof 4 cup measuring jug. Cover with boiling water up to 1 pint (570 ml) Stir.
  • Heat frying pan over a medium heat. When hot, measure the whole spices (cardamom, cumin, fennel and coriander) into it. Dry roast spices for 2 - 3 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time to toss them around a bit. Don't roast too long. Remove from the heat and put into a mortar. Crush.
  • Heat same pan over medium high and add the oil. When hot, add the onions. Brown onions until fairly dark – about 4 minute Add chili etc. from prep bowl, ground roasted spices and coconut water mixture and lentils.
  • Cover and simmer as gently as possible for 45 minutes, stirring it now and then (don't add any salt at this stage).
  • While lentils are cooking, hard boil eggs. Cool under running cold water. When cool enough to handle, peel under the running water and slice in half.
  • When the sauce is ready, season it well with salt and add the lime juice.
  • Put the eggs on top of the sauce, and cook covered for a couple of minutes to heat eggs.
  • Serve the egg curry with rice, some more lime pickle and perhaps some mango chutney to add a touch of sweetness.