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Ask Meena: Methi Egg Curry

Every now and then I get emails from readers requesting me for a particular recipe. Some I’m quite familiar with and readily try and post about. Then are those requests of dishes that for the life of me, I had no idea even existed. I especially love these kinds of emails where I get a chance to learn about something new. And then there are a few emails wherein I’m asked to help plan a party, with a fully designed menu. Now, these are the emails that I especially enjoy! That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate lovely thank you notes I get from fabulous readers who’ve tried my recipes and taken the time to send me feedback.

Recipe for Methi Egg Curry taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

You all have a special place in my heart, so keep ’em coming, folks! And just in case you have this silly notion that I don’t value what you have to say since I haven’t responded to your email/comment, then please don’t think that way. All I can say is that it’s hard for me to juggle all the things I tend to do at the same time. Most times I have more on my plate than I can conveniently handle, due to which I have to miss out on responding to your lovely words. Now, getting back to those emails on menu planning, yes, I just love those! Part of the excitement must come from my obsessively compulsive behaviour to always host the perfect party, and the rest I sure derive itself from my need to entertain on a regular basis. Yes, as Hubby Dear has time and again stated, I have a disease. And the only way to live with it is to accept the fact that I need to have friends and family over on a regular basis who I can feed and smother with goodies from my kitchen.


One such request arrived a few days ago from a regular reader of mine. This young lady always has something smart to discuss on food, and I’ve always enjoyed the conversations that we cultivated through our web correspondence. So I was highly surprised to see this frantic email from her sitting in my inbox:

Dear Meena,

Me and my girlfriends get together every month for our Book Club Meeting. Each month, the selected host designs a meal inspired by the book we are currently reading. This month, the task of hosting the dinner has come on me. We have been reading Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss, and I’d really love to serve a simple meal of everyday Indian food that you would serve to family and friends on a regular basis. While I’m used to making the customary party food like Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka, this time I wanted to go for something more wholesome and comforting. I’ve promised the girls a meal they’ll remember forever and now I’m practically kicking myself for doing that. The meeting is in a week’s time, and I have no clue where to begin. HELP!

– Distressed over Dinner

Dear Distressed over Dinner,

I know sometimes cooking a simple meal for friends may seem appalling. No matter how hard we try, we always seem to go a bit overboard when entertaining our dearest friends. Maybe it’s the desire to impress them and keep them coming for more. Or maybe it’s our need to show a little flair and style that’s easily missed in our everyday meals. But that surely doesn’t mean that we have to torture ourselves over the stove, cooking a 3-course meal. Sometimes, the simplest food can also be the best and most appreciated. I’ve designed for you a menu which I think would simply floor your guests. Each dish is simple to prepare and a delight to eat. Trust me, lay all this out on the table and watch them lick their fingers. And I promise, the next time you host a party, they’ll surely want to be a part of it.

– Meena

The menu I’ve designed for this Book Club Meeting consists of some of the classic favourites of every Indian home. The preparation methods are simple, cooking times are quick, and most if not all of them can easily be done a few days ahead of time. I’d suggest leaving the rice for the very last minute to ensure a wonderful aroma to fill your home, but of course, you could always have it ready beforehand and re-heat in the microwave.

There you go DD, hope your friends will love this one! I would definitely go very light on appetizers, maybe just chips and dips, since you’ll want to save enough of space for the main meal. For dessert, I’d suggest a tub of traditional Indian ice cream called Kulfi, which can be easily picked up at any Indian grocery store, and from what I recently noticed, many of our regular ones as well.

Anyone else out there need help planning a fabulous Indo-inspired meal? Well then, what are you waiting for, drop me a line!

METHI ANDA CURRY
EGG CURRY WITH FENUGREEK LEAVES
Prep time: 20 min | Cooking time: 15 min | Serves: 4

4 large
1 medium-sized
1 large
1 cup
1-2
1 tbsp
2-3
3-4
3-4
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
2 tbsp
eggs, hard boiled and shelled
onion, finely chopped
tomato, chopped
fresh fenugreek leaves, chopped
green chillies, finely chopped
plain yogurt, beaten
cardamom pods
cloves
black peppercorns
cumin seeds
red chilli powder
turmeric powder
coriander powder
cumin powder
light cooking oil
salt, to taste
water, as needed

SAUTE cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves and black peppercorns in hot oil till they start to sizzle and pop. Add onions, and fry till lightly browned.

ADD in tomatoes, green chillies, fenugreek leaves, salt and spices, and cook till tomatoes pulp and starts to give out oil from the sides.

STIR in beaten yogurt and about a cup of water, and allow it to come to a boil. Slit boiled eggs halfway and add it to the gravy. Let simmer covered for a few minutes till eggs get infused with all the flavours.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Habeeb Siddique
    March 9, 2012

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    I was at point blank as to what should be cooked for dinner tonight. the weather being bad outside, i was not in a position to to get something. well what i had in stock just put me in line for the Anda-Methi curry. hope i get the guys asking for more tonight.

  • Reply
    sharda
    June 17, 2009

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple of times now, and a few other recipes from you, and my sons LOVE them. Thanks for adding to my repertoire, I’ve been telling all my American friends who cook to look at your site for good Indian recipes.

  • Reply
    Ki
    May 8, 2007

    5 stars
    Wow, what a neat combination. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Willow
    May 4, 2007

    5 stars
    I added your blog to my list of Food Blogs to visit well over a year ago, and I come back to visit once in a while to read your stories and I have even tried a recipe or two. I just have to say how wonderful the site looks and how happy I am that you have a column now and are catering! Wish I lived in Canada! Best of Luck in all your endeavours, and great job!

  • Reply
    MeltingWok
    April 29, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena, how about something sweet, something spicy with few basic spices? Malaysian Ayam Masak Merah (Red Cooked Chicken), I just posted this, and every time I and some girlfriends get together, we can’t have enough of it. By the way, I love menu planning too, sometimes we forget that simple dishes makes the wow factor 🙂

  • Reply
    Monika Korngut
    April 26, 2007

    5 stars
    I love stopping by your site, I always learn something new… I’m very new to cooking anything Indian. 🙂

  • Reply
    Ginger
    April 25, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi there! I have been enjoying your blog for a month or so. I am gluten intolerant and wonder if you might know of any traditional naan recipes that might not include wheat flour. I miss naan! Your photos always look so delicious! Thanks for posting your recipes. I am going to try one out this eve!
    Ginger

  • Reply
    Aarti
    April 24, 2007

    Hi Meena:

    This seems like a real keeper – delicious, simple to concoct, comfort food – definitely trying it this weekend!

    BTW – I notice that some of your recipes are missing from the archives – like vada pav – and even this one (more I think, but I can’t rmemeer which ones). Someone who has not been reading your blog since the begninning will miss out on some the most pleasing delicacies that you have on offer, and that would be SUCH a pity, so maybe you should look at updating your archives;-) Just a thought.

    Aarti.

    Hi Aarti, you should really try this recipe, the methi adds that extra depth of flavour to a simple egg curry. The reason you don’t see some of my earlier recipes is because I’m revamping those with more delicious looking photographs to entice your palate even more. Will definitely link to them once I update a few posts. thanks so much for visiting, and for your precious feedback! 🙂

  • Reply
    Vanishree
    April 24, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi, I like your blog very much. Happy Blogging 🙂

  • Reply
    Gourmet Bride
    April 23, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena, I made your Daliwali Curry Chicken last night and it was delish!!! I was going to make your cauliflower recipe too but didn’t have time so I just added it into the DCC instead it was wonderful! =)

  • Reply
    bee
    April 23, 2007

    5 stars
    what a great recipe, Meena. and your insights on menu planning are very useful indeed.

  • Reply
    simcooks
    April 22, 2007

    5 stars
    So sweet of you to help people with designing menus for events. I am sure these people will always be delighted with your recipes.

  • Reply
    kaush
    April 21, 2007

    5 stars
    Yum! Never tried egg curry w/ methi before…added to my list of “to cook”

  • Reply
    rashmi
    April 21, 2007

    Hi,

    What a wonderful and mouth watering recipe…..:-)…..Keep up the good work..I really enjoy reading your blog…

    Cheers,

    Rashmi.

  • Reply
    rashmi
    April 21, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi Again..One request ..Can you post some dry veggies recipes which i can take for lunch?….Thanks a lot.

    Rashmi.

  • Reply
    marlee
    April 21, 2007

    5 stars
    Dear DD, I can say that Dahiwalla Chicken is great!! I have cooked it often with success each time! All thanks to Meena! This menu looks good too! Do let us know how the meet goes 🙂

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    April 20, 2007

    5 stars
    Isn’t it wonderful when you can help someone… I am sure that DD is deeply appreciative. Please let us know (when she emails you again 🙂 ) what her book-club friends thought of the meal.

  • Reply
    Manjula
    April 20, 2007

    5 stars
    Your recipes and pictures have that special professional touch. Just love surfing your site. I tried your ginger chili prawns, it was so good. Planning to cook somemore from here.

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