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Egg Masala

If I told you that I whip up amazingly gourmet meals at the drop of a hat for my everyday dinners, that I’d have to be lying. Truth be told, I seldom ever cook something that would have me whisking away for hours on end. Except of course, when I have company coming! Now that’s a whole different story altogether. Even then, I’m not spending all those hours on one single dish, but instead, I’m actually going nuts fussing over a minimum of five main courses.

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

Yes, I get like that while entertaining. But the diligent licking of everyone’s fingertips and perplexed weight-watching souls worrying over whether to go in for seconds (thirds, actually) more than makes up for all the effort.


When it comes to feeding family, I like to go more easy on myself. It’s not that I don’t enjoy feeding loved ones with rich palate pleasing favourites, but I’d rather spend my time with them enjoying simple, yet equally delightful food made in minutes. A recent email from one of my readers posed a question I have been subjected to many a times. This compelled me to come all out talk about my regular at-home meals. She writes,

All your recipes appear as if they leaped out of glossy magazines. While many them are quite easy to follow, it’s hard to imagine myself cooking lavish meals every night. Do you really cook all these wonderful looking food on a daily basis?

Well, dear reader, all I can say is yes. Well almost. You see, most of my recipes, no matter how elegantly sounding, are actually very simple and wholesome; and ones that I turn to on a weekly basis. While it may seem daunting to someone not so in tune with Indian cuisine, it’s not at all that hard. Most dishes can be made in a matter of minutes, whereas others, that seem to call for bucketfuls of spices, may just take a tad bit more time. But yes, sometimes even an adventurous cook like myself, wants to take a break and reach out to the nearest pack of instant noodles. And it’s often in times like these that I faithfully turn to my repertoire of quick fixes. And these, I assure you dear reader, can be whipped up real quick. Literally in minutes!

EGG MASALA
Prep time: 10 min | Cooking time: 10 min | Serves: 2

2 large
1 medium
1 medium-sized
1-2
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
2 tbsp
eggs, hardboiled
onion, finely sliced
tomato, roughly chopped
green chillies, chopped
ginger-garlic paste
mustard seeds
red chilli powder
turmeric powder
coriander powder
light cooking oil
salt, to taste

HEAT oil and saute mustard seeds till it starts to pop. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds before adding onions. Cook till onions turn tender and pink.

ADD red chilli powder, turmeric and coriander powder, and fry for a few seconds before adding tomatoes. Season with salt, and add water if necessary. Add boiled eggs, sliced in half, and let cook for another two minutes till eggs evenly coat with the gravy.

SERVE warm with rice or rotis.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Afia
    March 24, 2010

    5 stars
    Hey!

    At what point do we add the green chilies?

    I wanted to let you know that I keep trying recipes from many different sources but the only ones to which my husband smacks his lips and says, “Too good!” are yours! Thanks for spreading the joy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dipti
    October 29, 2008

    5 stars
    Hi Meena,

    I have been reading your blog for quite sometime and I’m a fan! have prepared quite a few dishes from your site and they have always turned out nice and received compliments from my husband and guests. The beauty of your recipes are they are simple, easy to prepare, dont take hours and the spices are just right – not too overpowering, but enough to add flavor! And yeah..the end result is always great! So just want to say Thank You! Keep doing what your are doing..coz u happen to be rather awesome at it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Muneeba
    April 8, 2008

    5 stars
    Meena, I made your egg curry the other day ‘coz I was strapped for time and had a whining husband breathing down my neck! Worked out well; we both rather liked it more when we mashed the egg up and mixed it with the masala. I had even thrown in some red+green capsicums. Will be keeping this recipe, so loads of thks – was great the next morning for breakfast, all mashed up, and spread on toast!

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    EspritNoir
    April 6, 2007

    5 stars
    Tried out the egg curry last night. and it did turn out quite well…very simple recipie, and doesn’t take too much time to prepare, and cook. you have a great site going here, keep it up. hope you add more recipies on the site (which looks great by the way)…

  • Reply
    Christine
    February 15, 2007

    5 stars
    YUM!!! Will definitely give this a try.

  • Reply
    MeltingWok
    February 8, 2007

    5 stars
    simple spices, simple ingredients, but totally wholesome and flavorful, yayy !! yee haa, eggs and veges, yummys ! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thx for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Pamela
    February 5, 2007

    5 stars
    Love the look of your site!! That egg masala looks so delicious!

  • Reply
    Scott at Real Epicurean
    February 4, 2007

    5 stars
    I must just be lazy – I try and pick the easy dishes all the time (and then try to call it my “minimalistic style” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Christine
    February 1, 2007

    5 stars
    Yup – made this las night, and it was fabulous! The only adaptation I made was to add tomato sauce since hubby likes his curries on the “saucy” side (all the better to pick up with naan!). Thanks so much Meena, for everything on this blog – you make my meal ideas so much easier!

    • Reply
      Meena
      February 1, 2007

      I’m glad you both enjoyed this recipe, Christine! Another way of making a richer gravy would be to just add a bit of tomato paste and cook for a few minutes more till the tomatoes pulp well and thicken.

  • Reply
    meena kandlakuti
    February 1, 2007

    5 stars
    I prepared this and everybody just loves this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Trig
    February 1, 2007

    5 stars
    Having had some training at home and some from regional chefs to cook Indian food (or at least to dabble with one or two of the subcontinent’s many distinct cuisines), I think I understand why you received the reader’s comment above. Once you learn the basic principles, as with Chinese, Japanese and European cuisines, you know exactly where to start and it’s not hard. But if you’ve never cooked anything like that, it looks incredibly difficult. You and I don’t have to think twice about relative amounts of dhania and haldi – it comes automatically – but imagine being faced with them for the first time!

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    Rasa Malaysia
    February 1, 2007

    5 stars
    I looooove eggs…I just made some myself, an omelette. Your masala eggs look killer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Linda
    January 31, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena, the egg curry looks wonderful! And yes, the pic seems to leap from printed page. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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    tigerfish
    January 31, 2007

    5 stars
    Yes, simple and wholesome indeed. Looks like I can try this soon, as I just got my turmeric powder and coriander seeds recently. I just have to grind those seeds to powder, I suppose. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Christine
    January 31, 2007

    5 stars
    My own hubby dear has been telling me about egg curry for a while now, and he keeps promising to get me the recipe from his mom. I don’t think he will need to now, as yours looks amazing! Thanks Meena!!

  • Reply
    Mythili
    January 31, 2007

    5 stars
    Oh my! That looks D-I-V-I-N-E ! Great presentation, Meena.

    Cheers,
    Mythili

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