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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Spiced Egg curry

Today is 11.11.11 and I had to write a post on this date - just to have a post with this date posted on my blog!!See how I'm caught in all the hype and hoopla!
Just the other day, I was reading a very amusing post about eggs. I should have bookmarked it for getting back to later on,but unfortunately I forgot!So forgive my clumsiness  - the gist of the whole matter was that, there is nothing more useful on the face of the earth than eggs. You use eggs for baking(lots of them actually), you use them to perk up the taste of your fish and chicken fries and cutlets, you curry them or you simple poach them or boil them and gulp!!
The Husband is so very fond of eggs that he won't hesitate to ask for a quick Omlette even if the meal has more dishes that one can eat and digest!To him, eggs can be everything, starting right from being appetizers to desserts!I don't say I disagree - but what irks me is the invisible hand I extend to all those evil cholesterol levels swirling inside our bodies, every time I serve an egg. Till sometime back, I believed that the yolks are to be blamed for high cholesterol levels and should be shunned, while the whites cause no harm and can be taken to the heart's fill.That really put me in a dilemma given the Husband's crazy fascination with eggs and my maniacal desire to bake! Neither of these two could do without eggs!
But then, along came this informative post which very lucidly described that eggs are after all good for the health. For people allergic to eggs, it is definitely a strict no-no. But if taken in balanced quantities, they do more good than bad to the body.Ahem,ahem - whether I provide my consent to this is not a concern anymore in my household because anyhow all my worries have always been very un-majestically ''tsked,tsked''! So on one of those days this week, when the mercury plummeted uncannily and the chilly winds sent shivers down the spine, I cooked my authentic Bengali-style Egg Curry or 'Deemer Dalna' (Deem - Egg;Dalna - Curry) and we had it ,all brimming with fragrant spices, with fried Indian Flat bread. Need I say more about how the Husband licked off the plate clean that night?!?


Bengali-style Spiced Egg Curry (Deemer Dalna)
You will need: 
4 large eggs, hard boiled
1 whole onion, roughly cubed
About an inch and a half of fresh ginger, cubed
4-5 fat garlic cloves
Green peppers, roughly chopped
Green chilies, chopped
Tomato - 1 whole,diced
Turmeric powder - 1 tablespoon
Cumin powder - 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Roasted coriander powder - 1 tablespoon (dry roast the coriander seeds in a skillet and then blend to a powder in the blender)
Red chili powder - 2 teaspoons
Garam masala powder - 1 tablespoon
Bay leaves - 2 to 3
Salt to taste
Mustard/Canola oil for frying the eggs and cooking the curry - About 3 tablespoons
Fresh Cilantro,finely chopped (optional,but good to have) - for garnish


How I made it:
1. Shell the hard-boiled eggs and rub with some salt and turmeric powder. Heat the oil in  pan, and when hot, add the cooked eggs and shallow fry till the outsides are lightly fried. Do not over-fry as that cause the eggs to become hard.


2. In a blender, blend together the onion,ginger,garlic,tomato,green peppers and green chilies to form a smooth paste. Keep a few cloves of garlic aside and chop them up finely.


3. To the same oil in the pan, add the bay leaves and the finely chopped garlic. When the garlic is slightly fried, add about 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala powder and fry it with the bay leaves and garlic for a couple of seconds. Next add in the blended spice mixture and mix everything together quickly.


4. Allow the water from the spice mixture to disappear and when the mixture changes color to a slight reddish, add the turmeric powder, cumin and roasted coriander powder, red chili powder and salt as per taste. Add a little water to dissolve all the dry spices and give a quick stir.Allow to cook and when oil starts leaving the edges, you know that the spice mixture is ready.


5. Now the spice mixture will change color to a deep amber. At this point, slide in the fried whole eggs in the pan and coat well with the cooked spice mixture. Add about half a cup of water to form a nice,simmering,thick gravy and mix everything together.
6. For the final touch, sprinkle the remaining Garam Masala powder over the curry and garnish with coriander and split or whole green chilies.It is usually eaten as an accompaniment to white rice, but it can as well be enjoyed with any kind of bread. Hope you enjoy cooking this dish and have a great weekend ahead!

24 thoughtful musings left behind...:

Marelie said...

Hi Sudha,
Oh..so thats how this dish is called. I love it..although I cant say the name. There's an Indian restaurant that I love to visit every time I go to Mustafa ( here in Singapore) and they have these precious eggs...I hope to try and cook my own Spiced Curry Eggs! Your picture is so mouth watering...Thanks

faseela said...

So tempting n delicious egg curry.........

Sudha said...

Hi Marelie,
You should definitely try them for yourself and I'm sure you'll enjoy them!Of course,the taste will depend entirely on what spices they use and since India has a plethora of spices,one can really play with the taste.Do try at home sometime and let me know how it turned out!So glad you stopped by:)

Hello Faseela,
Thanks so much for coming and glad you liked the curry:)Lovely to have you here!

Amina said...

wow.. the curry looks spicy and delicious..fabulous presentation..

Sudha said...

Thanks a bunch Amina:)I loved the garlic chicken recipe at your place and have bookmarked it for Sunday lunch.So glad you came by!

Ambreen said...

Wow! Sounds spicy & looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing it :)

kitty said...

Hi Sudha, I am another egg lover!! I eat an egg everyday & have done so for the past 12 years. They are a wonder food!!

Sudha said...

Thanks so much Ambreen:)Glad that you dropped by!

Hi Kitty,
I can't agree more-they indeed are!The Husband was delighted when I told him about you having an egg everyday - he now has one more egg-lover in his entourage;)

julie said...

Very flavorful gravy..real spicy one!!
First time to your space,glad to follow you ,Sudha!!
Do drop by my space and hope u'll follow my space as well..

Tina said...

Hard boiled eggs are good, but not a whole lot of flavor. You really did spice them up here, just the first step of the turmeric has me wanting to eat this, let alone all the other great flavors you put in here. Well done-yum!

Sudha said...

Thanks for coming Julie...and yes,I'm following your space too:)

Hello Tina,
Thanks so much for coming over and really glad that you liked the dish:)

Divya Vikram said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog :) I love trying out new egg recipes. Egg is so versatile! This curry looks delish!

Sudha said...

Hi Divya,
Thanks so much for coming and for leaving me a wonderful comment:)Egg is indeed versatile and even a life-saver at times!Loved meeting you and will check back on your blog soon!

aipi said...

Reminds me of cold winter evenings when mom used to make egg curries with hot parathas :)
Loved your version here!
USMasala

Sudha said...

I love having this egg curry with hot parathas too!See how our tastes match:)Glad that you came by!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Sudha, your egg curry looks extremely good. Loves all the spices that you use for this curry. Have a nice day.

Katherine Martinelli said...

Haha my husband loves eggs too! I've never had an egg curry but it sounds delicious.

Sudha said...

Thanks a bunch,Amelia!

Hello Katherine,
So nice to see you - well, you must have egg curry sometime.It really tastes good and I can vouch for that:)Thanks so much for coming!

Amalia said...

I've never heard of eggs with curry, but it looks great!I love your creativeness :)

Sudha said...

Aww thanks Amalia:) Glad that you liked my rendition. I'm sure you'll enjoy the taste too if anytime you happen to try this out for yourself!

Balvinder ( Neetu) said...

I think your husband is right eggs are protein powerhouse. Even my husband would say the same thing about cholestrol but then I showed him the 10essentials of Dr. Oz. So don't worry enjoy eggs anytime . Loved your blog and I love to follow you.

Amy said...

this looks spicy & tasty...we cook eggs as a curry,but using green chilli.so it is not much spicy.Now it is a coincidence,I was planning to cook egg today,(but in my style),... now I am going to try this recipe....

Sudha said...

Hello Neetu,
Thanks for coming over:) You are right about eggs and my husband is so glad that I finally relented!Thanks a bunch for following me and nice meeting you!

That sounds good,Amy!!Do give it a try and let me know if you liked it:)Thanks so much for joining me!

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This really looks delicious with lots of twists. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my ISO 22000 Training.

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