Aloo-konir dom / potato – egg curry…

by Sunita on May 7, 2007

Eggs…the ever versatile eggs…there must be very few who people who are not tempted by them. The amazing array of dishes and ways that can be prepared with it is countless. Moreover they are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy, packed with a range of nutrients including protein, essential vitamins A,D,E and B group as well as minerals, iron phosphorus and zinc.

In our house, the tray of eggs is hardly empty…the kids think they’ve missed something if they don’t have eggs for their breakfast…hard- boiled, quarter- boiled, fried, poached, scrambled…well, any form will do as long as it’s there. I love baking and use eggs to help me out in the variety of delights that are produced frequently from my oven… needless to say, I always make it a point to keep that tray updated.

Although myself and Dinesh tread a bit more cautiously regarding the amount of eggs that we consume…we, too, at times, find it hard not to give in to it’s temptations. Today is one such day… After the last couple of grey days that we’ve been enduring, the heavens finally opened up to shower us with the long awaited rain. Although it has been drizzling away for quite a long time now, I’ve no complaints as the long stretch of dry days have left the ground and everything growing on it longing for their thirst to be quenched. The only downside is that the kids have had to be confined indoors, something they find a bit difficult. The slight chill in the air with the greyness all around has inspired me to make something to colour and spice things up a bit…hence this egg curry, which I prepared for lunch today( today being a bank holiday, we are all at home), along with rotis and a fresh salad. It did brighten up our lunch table…
I usually do not add too much of chilli powder( in fact most of the time, I hardly add any) to my cooking, but those who like their tongues to be really fired up can add it to suit their palates…

What’s needed-

4 eggs
5 small potatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
1 tblsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cardamoms
3 cloves
1 inch stick of cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric powder and a little extra for frying the eggs
1 and 1/2 cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder

How to-

Boil the potatoes along with the eggs till done. Peel the potatoes and keep aside.

Make small incisions on the eggs, lengthwise. Rub a little turmeric and salt on them, fry in a tblsp of oil till brown and keep aside. Be careful and keep a distance while doing this as the eggs may splutter at times.

Heat 2-3 tblsp of oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, whole red chilli, cardamoms, cinnamon and cloves. When the seeds splutter and the oil begins to leave an aroma, add the onion and stir for a minute. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the onions are translucent.

Add the tomatoes along with the cumin, turmeric and coriander powder, season with salt and cook over low heat till the tomatoes are mushy.

Mash one or two pieces of the potatoes to thicken the gravy. Add all the potatoes and stir for a couple of minutes till they are nicely coated in the mixture.

Add a glass of water and bring the gravy to a boil. The amount of water can be reduced if a thicker gravy is desired.

Add the eggs and simmer for a minute. Add the garam masala powder and simmer for a further minute. Remove from heat and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Serve hot with rice or rotis!!! It is a very quick dish and tastes good as well… there…the good old egg in one of it’s many avatars…

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Richa May 7, 2007 at 3:14 pm

i’m one of those few…
anyway, gravy looks YUM! will make it without the eggs.


2 Pravs May 7, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Whoa ! that is a great looking potato-egg curry.Hey you know what, just sometime back, talking to my mom,she gave me the tips to roast or fry boiled eggs like this.. :D , she said red chili powder too..
Inspite of not having red chili powder, you have acheived a reddish color for the gravy.


3 sunita May 7, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Hi Richa…yes the gravy tastes great …do go on and make it in as many ways as you want…


4 sunita May 7, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Pravs,we always fry the eggs to make this gravy…the tomatoes added the colour…


5 Asha May 7, 2007 at 4:55 pm

We love Eggs too Sunita although we don’t eat everyday,Egg curry is our fav Sunday lunch!:))
Egg curry looks fabulous.No chilli pd at all!!Great colour though.Thanks for recipe:)


6 sunita May 7, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Hi Asha…you’re most welcome…hope you had a great weekend…


7 Sig May 7, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Wow Sunita, beautiful brown color without chilli powder… I first learned about frying boiled eggs before putting in curry from your blog from your last egg curry post, I still haven’t tried it though, will definitely try next time.


8 Reena May 7, 2007 at 8:51 pm

potato and eggs are two of my fav. so this recipe looks great to me. i fry boiled eggs with light masalas and cilantro and add them to biriyanis


9 sunita May 7, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Sig, I owe the colour to the fresh ripe and red tomatoes that I used…maybe it’s time you give it a try…


10 sunita May 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Reena,that’s a very good idea…amazing how we all come up with one great idea after another…there’s so much to learn yet…


11 Sandeepa May 8, 2007 at 1:24 am

I love egg curry and this is exactly the way we do it tooo…now you make me drool.


12 Sukanya Ramkumar May 8, 2007 at 2:59 am

Wow!..Potato and egg….I love the combination….I looks great… I loke the gravy…


13 Roopa May 8, 2007 at 3:23 am

wow this looks very tempting at the site of the color, my kids will love this. i will try this on one weekend. thks for sharing


14 sunita May 8, 2007 at 5:30 am

Sandeepa, don’t you love it…happy drooling…


15 sunita May 8, 2007 at 5:31 am

Sukanya,thanks…nice to have you over…


16 sra May 8, 2007 at 9:25 am

looks rich and special though it’s an easy recipe. on my to-do list this week!


17 sunita May 8, 2007 at 10:17 am

Sra,yes, it’s a really easy dish…the cooking time is less as the potatoes and eggs have been boiled…do go on and try it…


18 Mandira May 8, 2007 at 4:16 pm

I love egg curry.. yours looks yummy. I tend to put green chilli in the dimer jhol.


19 sunita May 8, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Mandira, I think we all have our own versions of making a dish with the same ingredients…I’ve seen many put green chillies in this curry…nice to have you over…


20 Cynthia May 8, 2007 at 11:58 pm

I love curried eggs. My mom always made this dish when she was rushed for time and wanted something quick and delicious to feed us. Actually, I think I’ll make some next week just for the wonderful memory.


21 SHANTI BHANU May 9, 2007 at 5:00 am

hi ….ur recipe is new for me…i never heard of aloo and potato comb.very grt……nice recipe..should try…


22 sunita May 9, 2007 at 5:41 am

Cynthia,can’t wait to see your version…


23 sunita May 9, 2007 at 5:42 am

Hi Shanti…nice to have you over…perhaps you meant potato-egg combi…we are familiar with this combi and have always had it…


24 Sharmi May 9, 2007 at 1:34 pm

waw that curry looks mouthwatering.
will have to try out sometime. will bookmark this. nice pineapple loaf too. looks great.


25 sunita May 9, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Hi Sharmi…it’s a very easy to make recipe…do try it…


26 Nandita May 15, 2007 at 4:09 pm

THis is one is a beautiful recipe Sunita, would love to know the origins, is this Assamese or Bengali? The gravy looks mouthwatering ;)


27 Mishmash ! July 4, 2007 at 1:31 am

Sunita, we just had your aloo-konir dom, for dinner :) I wanted something simple with the ingredients in hand and decided to give my Assamese friend a chance and I was not disappointed :) Thanks a lot for sharing this! I added lil chilly powder too ;P



28 shayma November 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

this looks absolutely phenomenal, we have smthg similar we make in Pakistan.It is interesting how you make incisions on the eggs and fry them. best wishes, shayma


29 Johanna January 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

hi..m a novice when it comes to cooking…as i live alone food blogs are the ones i turn to inevitably if i want to try something new..i am an Assamese and I am aware of this dish..Last year i saw my friend make it and came back and tried it out only to land up with a disaster..However, today i tried it out again following your recipe to the T (i added chilly)..and my PG mates couldn’t stop gushing on how yummy it had turned out…Thank u so much..will keep trying more in the future..u have some great recipes..


30 Sunita January 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hi Johanna,

Thanks for your nice words, glad that you and your mates loved the dish too.


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