A light dinner…

by Sunita on September 17, 2007

There are days when I just don’t feel like bringing myself up to cook anything…but at the very next moment, I realise that it is indeed wishful thinking. There are three other hungry bellies around waiting to be pacified. At such times I can’t help but ponder whether my stand of reigning supreme in the kitchen is doing any wonders at all. I mean, my other half doesn’t mind helping out… in fact he quite enjoys stints in cooking…if only I’d let him :)

It was on one such evening, when wishing for a swish of a magic wand to rustle up a meal was not fulfilled, that I wearily stepped into the kitchen. The kids had been running around for quite a while and were absolutely famished…which meant that something filling was needed. All that I had were a few eggs and little bits of vegetables. I had been meaning to clean out the refrigerator for quite some time, and thus thought this was the moment to use up all those bits of vegetables. As I was in no mood to slog for a long time, I prepared this very mild egg and vegetable curry…more like a stew. With some spinach rotis and a nice fresh salad thrown in, it did make for a nice simple dinner indeed. The eggs made the dish more wholesome, and no one had anything to complain…

What’s needed-

4 eggs, boiled and shelled
4-5 small potatoes,chopped, washed, boiled and peeled
1 C of french beans and carrots, cut into sticks
1 onion, sliced
2-3 pods of garlic, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
1/2 tsp each of turmeric( and a pinch extra) , cumin and garam masala powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste
2 tblsp oil

How to-

  1. Place the beans and carrot in a microwavable bowl with 1 tblsp of water and microwave, covered lightly for 3 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tblsp of oil in a pan.
  3. Make light slits lengthwise on the eggs and rub in the pinch of turmeric powder and season with salt.
  4. Fry the eggs till they are nicely browned and keep aside.
  5. In the same oil, add the cumin seeds, whole red chili and bay leaf.
  6. When the seeds splutter, add the onion, garlic and tomato along with a pinch of sugar and salt and cook covered over low heat till mushy.
  7. Add turmeric and cumin powders and mix well.
  8. Add the potatoes,peppers, beans and carrots and stir for a couple of minutes .
  9. Add 1 and a 1/2 glasses of water, season with salt and bring it to a boil.
  10. Add the eggs and garam masala powder and simme over medium heat for for 5-6 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice or rotis.

Our meal with this light soupy curry along with spinach rotis and fresh salad went down really well. The gravy was really light…if a thicker version is required, add a little less water and just mash a few pieces of potatoes while cooking… also, simmer a little longer to thicken the gravy. Although I said light, on the whole it was quite a filling meal…but the flavours were indeed light.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sia September 17, 2007 at 1:08 pm

i am going through that phase where i dont feel like cooking anything at the moment… simple meals like this are surely welcome suni:) but unlike u i use frozen chapaties;)


2 Asha September 17, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Slurrrpp!! Looks delicious.I thought it was Matzo ball before I read it’s Egg!:))


3 Cinnamon September 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Looks delicious Sunita, these simple meals are sometimes more comforting and indeed filling!!


4 sunita September 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

sia, we all have those days, I suppose…as for the frozen chapaties, I’m still not there yet:)


5 sunita September 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm

asha, yes, eggs indeed…hope you had a nice weekend.


6 sunita September 17, 2007 at 1:22 pm

cinnamon, thanks…simple meals do give a lot of pleasure at times.


7 Laavanya September 17, 2007 at 2:09 pm

That is one simple yet satisfying stew.


8 sra September 17, 2007 at 2:13 pm

That’s a lovely curry! Really like the pictures.


9 Happy cook September 17, 2007 at 3:16 pm

MMM somtimes nice and siple are the best. Looks good


10 Namratha September 17, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Hmmm glorious curry! Just the look of it wants me grabbing for that egg…definitely bookmarked!


11 sunita September 17, 2007 at 3:49 pm

laavanya, yes it is indeed satisfying indeed.


12 sunita September 17, 2007 at 3:50 pm

sra, thanks, glad you like it :)


13 sunita September 17, 2007 at 3:51 pm

happycook, thanks…glad you dropped by :)


14 sunita September 17, 2007 at 3:54 pm

namratha, thanks…do give it a try…hope you’ll like it :)


15 Pooja V September 17, 2007 at 4:46 pm

I knw the feeling of not feel like cooking. Its a v simple n delicious looking stew. This will b cooked whn i m cleaning the gfrridge this week.


16 Suganya September 17, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Gorgeous dish.. gorgeous photo. For a moment I thought it was dessert. And thats a compliment! You have captured it that lovely…


17 sunita September 17, 2007 at 6:01 pm

pooja, glad you like it…do give it a try :)


18 sunita September 17, 2007 at 6:02 pm

suganya,why, thanks a lot…that’s a great compliment, coming from you…I’m overwhelmed :)


19 Jyothi September 17, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Amazing and a great idea of using eggs with veggies. Looks colorful and might be very tasty. Surely, will try this. Thanks for sharing.


20 musical September 17, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Yes, we all have those times when we don’t feel like cooking! The egg curry looks great! and what a cute new header!


21 Sharmi September 17, 2007 at 10:21 pm

the curry looks so pretty!


22 Sig September 18, 2007 at 4:47 am

It looks really light and wonderful, nobody would say that was just put together like that, just by looking at it… and if you find that magic wand, pleease do share… :)


23 sunita September 18, 2007 at 10:37 am

jyothi,thanks… it was indeed light and colourful.


24 sunita September 18, 2007 at 10:38 am

musical, thanks…glad you like it :)


25 sunita September 18, 2007 at 10:40 am

Sig, thanks…as for the wand, I’ll definitely share it with you once I’ve found it :)


26 Cynthia September 18, 2007 at 1:48 pm

I’m making egg curry for this week’s post too! Yours looks very delicious.


27 Sandeepa September 18, 2007 at 1:56 pm

I would say “Patla Dim er Jhol” is yummy. (You understand right ?)


28 Deborah September 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm

I have nights when I just don’t feel like cooking as well, but luckily, it is just my husband and I! He’s great, though, because he’ll find something for himself if I don’t make anything. This looks wonderful, though!


29 sunita September 18, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Cynthia,thanks…looking forward to your’s :)


30 sunita September 18, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Sandeepa, ‘ekdom thik bujte parchi’(it’s right, I hope…amar bangla ta ektu rusty hoye geche)…I would also call it” patla konir jool” can you get that? :-D


31 sunita September 18, 2007 at 7:09 pm

daborah,I think we all go through that phase…funnily,Dinesh doesn’t have any problem at all in rustling up something, it’s just that I boss around too much when it comes to the kitchen front and just do not want to let go (am I crazy?) :-D


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