An inspiration…

by Sunita on February 8, 2008

The other day, as I was engaged in a long distance call with my older sister, she mentioned that she had gone to meet ma and that the latter had whipped up an amazing egg curry for her; and I can’t say that I wasn’t envious. The next time I spoke to ma, I remembered to nag her about the recipe. Of course, as she did not have a food blog to maintain, ma related her recipe in her usual casual manner. I was eager to try it out and was not disappointed with the results.

On the matter of ma’s cooking , the thing that I love and admire the most is her nature of adaptation. She is a very unorthodox cook, ready to try out any new recipe that she comes across. Her cooking is a blend of the traditional and the modern. Sometimes I really wonder about her zeal and enthusiasm to learn something new, even now. She is among those who believe that learning is an everlasting process.

Ma got married when she was very young. She was the oldest and pampered child in her family. Deuta(my father) used to tease her as to how she hardly knew to cook anything and that he had actually been her teacher. Deuta was living alone due to his job, when they got married, hence was quite able to fend for himself. I remember the neighbours who knew ma as a young bride tell us when we grew up, that she was someone who was always eager to learn, experiment and develop her culinary skills. Over the years, ma’s cooking has evolved so much…well, is still evolving.

Without more ado, I bring to you the recipe for eggs in a spicy onion and milk gravy…thanks ma.

What’s needed-

4 eggs, boiled and shelled
2 large onions, chopped and ground to a paste
1 +2 tblsp of oil
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 inch stick of cinnamon
3 cloves
3 cardamoms
1/2 tsp each of turmeric(and an extra pinch), cumin and coriander powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder(more or less)
1 tblsp tomato puree
2 and 1/2 C milk
1 tsp garam masala powder
a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
salt to taste

How to-

  1. Make slight vertical incisions on the egg and rub in a pinch of turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.
  2. Heat 1 tblsp of oil in a pan and fry the eggs till nicely browned. Remove from heat, slice into halves and keep aside.
  3. Add the cumin seeds, bay leaf, whole red chilli, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  4. When the seeds splutter, and the oil leaves it’s aroma, add the onion paste along with the turmeric, cumin, chilli and coriander powders and the tomato puree. Stir continuously till the moisture evaporates.
  5. Add the milk along with the garam masala powder and simmer, stirring continuously, till the gravy thickens.
  6. Add 3/4 of the chopped coriander and simmer for another minute.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor and pulse till smooth.
  8. Transfer to the pan over heat and just heat through.
  9. Arrange the egg halves in a bowl and pour the gravy on top.
  10. Garnish with the rest of the chopped coriander.
  11. Serve hot with rice/ rotis/ naan/ puris.

We had ours with some light vegetable pulao. It was really nice…the sweetness of the onions went well with the spices and the milk enriched it. This gravy is definitely a keeper.

Have a great weekend !!

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook February 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Oh this is one egg dish i am going to try. It looks so creamy maybe because of the pureed onions.
When i got married i also didn’t know to cook and i my hubby says he was my teacher in cooking ;-)


2 Asha February 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Why do people in India always torture us folks here by saying “I ate this and I ate that”?!;D
I love Egg curries, I will add your’s too to my list!:)

Enjoy, see you next week.


3 sra February 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hi Sunita, we can make poach the eggs in milk too, with the onions and spices. Like this recipe of yours! We use only cloves in that recipe.


4 Namratha February 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Ohh looks yummy, ma’s recipe…? Then I gotta try it! :) Mom’s rock don’t they :D


5 sunita February 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

happy cook, it is very creamy…tastes wonderful…do give this a try :-)


6 sunita February 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm

asha, I know…it is real torture, isn’t it ? :-) …do add this to your list…you’ll love it :-)


7 sunita February 8, 2008 at 8:14 pm

sra, have you posted your recipe…will love to know…even slight variations give such a different dimension to a recipe.


8 sunita February 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm

namratha, thanks, and yes the ladies do rock :-)


9 Richa February 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm

gravy looks so good! mom’s cook the best, don’t they :) i’m sure ur kids concur ;)


10 AnuZi February 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Sounds sinfully delicious. I have to agree with Asha…why do people in India or visiting India taunt us with all the good stuff they are consuming? Luckily we have food blogs that let us day dream of the yummy goodness! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


11 sunita February 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm

richa, thanks..the gravy was really yummy…yes, mom’s the best…as for my kids, well, we’ll have to wait and see :-)


12 sunita February 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

anuzi, thanks…we literally licked our plates clean :-)


13 Mike of Mike's Table February 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm

That sounds delicious and I really like how you plated it. Nice work!


14 Cynthia February 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

I love what you have done with the new header! You are one fantastic artist! Egg curry is yum!


15 Wonderful Destiny February 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Wow…your mom is amazing to cook a simple egg dish in such an exotic way. That explains your super smart culinary genes, Sunita!


16 Shilpa February 9, 2008 at 12:04 am

Ohh love any kind of egg curry. This one looks like something I will love. My mom also got married very young and she didn’t know any cooking. Reading your post reminded me of my mom.


17 Mishmash ! February 9, 2008 at 12:05 am

My mother also falls into the same cadre…she still comes up with new combos and variations and make it look totally new dish…sometimes I wish I had half of her passion!!

I liked you presentation of the dish….want to try this soon :)


18 Rachel February 9, 2008 at 4:33 am

Mom’s food and recipes are always the best.My mom sends me tied and tested recipes..And I always relied on them!!

This recipe is a keeper for me!!


19 Pragyan February 9, 2008 at 5:03 am

Like mom, like daughter, eh? :) Wonderful egg curry, pics are great, as usual!


20 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:05 am

mike, thanks…it tasted really good :-)


21 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

wonderful destiny, thanks…ma never ceases to amaze me :-)


22 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:07 am

shilpa, thanks…and yes, those amazing ladies do deserve so much credit :-)


23 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

Shn, ma never ceases to surprise …do try this curry… we loved it…you know what, Dinesh said that he wanted to have very little for dinner, but ended up overeating :-D


24 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

rachel, yes, nothing can go wrong with mom’s recipe…do give this a try :-)


25 sunita February 9, 2008 at 10:11 am

pragyan,thanks…but I’ve still got a long way to go…


26 Nags February 9, 2008 at 10:38 am

that’s an interesting idea for the gravy. Will keep it mind the next time I make egg curry :)


27 Sig February 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm

You can’t go wrong with Mom’s recipes… this one sure is a winner, love the look of that creamy gravy!


28 Dhivya February 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

wow nice idea and different too…pic looks yummy


29 Pooja V February 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

This looks so good…a must try.


30 sunita February 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

nags, do give it a try…we adored it :-)


31 sunita February 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

sig, thanks…yeah, mom’s rock! This gravy is a sure keeper :-)


32 sunita February 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

pooja, thanks…do give it a try :-)


33 Daily Meals February 10, 2008 at 2:00 am

Looks delicious…


34 Archana February 11, 2008 at 10:07 am

lovely recipe. I see you have used milk. I have made egg curry with coconut milk. This would be a different change. Nice recipe of fresh spices.Thanks to your “MA”


35 sunita February 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

daily meals, thanks…we did love it a lot :-)


36 sunita February 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

archana, thanks…it was a nice change indeed…do give it a try :-)


37 Suganya February 11, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I was looking for an egg curry recipe without tomato. Gotta try this. Thanks to you and your ma :)


38 sunita February 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Sug, do give it a try…we loved it :-)


39 Muslima Mom April 16, 2008 at 5:32 am

I regularly read ur blog. :) But I had to comment coz I made this egg dish recently. And it came out really good.(As you can tell I am not very good at cooking :) ).
Just wanted to thank you.
Though when I added the milk , I just stared at the kadai,and then ran back to the laptop and opened ur blog just to check I was right. And it turned out great :)


40 Anonymous June 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Hi Sunitha, I prepared egg curry with your recipe today, it came so well… husband loved it….Thank you so much and keep posting great recipes…



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