All too often a boiled egg or plain scrambled egg just doesn’t quite cut it. My mother always says even if you’re eating something simple like dal and rice make sure it’s delicious, full of flavour and a meal to satisfy your belly and your senses. I honestly couldn’t agree more. Dal and rice in my household isn’t plain boring! Served with a dollop of butter on hot dal, spicy mango pickle to accompany the meal and crispy deep fried papad. That most definitely is a tasty meal. I think the same applies to eggs. Mix it up with a few spices and the result is a hearty, delicious meal. My all time favourite breakfast on a weekend is Anda Bhurji spiced scrambled eggs piled on buttered toast. So satisfying.
Most Indian regions have their unique way of cooking eggs with spices and the state of Andhra Pradesh is no different. This is a personal favourite and I think the combination of the heat from the chilli and sour tamarind make it quite moreish. Coconut milk is used sparingly to add the creaminess to the dish; the bland boiled eggs soak in all the flavours of the spices in the gravy. You can leave the eggs whole if you prefer though I like to halve them. Added to the dish last minute letting them steep in the warm curry. Serve with rice, flat bread or dosas as I did. Soft dosas soak in all the flavour and help mop up the egg curry. Simply gorgeous!
3 eggs boiled, peeled and halved
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 medium onion finely chopped (or 5-7 small shallots thinly sliced)
1 small cinnamon stick halved
2 green chillies slit lengthwise
2 tomatoes roughly chopped
1” piece ginger thinly sliced
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild chilli powder)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
50mls coconut milk
8-10 curry leaves
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Add the mustard seeds letting them splutter for a few seconds. Add the onions and fry for 5-7 minutes on medium as they begin to turn light brown. Add the cinnamon stick and green chillies frying for a further minute. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring well ensuring it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. The tomatoes will soften and form a thick sauce. Add the sliced ginger and fry for a further minute. Now add the powdered spices and stir for a minute. At this point the oil will start to leave the sides of the pan. Add the tamarind concentrate along with the water. Bring to a boil and simmer. At this stage add the coconut milk. Simmer gently and tip in the halved boiled eggs along with the curry leaves.
Let the eggs soak in the spices for 2-3 minutes. Stir gently making sure the eggs stay intact. Season to taste and garnish with coriander. Serve with soft dosas or plain rice.