Friday, 8 April 2011

Anglo-Indian egg curry

First of all...Are we digging the new look yet???
I get bored real fast and since yesterday was a dull day (yes that time of the month), I sat at home and gave my blog a make over. Also to prove a point to Ro that purple is definitely a girl colour.

The weather has been absolutely amazing out here and tall glasses of iced tea and beers have started making its way through. BBQ season is just around the corner, but since we are in unpredictable England, planning for a weekend in the park with a BBQ idea in mind is still wary because most of the time we are jinxed and end up sitting at home and grilling. The bank holiday weekends are also approaching (yes we get 4 days off because the prince is getting married) and we are having our first BBQ party on the 1st of May...yes planning that ahead because, face it, Londoners are the most busiest people I have ever seen. I miss days where you can just make a few calls in the morning and meet up for lunch.
Who am I kidding, heck! it doesn't happen in my own home:
Me: Hey lets grab a couple of sandwiches and head to the park..the weather is awesome, I want to be out in the sun (also because I bought a new pair of shorts and I want to flaunt it..which I don't obviously say because Ro as it is thinks my priorities are royally screwed)
Ro: Oh, I decided to update some software on my laptop..once its over we will go..OK?
Me: OK! (but you're not touching my laptop)
5 hrs later
Ro: OK lets go
Me: Oh I decided to colour my hair...cant do it today baby. Maybe tomorrow?
Ro: Oh tomorrow I'm busy...
Me: (I don't even ask why....the moment has long passed)
So I shouldn't complain about others being tied down with this or that. In fact I have learned to respect it. That said, I am definitely looking forward to May though :)
I stumbled upon this recipe on the online version of Delicious Magazine and loved it. It was definitely different from the mallu preparation (which I still don't know to make) and the addition of celery kinda intrigued me. This recipe came into my mind when I thought of a salad idea for the BBQ and when served cold and a bit dry, it would be a great picnic snack. This time however I opted for a bit of a gravy because we were having it with chapathi for dinner.

Recipe adapted from here
Eggs- 3
Baby potatoes- 200 gms
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Cardamom seeds- from 3 cardamom pods
Ginger- 1/2 tsp 
Turmeric powder- 1/4
Dried red chilli- 1 (more or less as per your heat tolerance)
Oil- 1 tbsp
Garlic- 3 cloves, roughly chopped
Onion- 1  medium, finely diced
Celery stalks- 2, finely chopped
Tomato- 1, pureed or 1 tbsp tomato paste
Double cream- 100 ml
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Boil the eggs. Drain, cool and shell. Slice into quarters and keep aside.
Similarly boil the potatoes in salt water till they are cooked, but not falling apart. Slice into four and set aside. (If using large potatoes, then you might want to slice them into smaller chunks)
Grind the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and cardamom seeds in a spice mill or using a pestle and mortar to get a fine powder.
Add the ginger, turmeric powder and dried red chillies to it and pulse once or twice.
Heat a frying pan and dry fry the ground ingredients until fragrant.
Add the oil to this mix and when it sizzles add the garlic, onion and celery. Cook till they have wilted and have turned a little brown..about 12 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
In goes the pureed tomato. Cook till you see oil resurfacing.
Reduce the heat a bit and add the potato and double cream. Season with salt and mix well making sure you don't break the potato.
Add the quartered eggs and slowly mix, making sure the gravy coats the eggs and the yolks are in tact (which rarely happens to me).
Garnish with coriander leaves just before you serve.
Alternatively, divide the curry between plates and place the quartered eggs on top, garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Notes: This curry was not spicy at all...in fact i think the next time I'll add one more red chilli.
I have changed the cooking method a wee bit where you add the tomato...the original recipe calls for passata and is to be added along with the potato and cream. I preferred to cook it a bit.
I am also wondering, instead of cream, coconut milk would be a better substitute...also very mallu

PS: Rashida sends her heartfelt thanks to all those who commented on her Pav Bhajj. She's thrilled beyond words. And all those who have jinxed me..if Rashida stops sending me stuff..i'll personally harass you guys later ;)
Have a great weekend. Muah!

44 comments:

GB said...

This looks wonderful, Nisha! I only know how to make two types of egg curry, am glad to add another to the repertoire!

Rekha shoban said...

oho my god!!!delicious egg curry!!excellent click!

Tina said...

beautiful clicks dear..tempting.

Vimitha Anand said...

Delicious and creamy looking egg curry... Nice clicks...

miri goes phishing! said...

nice snaps nish....yet to find celery here...:(...so don't know when i will try this recipe...btwn your eggs are boiled to perfection...looks so yellow n nice...;)

Asha said...

This looks nice and seems really different... Will make it soon...

Asha said...

Thanks for introducing that magazine too....

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Superb clicks....egg curry looks delicious in the dry form...

Sandhya Hariharan said...

The colors are beautiful....
Very rarely I like egg curry .. This seems to be in the like category!!

Great header ..

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious egg curry,look wonderful..

Priya said...

Lipsmacking egg curry...stunning clicks..

Nandini said...

Very colourful egg curry! Tastes best with some main dish!

Reshmi said...

nisha...itz a wonderful..scrumptious egg curry....beautiful snap u hve tkn...loved it..

Suman Singh said...

egg curry looks awesome, mouth- watering recipe and great photography...

Sneha Benny said...

Egg curry looks so creamy and delicious. Loved your clicks.

Satrupa said...

Finger licking good ... the clicks are awesome and I luv the new makeover of your blog.

Nisa Homey said...

OMG!!!Egg curry looks sooooo tempting and beautiful clicks too.

Swathi said...

I can try this egg curry sans celery, i hate that vegetables.

Treat and Trick said...

Tempting clicks and looks so yummy!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

I am with you heart & toe on the purple color.I cant get enough of it.Half of my wardrobe is either purple or black! I make egg curry atleast once a week.This version sounds really good.

Only Fish Recipes said...

egg curry looks just delicious...seriously drooling over these pics !

Magpie said...

New Look is gorgeous Nisha! Love the purple and green colour combo too! Very pretty! Now I want purple and green clothes!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I never heard of such a curry before. Looks very appetizing! I agree, addition of celery is intriguing!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious Egg Curry,luks very tempting...

Kairali sisters said...

Nisha, the egg curry looks awesome...I am going to try this right away ketto..

I saw u r comment on chana masala, i must tell u, it was no different with me, i couldnt never make a good chana masala but the recipe i shared is always a winner for me :),

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely flowers delicious egg curry

Biny Anoop said...

curry looks fantastic and temptg......love the clicks

Nithu said...

Egg curry looks awesome. Read your post. I think this happens from door to door...:)

divya said...

Fantastic...irresistibly yumm..

Yummy Team said...

Lovely clicks, Nisha..This egg curry looks awesome..

JishasKitchen said...

wow...superb clicks and the curry looks very tasty....the pic itself made me hungry...:)

Padhu said...

Delicious egg curry!

Plateful said...

The shots are truly delightful! I have to add that I have tasted a lot of Anglo Indian recipes from my school days at an Anglo-Indian institution in FortKochi. This reminds me of those good old days!

Memória said...

YUM! This dish looks just amazing. I just bought a Masala dabba and would love to try making this dish with the new dabba by my side. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe and photos.

P.S. What are "clicks"? I see some of the commenters are writing "superb clicks" and such.

P.S.S. I don't think purple is a girl colour and not just because purple is my favorite colour :D but also because I strongly believe you cannot fairly ascribe gender to a certain colour. There are men who love pink and purple and women who love black and blue, so there cannot be such a thing as a girl/boy colour. :)

aipi said...

The pics are FANTASTIC and the recipe sounds great too!
PS- I liked your new header- very chic :)

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Monet said...

The flowers...the bowl of curry...the hard boiled eggs...all just lovely. Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I've grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I do adore Purple, like the whole purple outlook. Really feel sad that I/we hardly have time w/o prior notice, somehow myself and my friend ended up doing a sudden day out last weekend, literally i kicked my ass out leaving work behind! God that's when i realised how much fun i was missing! happy sigh!
And anda curry is magical!

Gulmohar said...

Purple is my fav too,rather my daughter's most fav :-)
This is a nice curry.And the celery part makes all the difference I guess

Sarah Naveen said...

Know what i had bookmarked this on delicious and was checking whether its the same :)...

Gal ur clicks are amazing kto...love to have this now..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Simple yet flavourful...looks very tempting

kitchenmorph said...

interesting recipe and thanx for flipping a mag and spooning this out for us...you get bored real fast?? you're in for a pleasant surprise when you have kids...heeeh!!!

Nostalgia said...

Yum! I am a huge fan of eggs. I think this is one food that made in any form will be good. Loved the photos and arrangement.

G'day said...

nice recipe. thanks for sharing. Check the recipe for anglo indian Chicken curry - http://www.gdayindia.com.au/anglo-indian-chicken

Helena / Rico sin Azúcar said...

Looks fantastic and must taste better!!!!
Very good pics ;-)