Bring South India and its incredible flavors to your table with this South Indian style Egg Curry. A few spices, onions, tomatoes and coconut milk make this utterly satisfying and comforting egg curry recipe that tastes best with parathas (flatbread) and rice. Make extra portions because everyone will go for multiple servings!
This south indian style egg curry. Because it's cold and dreary and I'm shivering in jackets and boots and only a hot bowl of curry can make me feel better. Coconutty, creamy, spicy and tangy with a big bowl of rice and parottas on the side.
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I know we've done egg curry before but that was my north indian version, and the south indian part of me was begging me to share this with you guys! Hello Kerala and some inspirational cooking. I don't know how they manage to get everything right! I mean, up north I wouldn't dream of having egg curry for breakfast! You too? But next time, buy some idiyappams, pour that curry on top and go crazy! It's the most satisfying feeling in the world! I can't even! Because egg curry in any form is awesome, but this south indian version just tops it all.
How to make South Indian Egg Curry
And peeps, malabar parottas with this curry - MUST HAVE! I know, calories. But let's pretend we don't know that for now.
Also don't over boil your egg. Hard boil, but just about - keep your yolk slightly gooey. That's bonus creaminess. If you are an explorer and an adventurer keep it soft even, and go bonkers on drippy yolk goodness. Don't skimp on the curry leaves either because they come in right in the end and sweep it away with that spicy, sharp flavor!
I'm going to give you some leeway with the coconut milk though. I know the experts say fresh, homemade coconut milk. But I never seem to have it when I need it. Blame it on the lack of motivation and plain laziness. But I can't. So packaged it is. I have instructions below on how to use it if you are in the same boat and buying the packaged stuff.
How to Make the Perfect Boiled Eggs
- Place eggs in a pot and cover them completely with water.
- Once the water starts boiling, turn off the flame and cover the pot.
- Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking process, peel and enjoy
This will give you perfect boiled eggs where the yolk is still yellow and doesn’t turn blackish at the edges.
Combine this delicious Egg Curry with a few sides to make it the perfect meal:
- Malabar Parottas are a must! If not you could opt for some soft rotis as well.
- Some good old Basmati Rice will do the trick too
- Coconut Stir Fry Rice
- Jeera Rice is always a crowd favourite!
So go forth, and enjoy this. And if you are a crazy egg curry fan like me, here's some spicy North Indian style egg curry which is almost as good!
Also Try - North Indian Style Egg Curry
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Watch South Indian style Egg Curry Recipe Video (Step by Step)
This recipe was first published on November 24, 2015 and has been updated recently with a new step by step video. There are no changes made to the recipe.
South Indian Style Egg Curry
- 5 Hard Boiled Eggs peeled
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1 Cinnamon small stick
- 3 Cardamom pods
- 5 Peppercorns lightly smashed
- 2 - 3 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon Ginger finely chopped or ginger paste
- 7 Garlic cloves smashed and roughly chopped or garlic paste
- 2 Onions finely chopped (medium)
- 3 Tomatoes finely chopped (large)
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
- ½ teaspoon Chili Powder Red
- ¼ cup Tamarind Water See Note 2
- 1 cup Thin Coconut Milk See Note 3
- ½ cup Thick Coconut Milk
- 8 - 10 Curry Leaves
- Salt to taste
- In a large pan, heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns and green chilies. Once everything starts spluttering, add ginger, garlic and onions.
- Cook till the onions turn soft and translucent and add tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and salt. Let the tomatoes cook till they are pulpy, 6-8 minutes.
- Add tamarind water and thin coconut milk.Stir and bring this to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
- Simmer till the gravy reduces slightly and becomes thicker, about 5 minutes. At this point, add some water if you need to adjust the consistency.
- Adjust seasoning, add curry leaves and pour in the thick coconut milk. Stir a few times, without letting it come to a boil and switch off the flame. Drop the eggs in the curry, and cover and let it sit for five minutes before serving.
- To hard boil eggs perfectly, add eggs to a pot and fill it with water till it covers the eggs. Bring it to a boil and switch off the flame. Cover and let it sit for 12 minutes. Transfer to a vessel and place in cold water for perfectly hard boiled eggs.
- To make tamarind water, add a small, bite sized ball of tamarind to warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Mash with your hands and use the paste/water in the curry.
- Most packaged coconut milk is first pressing or thick coconut milk. To make thin coconut milk from it, add half water and half coconut milk for one cup thin coconut milk.
- If storing this curry for later, do not add eggs. You can freeze the curry and reheat it when required. Use fresh hardboiled eggs when you reheat the curry.
KV Ramesh Chander says
really tasty and easy to make .thanks
This was excellent, thank you for the recipe! I used a lot of tamarind for the paste (we love it) and not a fan of chunky tomatoes/onion so i used the immersion blender to break it all down a bit before adding the final coconut milk. I also used a spice grinder for all the spices at the beginning. We absolutely loved it!
Fantastic! Thank you so much RB! Glad you liked it
Hi recha your recipe explain very well.i really thankfull to you so much To bring you these recipes for us
Richa Gupta says
Most welcome, Ratna! Glad you liked our egg curry recipe!
Tried this today and it turned out very delicious... best part is, my kid said the curry is sooooo yummy
Yay! Love that this is kid friendly. Thanks for trying out this recipe and leaving a comment Sudha. Soooo glad you liked it!
Recipe Kitchen says
I made it at my house as you said, it should be very good.
Thanks Richa, This recipe was amazing and my whole family enjoyed it thoroughly.
It was easy to make. This will definitely be on my weekly menu.
I am looking forward to trying your other recipes.
Thanks so much Jessie! So glad you enjoyed this recipe
Anju Gulati says
It turned out very tasty. Everyone in the family liked it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.
Thank you so so much Anju! So glad you enjoyed this recipe!
Sanjana Sajin says
Nice recipe. loving it. Get out more recipes at Shades of kitchen
Simply delicious and easy to cook. Thank you for a recipe that I will definitely keep.
Thanks so much Shilpa! Really glad you liked it
This recipe is amazing. I have been addicted to coconut milk is a separate topic. I was initially a little skeptical about the amount of tomatoes that goes into the dish, but the gravy came out to be super creamy and aromatic. Its pretty versatile. I am going to try the gravy with different proteins now.
It is Varsha! This would work really well with chicken too. Thanks for stopping by!
Absolutely loved this dish! It tastes just as delicious as it looks. The recipe was easy to follow. I added some cashews along with the coconut because I didn't have enough coconut to make coconut milk.
Sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing that Paulthi, I'm sure it'll help other readers too.
This egg curry is so beautiful, and so rich in flavors that it has to be given a try. My husband and I really enjoyed this on a rainy Bangalore evening.
tried this as per your recipe and wow its a great meal with bread,rotis or rice.rather one gravy for the whole day.
Sounds fantastic! Thank you so much Kala. So glad you enjoyed this recipe!
Lovely recipe, thanks for posting.
Glad you liked it! Thank you!
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