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The curry served with rice and parotta.

South Indian Style Egg Curry

Learn how to make south indian style egg curry, inspired by Kerala cuisine. Easy, comforting and creamy egg curry recipe!
Course Main Course, Side Dishes
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 Portions
Calories 333kcal
Author Richa


  • 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.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3mg