Laxmi's Egg Masala

Skillet Egg Masala (Kadai Ande)

Finally I am getting back to writing my blog. Time just flies by with product launches, travel, and the big one— my son’s wedding planning.

Here is my recipe for spiced skillet hard-boiled eggs. Every region in India has its own egg curry, the sauce ranges from soupy chowder consistency to almost dry like the following recipe I’ve chosen. Egg curry is very traditional and is considered an important part of Indian cuisine and is especially popular with children.

A different experience than usual deviled eggs a more flavorful tasty treat with a wealth of spices, yet mild. Use this egg masala on steamed or roasted vegetables or any firm white fish steaks.

  • 4 large eggs
  • Seeds from 2 green cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • ½ inch stick cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon scant fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped tomato
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Add enough cold water to come 1-inch above the eggs. Bring to boiling over high heat. Reduce the heat so the water is simmering. Cover and cook 15 minutes; drain. Place eggs in cold water until cool enough to handle. Drain. Gently tap each egg on the countertop. Peel off the eggshell, starting at the large end. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise.

While the eggs are cooking combine the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, peppercorns, and cayenne into a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a heavy medium sauté pan or skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion and fry, stirring often, until deep golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the ground spice powder and stir until fragrant. Add the tomato and cook until tomato is very soft, 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt and water (you may add the halved eggs in here for the eggs to absorb more curry flavor); cook the sauce for 2 more minutes and remove from the heat. Or you can place the eggs neatly on a warm serving platter and top each half with the curried sauce. Serve right away.

Serves 4 as a side dish.

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