May 11, 2009

Sambar Style Egg Curry

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. And I couldn’t agree more. One evening, I returned home to an almost empty fridge. I don’t like that. I like to be prepared, at least mentally, for what to cook for dinner. I have a long commute back home and I use this time very productively. By thinking of what to cook for dinner!

Whatever vegetables I had in the fridge seemed very uninteresting. I thought of rice and egg curry. The idea seemed very appealing. S loved the idea (he loves any idea that rice is a part of) and I set to work. Suddenly I felt that the usual tomato onion gravy would be too boring. I thought of sambar. Sambar with eggs, nah. Vathal Kuzhambu with eggs, maybe. I ended up with this dish which is part sambar, part vathal kuzhambu, but is really just an egg curry. We loved it. I will make it a little more liquidy the next time I make it. (That only means that I shall stand and watch the dish and not wander away to return to a dry curry.)

4 Eggs, boiled and shelled
1 tbsp Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp Asafoetida
7-8 Curry Leaves
2 Green Chillies, slit
2 tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 tsp Sambar Powder
Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves for garnish

Heat the oil in a kadhai. Add the mustard, cumin and asafoetida. After about half a minute, add the curry leaves and the slit chillies. Add the onions after a minute and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add the sambar powder and salt and fry for a minute. Add the tamarind paste with about ¾ cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil.

Make incisions in the eggs and add them to the boiling gravy. Allow to thicken a little. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy this with some steamed rice.


Iggy said...

looks yum indeed!

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love the idea of egg vathal kuzhambu. I surely have to give this recipe a try.


Arundathi said...

Wow - what a great idea! an egg south indian dish! yummy!

Cham said...

Tamarind and sambar powder in egg curry sure to try for!

anudivya said...

That is such a neat idea! And you think about what to cook after a long day's work and during commute? You are one emergetic girl!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Thats a nice combination of flavors Raaga :)

Divya Vikram said...

That sounds tangy and yummy with rice..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy eggs...

Divya Kudua said...

This surely is a fusion recipe;-).Sambhar style egg curry sounds like a great idea!!

sra said...

Egg pulusu (with lot of tamarind-y gravy) is a common dish in our home. I also know of people who put egg in dal and sambar too!

Superchef said...

i will definitely want to try a vathal kuzhambu egg curry!!!!

Lisa said...

You know, I had eggs for dinner, but I am craving them again after seeing this recipe. Just gorgeous!

Aparna said...

This is some innovation. I like the sound of egg curry with sambhar powder. I'm making my next egg curry this way.