Coconut Egg Curry

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

You know how people are crazy over chocolate and ice cream and can even fight for the last bite. Well, that’s how I am with eggs. I can never get enough of it and if given a choice, I can gobble it anytime and in any form. I am not sure if it was my favorite food growing up. But ever since I moved out and started staying alone, I figured that with eggs, there comes countless quick and filling lunch or dinner options.

 

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

 

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

 

In India, it’s very common to prepare egg curry for main course, which is either served with Indian flat bread or steamed white rice. Sometimes it’s prepared spicy without much gravy and other times, hard-boiled eggs are allowed to swim in a yellow curry along with bite size potatoes. There are numerous different ways the curry can be prepared and I am sure every other family has their own version too.

 

I prepared this egg curry inspired from Kerala style of cooking with coconut and fresh curry leaves. It would have tasted more flavorful with freshly grated coconut but since I don’t have a coconut grater, I had to go with the store bought unsweetened shredded ones. It was still creamy, sweet and the fresh curry leaves added that robust floral flavor.

It’s a great weekday meal as it doesn’t take a lot of prep or cook time and yet, it turns out as one of those special meals.

 

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

 

Coconut Egg Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 2 as main course

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 5 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • oil

Directions

  • Cut the hard-boiled egg in half and rub it lightly with all-purpose flour, salt, turmeric and chili powder. In a pan, heat some oil and fry the eggs for a couple of minutes. Keep it aside once done.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a deep pan or wok. Add cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and allow it to infuse the oil for a minute. Add garlic, ginger and onion. Sprinkle salt and sauté until onion turns light golden brown. Should take about 3 to 4 minutes. Next, add curry leaves, green chili and turmeric powder. Give a stir and pour unsweetened shredded coconut. Add a little bit of water and cook for 2 more minutes. Finally, drop the fried hard-boiled eggs and add garam masala powder. Check for salt and add any, if required. Allow it to cook for a minute more. If it’s too dry and you prefer it with more gravy, add water or coconut milk and continue cooking for a few more minutes.
  • Serve it warm with Indian flat bread or steamed rice.
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Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking

 

Coconut Egg Curry | Playful Cooking



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  1. indugetscooking

    Looks very, very good. Quite the thing I have been wanting to eat for sometime now. We eat this with appams and rice hoppers for breakfast. Yum!

    You can always get the coconut flesh out in chunks, using a knife, and working with a few pieces at a time, give a quick whiz in a processor – maybe 4-5 seconds, if you don’t have a grater. The texture isn’t always as good as the grated version, but it still is fine. (Though if I got shredded coconut from stores, I probably would go for it since it is so convenient)


    • Kankana Saxena

      Thanks for the tip! Got a huge coconut, hope I can crack it successfully instead of making a huge mess :)


  2. Shumaila

    I don’t know what it is with egg curry, but everywhere I am going I am either hearing about a friend eating it, or somebody making it or you posting about it. It’s like its calling out to me to make it. Maybe I should listen to all these signs. Haven’t had a kerala version of egg curry, but sounds interesting. Love the green background!


  3. Rosa

    A scrumptious curry! Those flavors are just fantastic and eggs pair so well with them.

    Lovely pictures!

    Cheers,

    Rosa


  4. papori

    You r a born chef dear. I just love eggs n i’ll surely try this recipie.


  5. nags

    yum! i have never dried this with coconut, only coconut milk!


  6. Nik@ABrownTable

    How delicious, this is very similar to the way my mom and her family make it!


  7. Little Kitchie

    My husband is the same way about eggs! He can never get enough. I bet he (and I!) would love this!


  8. Nusrat Azim

    Drop dead gorgeous egg curry ! Who wouldn’t fight over that? :)


  9. Grandbaby Cakes

    I have never wanted something so much! This sounds so incredible!! And looks amazing!


  10. Lan | morestomach

    this is just so lovely! i once made a tomato based curry with hard boiled eggs and it was nice, but this, this is definitely something i could tuck into.


  11. Ash- foodfashionpart

    I agree, it’s a simple dish which turns out to be a Special MEAL. Your pictures look perfect..


  12. Eva | A in C

    This sounds so wonderfully flavorful and comforting. Such beautiful photos, as always, Kankana!


  13. dixya

    I am the same way with eggs although I havent tried this Kerela version. Its always a delightful addition to the table :)


  14. Nami JustOneCookbook

    When the recipe name says coconut I always assume it’s coconut milk, but I’m surprised to find unsweetened shredded coconut! I love coconut and always have the shredded coconut. I have all the ingredients and really love to try this curry. I eat Japanese curry with boiled eggs too. :) Great combination and so tasty. Maybe that’s why I’m extra attracted to Indian version! :)


  15. Radhika Vasanth

    Having a bowl of rice and egg curry is so comforting especially when the better half makes it. I always grind coconut with other masalas but never tried adding it as is.


  16. Sukhdev Singh Khalsa

    Loved it..I am going to try…


  17. Eha

    Have never made an egg curry this way and I do wonder why! It sounds absolutely scrumptious and is so easy to prepare . . . all I can say is ‘thank you’ and I am going to try it this week acomin’ :) ! Methinks atop some rice!!


  18. easyfoodsmith

    Absolutely love Egg Curry. It is one of our favourite for a week end night. Coconut version sounds very interesting. Would love to mop it up with a parantha. Yum!


  19. PeachThePeachKitchen

    I love eggs too! But I’ve never tried it in curry form!Will definitely try this one of these days.


  20. dassana

    you are like my hubbs in having eggs any way. even with dry shredded coconut, the curry tastes good.


  21. jehanne

    this is one of the staple for a busy weekday dinner @ our home, but I think I began to appreciate the beauty of this curry when I see your stunning picture! Yet there is always new discovery, and I am gonna try rubbing the eggs with flour, like you did :-)


    • Kankana Saxena

      Thanks :) Rubbing the egg with flour give that crust when you fry it and avoid the egg yolk from falling apart!


  22. Foodess

    Are you from Kerala, Kankana? That’s where my hubby’s from, and he often reminisces about his mom’s egg curry! Will definitely try yours…


    • Kankana Saxena

      I am from Kolkata(east of India) and my husband from Lucknow(north of India) but we both love south Indian food and so I keep trying :) I am sure his mom’s egg curry would taste much better than mine. You should share her recipe, I would love to try!


  23. Kiran

    I love coconut in curries and egg curry is no exception — this looks heavenly, Kankana :)


  24. Abbe@This is How I C

    Such a beautiful simple recipe. I would have never thought of frying hard boiled eggs. I can smell them now!


  25. Mallika

    So I have a fresh coconut and a glut of eggs (don’t ask). What were the chances?? Am making this tonight. Will keep you posted. Thanks so much for sharing!