Dimer Dalna (Bengali Egg Curry)

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Dimer Dalna is the ultimate Bengali Egg Curry prepared with boiled eggs that are fried and then cooked with onion, potatoes, tomatoes and earthy spices. It tastes best with rice but occasionally I don’t even mind it with Indian bread on the side. Often this dish is prepared with duck eggs but I went with just our everyday favorite chicken eggs. The curry barely takes 30 minutes from start to finish and it’s a hearty comforting meal you will enjoy any day!

Boiling eggs is probably the first thing I learnt to do on my own in the kitchen. But for a very long time, I couldn’t peel it perfect. And for this basic Dimer Dalna, you need perfectly peeled boiled eggs.

Full Proof method to hard boil eggs and peel perfectly for this Dimer Dalna!

I have been following this method for several years now and it works wonderfully.

  • Drop the eggs in cold water and bring the water to a boil. Then, switch off the gas and cover the pan for 12 minutes.
  • Take ice water or cold tap water in a bowl and drop the boiled eggs. Crack the eggs and place it back in the bowl for a few seconds. The water slips in and releases the shell from the egg, making it very easy to peel.

For Dimer Dalna, boiled eggs are fried before adding to the gravy. Don’t fry more than 1 minute, as it would change the texture of the egg, making it hard and rubbery.

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What goes in this Dimer Dalna?

Spices: Cinnamon, bay leaf, clove and cardamom is added in the beginning of the cooking. A mix of ground spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander powder and fennel) goes in the gravy.

Onion, Tomato, Garlic and Ginger: Like most Indian egg curries, the combination of onion, tomatoes, garlic and ginger goes in.

Potatoes: We Bengalis love adding potatoes to everything so how can we miss it out in Dimer Jhol! Also the potatoes add a love starch to the gravy making it s very comforting.

Egg curry is extremely popular in India and every region has it’s own version. While I can happily go for any version of egg curry, for me this Bengali Style Egg Curry will always be the favorite.

Dimer Dalna

Dimer Dalna

Dimer Dalna

Bengali Egg Curry (Dimer Dalna)

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Dimer Dalna is the ultimate Bengali Egg Curry prepared with boiled eggs that are fried and then cooked with onion, potatoes, tomatoes and earthy spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder
  • 3 green chili
  • 1 teaspoon Bengali Garam Masala

Instructions

  1. Depending on the size of the potato you could slice in big cubes or bite size wedges. dimer dalna step 01
  2. Thinly slice the onion dimer dalna step 02
  3. Pound the garlic and ginger with a pinch of salt. dimer dalna step 03
  4. In a bowl mix ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon fennel powder with 2 tablespoons water. dimer dalna step 04
  5. In a bowl add the boiled eggs along with ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon turmeric. Toss it around to coat the spices to the egg. dimer dalna step 05
  6. Place a pan at medium heat and pour 1 tablespoon oil. Drop the potatoes, sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Mix it around and let it cook for 5 minutes. Take it off the pan once it’s done. dimer dalna step 06
  7. To the same pan, drop the eggs and stir it around. Let it fry for 2 minutes. (Don't fry for too long or else it can taste like rubber). Take it off the pan once done. dimer dalna step 07
  8. To the same pan pour 1 teaspoon oil and add the whole spices (bay leaf, clove, cinnamon stick and cardamoms). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar (this gives a gorgeous color to the gravy) dimer dalna step 08
  9. Drop the sliced onion and ¼ teaspoon salt. Add the garlic and ginger, stir it around. Drop the spice paste and mix it around. Cook for 1 minute. step 09
  10. Drop the tomatoes and the fried potatoes. Stir it around, cover the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes. step 10
  11. Pour 1 cup water and the fried boiled eggs and three green chili. Simmer for 5 minutes. step 11
  12. Finally add the Bengali Garam Masala, stir around and cook for 1 minute. Check for salt and add any if needed. step 12
  13. Serve the curry warm with rice or bread. step 13

Here are few other Egg Curries you will love to try!

Dimer Kalia – Sweet Savory Bengali Egg Curry

Spicy Egg Curry

Coconut Egg Curry

Dim Shorshe (Creamy Mustard Egg Curry)

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  • Neil
    Neil
    August 11, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    I’ve never had an egg curry before and this looks delicious. As a big curry fan I really should give an egg curry a go. So. I hope to make this one Sunday (which is our curry day). Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Kankana.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:52 AM

      I am sure you will love this curry Neil. It’s easy and I find it quite balanced too with protein and carb.

  • John @ Kitchen Riffs
    John @ Kitchen Riffs
    August 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    I love eggs in curries! This look excellent — wonderful flavor, and look great. Thanks!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    August 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    This egg curry looks so flavorful and delicious!! I absolutely love that it’s quick and easy to prepare!! This is a 30 minute meal I can totally get behind! Yummy!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM

      I am all about quick meals 🙂 I hope you will give this a try Cheyanne!

  • David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced
    August 12, 2019 at 5:18 AM

    Duck eggs would be a challenge to find around here, so I’m glad chicken eggs work as well. Egg curry sounds super interesting and super delicious! I totally want to try this one out…excellent comfort food!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM

      I can’t even remember when was the last time I had duck eggs LOL! Chicken eggs are just fine for any egg curries 🙂

  • Haylie / Our Balanced Bowl
    Haylie / Our Balanced Bowl
    August 12, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    I’ve never had this dish but boy does it look flavorful and delicious! The photos are gorgeous as well. Yum!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM

      That means so much Haylie, Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Kelly | Foodtasia
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    August 12, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Kankana, my family would love this egg curry! It looks so delicious! I really like the addition of the potatoes. Great tips on boiling and peeling eggs – I definitely need that!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:55 AM

      Thanks Kelly! It’s quite a balanced meal too with protein and carb. Kids love egg curries 🙂 Glad the peeling tip helped.

  • Easyfoodsmith
    Easyfoodsmith
    August 13, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    It was at my in-laws that I saw for the first time, eggs being fried for making the egg curry. My mother used to add them straight away to the curry. My mother-in-law makes it similar to yours sans potatoes.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:56 AM

      Ahh! Yes not many egg curries calls for frying the boiled eggs. My Mom always did that and so I kept following the same. It does help the sauce sticking to the eggs instead of sliding off when you add just boiled eggs.

  • Marissa
    Marissa
    August 13, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    This curry is new to me and looks absolutely wonderful!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:56 AM

      Thanks so much Marissa! I hope you will try 🙂

  • Balvinder
    Balvinder
    August 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the the bengali way of frying the eggs before adding to the curry , the recipe is amazing and the pictures are beautiful!! Excellent!!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM

      Thanks a lot Balvinder 🙂

  • jeff the Chef
    jeff the Chef
    August 15, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Thanks for this delicious-looking recipe. And thanks also for the egg peeling tip. I always have a hard time with that, and could use any new ideas!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:57 AM

      The egg peeling tip always works for me, glad you find it useful too 🙂

  • lisaiscooking
    lisaiscooking
    August 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    I’ve never made an egg curry, and now I can’t wait to try. Looks so good!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM

      Oh really! Than you definitely need to try making soon. It’s a delicious easy curry to make.

  • angiesrecipes
    angiesrecipes
    August 15, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    I love curry, but still haven’t tried one with whole eggs. This looks so flavourful and moreish.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM

      Oh it’s quite a treat with the whole eggs 🙂 I hope you will try it Angie!

  • Arpita
    Arpita
    August 16, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Dim fan here.. Dalna looks absolutely scrumptious. Can polish off my whole bowl of rice with this curry.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM

      Dim fan here too 🙂 And nothing beats bongo style egg curry!

  • Veronica
    Veronica
    August 17, 2019 at 4:40 AM

    The spiciness of the curry is complemented with the plain rice perfectly and the eggs in this makes it really healthy, this bengali egg curry is simply scrumptious!