Anda Curry (Egg Curry)…My way!

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Anda Curry is one of Piyush’s favorite dinners.  It’s inexpensive, incredibly quick to throw together and is super simple to make! In fact, it’s so easy that Piyush is usually the one who makes this dish for himself–although his recipe is completely different than mine.  He likes his curries “watery” and I prefer mine thick.  Tomato, Tuhmahto. 

The hardest part to this curry is cooking the eggs, and even that is easy if you know a few tricks.

Would you believe me if I told you that I couldn’t successfully hard-boil an egg to save my life?  It’s true.  I’ve tried, and I always fail.  It’s all about the timing, and unfortunately my timing is horribly skewed.

Sometimes the eggs would be nearly raw.  Other times they would be so overcooked that the yolk would be green!  Mmm…appetizing!

It wasn’t until I tried steaming the eggs that I was finally successful!

steamed eggs

I place the eggs in the top portion of a steamer pot (I use a really cheap pot found at my local Asian market) and fill the bottom portion with water.  Then I toss the lid on the pot, turn the heat to medium-high and set the timer to 18 minutes.

I walk away and forget them.  Once the timer goes off, I remove the eggs from the steamer and run cold water over them.  I then peel off the shells–which actually come off a lot easier than if I were to boil them.

egg shells

Then I’m left with beautifully cooked eggs!  Steaming the eggs also seems to keep the yolk from turning green…another bonus!

Look at those beautiful, orange yolks.  Farm-fresh eggs are much more rich in color (and taste) than store-bought.

Look at those beautiful, orange yolks. Farm-fresh eggs are much more rich in color (and taste) than store-bought.

I cut the eggs in wedges–any shape will do, really–and smash a couple yolks to thicken up the curry later.

smashed egg yolk

I suppose you wouldn’t have to add smashed yolks, but I like the richness and creaminess that it adds to the curry.  Piyush says it reminds him of Afghan cuisine more than Indian.  I’m not real sure about that, but I will say it’s dang delicious…whatever it is!

Once I have all my ingredients prepped, I toss a little mustard oil in my dutch oven.  You could use regular oil or ghee, but I like the flavor the mustard oil adds to the dish.

Available at most Indian grocers

Available at most Indian grocers

I also toss in a few black mustard seeds, for good measure.  Once the seeds begin to crackle, I tip in the onions and cook until they become soft and lightly browned.

onions cookingGinger and ground spices are added to the onions and cooked until they become really fragrant.  Then the potatoes join the party.

curryEverything cooks together until the potatoes are softened and lightly golden.

making curryThen I toss in a bit of sugar.  Not too much, just enough to add a subtle sweetness to the dish.

sugar in curryFinally the tomatoes are tipped in

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and smashed egg yolks are added…

egg yolk curryI stirred everything together and made a really nice, thick “paste” out of the ingredients.

egg curry paste

Then I add a little water to the curry and toss in the sliced eggs.

egg anda curry

The curry will be pretty watery, but fear not!  I bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the gravy thickens to my liking.

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I hope you enjoy the recipe!  If you try it, let me know your thoughts…I’d love to hear how it turned out for you.

Also, I’ve got to mention that soon I will be in India! 

If you’d like to follow along on my adventures, be sure to follow My Fancy Pantry on Facebook and Twitter!  You can also follow me on Instagram @sharimukherjee.

I’m not sure how my internet connection will be, but I will try to update both My Fancy Pantry and my new blog, Addicted to India (still in it’s beginning stages) as much as possible!

I’m so excited to share the food and culture with you all!  I’m also excited to introduce you to Piyush’s family!

Speaking of Piyush’s family, my mother-in-law and father-in-law are both excellent cooks.  If you have any suggestions of dishes I should learn or new recipes you’d love to see on the blog, leave them in the comments below.  Maybe I can even convince them to let me shoot some cooking videos…

Shari’s Anda Curry Recipe

Egg curry

Serves 4-6

This recipe uses a lot of ground spices, but don’t let that scare you.  You probably have most of the spices in your cupboard already! The curry is extremely rich, creamy and delicious.  It’s simple enough for a weeknight dinner and sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party.  That’s right.  I called an egg curry sophisticated.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp. black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 potatoes- boiled, peeled and diced
  • 10 eggs- steamed (or hard boiled) and sliced
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/16 tsp. ground cardamom
  • small pinch of chili powder- to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. corriander powder
  • 1 tbsp. kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) *may leave out if you can’t find
  • 1/2 c. tomatoes (I use diced, stewed canned roma tomatoes)
  • small sprinkle of sugar
  • lemon juice- as needed
  • salt and black pepper- to taste
  • Fresh corriander (cilantro)- to garnish

Directions:

  • Smash two whole egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add mustard oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot (like a dutch oven) and heat over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, tip in the onions.
  • Cook the onions until slightly translucent and then add in the ginger. Allow the ginger to cook a minute or so, until the raw smell disappears. Add the diced potatoes and cook until they begin to take on some color. About 5 minutes, or so.
  • Add the cinnamon, clove, cardamom, chili powder, bay leaves, turmeric, garam masala, corriander powder and dried fenugreek leaves. Allow to cook for a couple minutes until the spices become fragrant and the mixture begins to dry up. Add the tomatoes.
  • Cook the mixture until the tomatoes break down then add a little sugar and the smashed egg yolk. Stir to combine. Once everything is combined really well and the mixture begins to form a paste add some water (around 1 cup) and bring to a boil.
  • Once the mixture begins to boil and thicken slightly, add the sliced steamed (or hard boiled) eggs and season with salt and black pepper. Add a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice and garnish with freshly chopped corriander (cilantro).
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31 thoughts on “Anda Curry (Egg Curry)…My way!

  1. That other cook...

    i have no idea what this may taste like but I’m sure it is pretty amazing! Im not too familiar with indian cuisine, and curry can be a bit too intense for my taste, but I guess like anything else, it can be adjusted to personal liking. Your photos are so beautiful. thanks for posting this! One day, I will feel adventurous enough to try this!

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    1. Shari Post author

      Thank you for the comment and the kind words! You are right, Indian cuisine can be quite intense! Any of the recipes can be toned down to suit your tastes, and a lot of time cutting back on the chili will do the trick.

      I do hope you give it a go someday! 🙂

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    1. Shari Post author

      You should! Not only is it quite delicious and filling, but it’s also on the frugal side!!! …assuming you have most of the spices. 😀

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  2. kholzhauer

    This looks amazing. Definitely a must-try on the days where my curry-hating significant other is out of town. I’ve never thought to steam eggs, either. I’ve got hard boiling down to a science, but before I figured out a technique that works for me, it was exploding eggs and raw yolks everywhere!

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    1. Shari Post author

      I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one who had exploding eggs and raw yolks! LOL …I guess we all have our downfalls. 😉 Your sig-other hates curry? 😦 Maybe they just haven’t had a GOOD curry?

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  3. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    Yummm, egg curries are the best! I’m going to show this to my fiancee Paula and see if she would eat it (since she’s an onion-texture-hater, though she enjoys egg curries otherwise). My favorite Indian egg curry that I used to make all the time before I met her called for an entire onion, thinly sliced (but not diced) and the onion texture made up the bulk of the curry (+ spices & eggs), so she would hate that, but I think we’d both love yours! 🙂

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    1. Shari Post author

      Allison,
      I hope Paula would give it a try. Maybe if you blended the sauce before adding the egg yolks (so the onions were pulverized)…would that help?

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  4. д§mд

    It looks pretty interesting, I have never made curry in this fashion may be next time 🙂 In pakistan potato and egg curry is considered to be a bachleor’s dish i.e., boys/men living alone make this kind of dish. When I got married and had to take over the kitchen, after trying out the 2-3 dishes i knew how to cook already, I made potato and egg curry (after looking at an online recipe) and for the first time got to know how the curry’s look is generated 🙂

    Definitely trying out this version since I’m an avid egg eater 😀

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    1. Shari Post author

      Asma,
      I hope you enjoy my version! It must be bachelor food as it is the only curry Piyush will ever make (knows how to make?)! 🙂

      Reply
  5. easyfoodsmith

    Awesome anda curry there! I am so pleased to see you using mustard oil. I love to use this oil as it perks up the flavors of the dish quite a few notches up. Mashing the yolk and adding it to the curry is a brilliant idea.

    Reply

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