Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Simple Egg Masala

The Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey made a visit to the DC area over the spring break. The kids enjoyed the show a lot and DD was so happy she even made a poem.


Boiled eggs in a tomato and onion gravy is a simple and quick dish to make whenever in a need of a quick side dish with minimum amount of work. It pairs up well with pretty much anything - rice, chapatis or even dosai.

1. 4 Hard boiled Eggs
2. 1/2 Red Onion sliced lengthwise and then cut in half
3. 1 tomato chopped fine
4. 1 tbsp tomato paste
5. 1/2 tbsp grated ginger + 1/2 tbsp of grated or finely chopped garlic
6. 1 tsp cumin powder
7. 1 tsp chicken masala or any masala powder
8. 2 tsp chili powder
9. salt to taste
10. coriander leaves for garnish


1. In a wide mouthed pan, heat oil and add the onions and saute till translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a coupe of minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes and salt and cook till tomatoes are soft.
3. Now add the powders , mix and saute for a minute
4. Add the ginger and saute for a minute more
5. Now add the tomato paste with 2-3 tbsp of water and let it cook till the raw smell disappears.
6. Check for salt. Switch off the heat
7. Cut the eggs in half and place on the tomato gravy
8. Spoon gravy on top.


  1. ISG, the colors of this dish are gorgeous! I love love love eggs. Sometimes I take out the yolks so I can eat more without guilt ;) Usually I see egg curry in a more liquid gravy -- this is a nice change. You use chicken masala fairly often -- have never bought that. Is there a special different ingredient in there? Just curious (and too lazy to go look it up online myself ;) )

  2. Hey, same pinch! ;) We had egg masala too - a slightly diff. recipe. yummy!

    And thanks for asking. Things are getting better.

  3. looks so spicy and must have tasted wonderful

  4. Spicy n yumm..I make this often too..

  5. wow..iam drooling here..will try this..

  6. ISG, that surely puts up egg-droolometer!

  7. gorgeous colour of that gravy indo. and i liked the simplicity of this recipe:)

  8. Linda, the tomato paste does the trick :) The kids seem to prefer this over the liquid gravy but eggs will put a smile on their faces any time.
    I like Chicken Masala powder compared to Garam Masala because the GM is a bit more pungent. It is very similar to Curry Masala, buy them but easy to make too (Ingr. coriander seeds, cumin, cloves, cinnmon,pepper, chili, turmeric).

    Kay, glad to hear that, hopefully will see more of you! they are yummy life savers any time aren't they.

    Dhivya, it definitely did, this one was not very spicy but ofcourse you can make it as spicy as you want.

    Divya Vikram, oh yes, I bet every cook has a slight variation of this dish in their arsenal :)

    Lavi I know exactly what you are talking about.

    Purnima :) ofcourse the drool gets you before you taste it.

    Sia, you can whip this up in record time.

  9. I love eggs made like this.
    At home we used toeat them with appom

  10. Hi... i love egg masala... Urs have turned out so good... Love the presentation....

  11. Its my fav one. I make this once in a week. Love the pic. Mouthwatering recipe.

  12. Nice Entry. lovely recipe. i will try this sometime.

  13. Am totally mesmerized by the colors in the last pic! Looks awesome, Indo. Your egg masala is similar to mine, too. Will have to try your version too! :)

  14. simple yet tasty! nice idea ISG!:)

  15. Wow! beautiful colors. I visited your blog last night, dont remember if I left a comment, but came back today to look at the recipe. Cooking egg masala as we speak

  16. Yummy... I have watched Ringling Brothers once, before S came into picture though.
    Somehow I like the Indian circus better, the trapeze shows were more heart stopping then. What say ?

  17. Exactly like amma makes it. Ofcourse she did not use tomato paste back then and used sambar powder.

    This is part of my comfort food to eat with paruppu/rasam sadam --

    drrrooooling - The color looks gorgeous...

  18. Your pic is great!!! I am sure it tasted as good as it looked :)

  19. What a fabulous looking and sounding dish. I could probably eat spicy egg dishes every single day! I'll have to try your version of egg masala soon.

  20. Indo, those are perfectly boiled eggs and like Linda says, the colours are very appealing and appetizing.

  21. Beautifully presented, ISG! Love the thick gravy too.

  22. even i use to prepare this only thing i add mint leaves, i never tried it with chicken masala


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