Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hard-Boiled Eggs Masala : IHCC

"Potluck" is this week's theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), where we are cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's recipes. I made Hard Boiled Eggs Masala last week to eat with the Naan Bread from my previous MJ's post.

This Eggs Masala is very easy to make. A very nice dish, even though I find it a little sour. Next time I am going to omit the lemon juice altogether. As usual, I have increased the spices and since it was only for my hubby and myself, I have added more chilli powder for added kick.

There was some leftover,  and I had it with some white rice. I think it goes much better with the rice than the bread.

And of course, lots of chopped cilantro for me!

Hard-Boiled Eggs Masala with Naan Bread


Please do stop by IHCC to see what the others are bringing for the Potluck!

Hard-Boiled Eggs Masala
(adapted from :, Madhur Jaffrey)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (2 tsp chilli powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric (1 tsp)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (2 tsp)
1 teaspoon ground coriander (2 tsp)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
fresh ground pepper, to taste (1/4 tsp)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon  cumin seeds (1 tsp)
5 tablespoons onions, peeled and finely chopped (2 medium)
1 tablespooon fresh ginger, finely chopped (3 tablespoons)
1 cup canned tomatoes, chopped (1 can)
1/4 teaspoon sugar (to taste)
3-4 tablespoons fresh cilantro
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into halves lengthwise

  1. Combine turmeric, cayenne, ground cumin, coriander, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl. Mix.
  2. Put oil in medium-sized, nonstick pan and set over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, put in cumin seeds, 10 seconds later, add onion and ginger.
  3. Stir and fry till onion turns medium brown.
  4. Add spice paste.
  5. Stir and cook for 15 seconds.
  6. Add tomatoes and sugar and bring to a simmer.
  7. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cilantro. Stir once or twice.
  9. Lay the cut eggs into the sauce and spoon over more sauce over them. Cover and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes.


  1. Sure looks really delicious and yummy. Gotta try it one day...with all those spices I bet it must be very aromatic.

  2. This dish look appetising! Great you had made masala from scratch, I can refer it next time, I always use the ready mix version as it is too handy but would like to try to make it from scracth one day! Thanks

  3. Hi Joyce, this is definitely a dish more for rice than bread... the gravy must be very yummy looking at the spices used. Like!

  4. Hi Joyce!

    Oh how I would love to sop up even just the leftovers from this dish. It sounds so yummy and perhaps even easy enough for me to attempt!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  5. Very lovely Joyce, I've never thought to use hard boiled eggs in this type of dish. I've got a load of Indian recipes posting over the next week, I hope you can drop by and take a boo.

  6. Mouthwatering here, droolworthy egg masala.

  7. I would like this with rice for sure! Great recipe, Joyce!

  8. Wow, making the masala from scratch, that sounds like a lot of work. But I think the end result is just worth it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Joyce,
    A very appetizing dish.
    I can have 2 bowls of rice with this..:p

  10. Yummy! I love eggs anyhow you cooked them but especially in curries:D Drooling!

  11. This hard-boiled egg dish is one that I've been wanting to make for ages. I will take your advice on omitting the lemon as I feel that it doesn't really go with the egg. This look so comforting and delicious!

  12. Hi Joyce, this makes my mouth water. Love hard boiled eggs in spicy sauce, yummy. Best with nasi lemak :)

  13. I agree this dish does great with rice (I'm a rice lover, hence the bias)! Love the egg, love the spiciness of the sauce!

  14. Looks good, Joyce! Perfect for a curry and egg lover like me :)

  15. It sure looks very appetizing ! I agree , serving this with rice is so much better :D Love the aromatics that you've used .... I really need to buy that mortar and pestle ! lol

  16. looking at the picture of the masala gravy, i think i can mop the gravy clean! yumm! if this is a real potluck, i'm sure this will be finished very quickly by everyone!

  17. Lemon with egg does sound a little odd. I'll have to remember this dish for meatless nights. I know we would enjoy the masala.

  18. A very comforting and delicious egg dish. I love it too.

  19. Yeah! Looks so sedaplicious & mouth watering! I've been waiting for this recipe ! LOL Now I can give it a try next week; Yes, me & my weekly meal planning again! LOL

  20. Looks great, Joyce. I love Egg Curry - one of my favourites (brings back lots of childhood comfort-food memories - so I can't wait to give this version a try.