Dear hard boiled eggs. We’ve come a long way, you and I. A couple years ago I wouldn’t even consider allowing you to pass through my lips. And now you’re one of my go-to spinach salad toppings. I also like to cut you lengthwise and stuff you with glorified tuna salad and use you as a protein in Asian curries.
I was so wrong about you.
You really are the incredible, edible egg.
Because I missed out on so many good years of eating hard boiled eggs, I’m doing my best to make up for lost time. I tend to make a large batch every week to store in the fridge for salads, which means that if I plan ahead and make a few extra, this egg curry becomes a very quick and easy weeknight meal.
This vegetarian curry combines hard boiled eggs with a highly aromatic sauce that’s made with a sauteed onions, Indian spices and yogurt. So if you’re looking for a hearty vegetarian main dish that’s filling, uses basic ingredients, and is friendly on the wallet, then you’ll want to give this one a shot.
Onion and Yogurt Egg Curry
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
* 4 Tablespoons oil, divided
* 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
* 2 teaspoons ground coriander
* 1-1/2 teaspoons finely minced or grated ginger
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 1 teaspoon cayenne
* 1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt (I prefer the Greek Gods brand)
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon sugar
* 8 hard boiled eggs, cut in half lengthwise
* 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
Heat three Tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion turns golden brown. Add the coriander, ginger, garlic, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne and cook, stirring frequently, for about one or two minutes or until the mixture turns dark and smells very fragrant.
Reduce heat to low and, while whisking continuously, add the yogurt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens a bit. Add the water, salt and sugar and increase heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat again to low and simmer the sauce to thicken.
While the sauce is simmering, heat the remaining Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the egg halves, placing the cut/flat sides down. When they are begin to turn golden, flip them over and cook another minute or so.
Add the browned eggs to the sauce and them simmer the mixture for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and for the eggs to heat through. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve.
Adapted from 5 Spices, 50 Dishes: Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices by Ruta Kahate