Whole eggs in coconut masala (egg molee)
This is a nice, simple vegetarian egg curry with a delicate coconut masala. The whole eggs are fried first then finished off in the curry.
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 6 free-range eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and left whole
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
- 400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
- 2 medium red onions, very thinly sliced
- 4cm/1½in fresh root ginger, finely shredded
- 3 fresh green chillies, thinly sliced, with seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- handful of coriander leaves, chopped
- ½ tsp garam masala
- boiled basmati rice
Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat, add the whole eggs and fry for 1–2 minutes, or until lightly coloured, then add the turmeric and chilli powder and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
Add the onions, ginger, chillies and salt, and simmer for five minutes, or until the coconut milk has reduced in volume by half and the onions are just softened, adding a splash of water if it becomes too thick. Stir in the sugar and coriander and sprinkle with garam masala. Halve the eggs, and serve with rice.