This is really known as “curry eggs” and when potato is added it’s called “curry eggs and aloo”, but I just had to give it a more dignified name. For those of you who’ve never had this, you’re probably debating the use of eggs in a curry, but trust me – it’s wonderful. After posting a teaser on the facebook fan page it was clear that quite a few people (even those from the islands) have never experienced this dish. Some had reservations about the eggs and curry combination, while others raved about how tasty a meal this can be. I have to agree with the tasty verdict.
4 boiled eggs
1/2 onion sliced
2 cloves garlic sliced thin (or crushed)
1/2 tomato sliced
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
dash of black pepper
1/4 hot pepper (I used habanero)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
salt to taste (less than 1/4 teaspoon)
* When using hot peppers you can minimize the heat factor by not using the seeds.
*NOTE! You’ll notice that I placed this post within the vegetarian section. I did some research online and found that some vegetarians do eat eggs and dairy, so to avoid any nasty emails and comments… if you’re a vegetarian and don’t partake in eggs please accept my apologies for posting this within this section. Sadly, I do receive hate mail for simple things like this.
Prepare the onion, hot pepper, garlic, scallion and tomato and set aside. Then put the eggs to boil. Here’s a tip I got from Caron when she makes her pasta salad and boils eggs – you’ll get perfectly boiled eggs every time. Put the eggs to boil on a medium to high flame (cover eggs with cold water and bring to a boil), then as soon as it comes to a vigorous boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it stand in there for 10-12 minutes.
Heat the oil in a sauce pan on medium/high heat, then add the sliced onion and garlic and allow to cook for a few minutes. Until they go soft, release their aromatic oils and stars to brown on the edges. Then turn down the heat to medium /low and add the curry powder and slices of hot pepper (if you need some good madras curry powder, check out the store – where you can find tons of Caribbean goodies) and stir. Allow this to cook for about 3-4 minutes, so the curry won’t have a “raw” taste to it.
The next step is to add the water and give it a good stir and bring it up to a gentle simmer. Then add the slices of tomato and scallion and top off with the eggs. Cut the eggs in half before adding and be very gentle at this point forward, since the eggs will fall apart easily. Add the salt and black pepper at this point as well.
On low heat, cover the pot and allow to cook for abut 4-5 minutes, so the sauce thickens and all the flavors get a chance to marry together. If you find that the sauce is a bit runny, cook for an extra minute or two with the pot uncovered.
I usually enjoy this with roti and/or fry bake (see the recipe search tool on the top right side of the page for those recipes), but it’s just as tasty on a bun (sandwich), with sliced bread or any other way you enjoy your curry. Probably makes a great topping for rice, but my thing is roti.
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