This Chettinaad Egg Curry is full of flavours. The Pepper, curry leaves elevates the taste of the curry. Few points i learned in preparing egg curry are, adding saunf / sombu is a must for tadka / thalippu. adding green chilli, dry red chilli, chilli powder and pepper powder each in small quantity makes the difference in taste. i always love to add curry leaves powder to my curry. it makes the curry thicker also the flavour it gives is amazing.
Shallots / Small Madras Onions / Chinna Vengayam - 6
Garlic / Poondu - 5 pieces
Ginger / Inji - 2' inch long
Green Chilli / Pachai Milagaai - 1 and half
Crush the above in your mixer grinder or with your pestle and mortar. (dont add water to crush)
Red Onion / Periya Vengayam - 1 (finely chopped)
Ripe Tomato / Thakkali - 2 (finely chopped)
Boiled Egg's / Muttai - 4
Butter - 1 tbsp
List of Powder's:
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Chilli Powder / Milagaai Thool - 1/2 tsp
Corriander Powder / Malli Thool - 2 tsp
Pepper Powder / Milagu Thool - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves Powder / karivepillai podi - 1 tsp
For Tadka / Thalippu:
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Saunf / Sombu - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 2
Curry Leaves - 10
Oil - 2 tbsp's
First Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan / Iron skillet. add mustard and let it burst. Now add saunf and curry leaves. add dry red chilli, curry leaves and roast it.
Add the Crushed Shallots-Ginger-Garlic-Green Chilli to the pan and fry till the raw smell of the ginger garlic leaves.
Add finely chopped onion's to the pan and saute them till they turn translucent. add the tomato and fry it along with onion.
Add salt, Turmeric Powder a pinch and mix with the onion-tomato. fry them till they mix togeather.
Add Chilli powder, corriander powder, pepper powder & curry leaves powder one by one and mix with the ingredients in the pan. saute them well, till the oil emits on sides of the pan.
Add Half slitted boiled egg's to the pan and mix with the masala.
Add about one and half cup's of water and let the curry boil for two minutes in slow flame.
Add Butter and close the pan with lid. switch off the flame and let the curry rest on stove for 2 more minutes.
Serve hot with Rice or Dosa.
* I added curry leaves powder little extra. thats why the colour of the curry is different.
* The Crushed shallot-ginger-garlic-green chilli added made the curry different.
* If you wish to add more pepper powder, reduce the green chilli and chilli powder a little.
* Adding Butter at the end is optional. it thickens the curry a little and it gives richness to the curry.