Just last week I ate an egg curry at my husband’s uncle’s place. Being Sri Lankan, he used coconut milk as the base for the curry sauce. It was incredibly delicious, and I kept going back for more. So, I had to have a go at making it!
Before this, I only really had egg curries made in a tomato base — that’s how my mum makes it, and, so, that’s how I ever made it. In this version, however, I pay homage to my husband’s and my heritage by combining the two flavours. A coconutty, tomatoey curry sauce — YUM.
If you’re vegan or have egg allergies, you can make this curry using small button or Swiss brown (Portobello) mushrooms instead. If the mushrooms are small enough, you can leave them whole, or slice them in half. You shouldn’t have to miss out on this delicious sauce (see variations below).
- 8 organic, pastured eggs
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 8 curry leaves, torn (optional)
- 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 small knob (15 g) ginger, finely grated
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 chillies, finely diced
- spice mix: 1 tsp each roasted and ground cumin and coriander, and 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- sea salt, to taste
Boil eggs until they are semi-hard (about 7–8 minutes). Then plunge in cool water and peel. Set aside.
Over medium heat in a heavy-based pot, heat the coconut oil and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds begin to pop, add the curry leaves if using (you can get them in an Indian grocery store). Next, add in the onions and sauté until translucent. Then add the ginger, garlic and chillies. Stir continuously for a minute, before adding the spice mix and tomato paste. Continue to dry fry for about 2 minutes and pour in the coconut milk. Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer and pop in the eggs.
Allow the curry to simmer for about 3–5 minutes. If the sauce is getting too thick for your liking add some freshly boiled water. Season to your taste, and enjoy with some brown or Basmati rice and a large side of steamed greens or salad.
Instead of boiled eggs, add to the sauce:
Vegan — 2 cups of small button mushrooms and cook for 3–5 minutes
Pescatarian — 400g white-fleshed, sustainable fish (ling and snapper work well), diced into 2 cm cubes. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Conscientious carnivore — 400g chicken breast (from ethically raised chickens), diced into 2cm cubes. Cook for about 5 minutes. Make sure chicken is fully cooked.