Egg Kurma (Egg Korma)

Updated: August 4, 2022, By Swasthi

Make this Egg Korma for a change and you will love this for everything – for the creamy texture, spicy flavor and taste. Korma also known as kurma is a South Asian curried dish made with meat/veggies, spices, nuts, seeds and yogurt. Dishes like Chicken Korma and Vegetable Kurma are much popular in the Indian cuisine. In this post I share an easy variation of the same but made with hard boiled eggs.

Egg Kurma - Korma

Egg Korma features hard boiled eggs simmered in a gravy made with onions, tomatoes, yogurt/coconut/poppy seeds and nuts. Whole spices are the star of any kurma and this one also uses them in the tempering. However if you dislike them, you may omit and use more ground spices. But let me tell you there is nothing as good as a korma simmered with whole spices.

I make boiled egg curry often at home and my family loves variation. Like the Punjabi Dhaba Egg curry, Aloo anday and the chettinad egg curry, this egg korma also gets its turn to be on rotation. I make this with bagara rice or peas pulao for a complete and easy meal.

This egg kurma recipe is very doable because you have plenty of options to substitute the ingredients that aren’t easily available to you. Like for example – you can use raw grated coconut and cashews. If you don’t want to use coconut, substitute with yogurt or you can use a little poppy seed paste and yogurt. So it is up to you to experiment and use what you have in hand.

We always love mint leaves in a korma/ kurma because the flavors are classic. But cilantro/ coriander leaves too go well. I have not used curry leaves. If you want you may use them along with the whole spices in the tempering. They add a different flavor profile.

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Potato kurma
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How to make Egg Kurma (Stepwise Photos)

1. Boil the eggs, remove the shells and make few incisions randomly and set aside. Heat oil in a pan, add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, jeera or shahi jeera and bay leaf. I used it along with the other spice powders later. Do not use too many spices if you are making this to go with a biryani, stick on to the quantity mentioned in the recipe.

saute spices in oil

2. When the spices begin to sizzle, add finely chopped onions and green chili.

frying onions in oil

3. Saute until the onions turn golden and add ginger garlic paste. Saute till the raw smell disappears.

frying ginger garlic paste

4. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Saute until the tomatoes turn mushy. While the tomatoes cook, make a fine paste of raw coconut/yogurt, cashews & fennel seeds. If using coconut, add a splash of water to grind. Set the paste aside till we need it.

frying tomatoes

5. Add garam masala and chili powder.

addition of spice powders for egg kurma recipe

6. Mix and saute until the masala smells aromatic.

sauteing onion masala

7. Add the cashew paste.

addition of ground coconut paste

8. Saute until it begins to smell good. This step takes about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of your paste.

sauteing coconut masala

9. Add mint and saute well for 2 to 3 mins. Pour water and mix well to make a gravy. Bring it to a rolling boil and simmer until thick. Add the boiled eggs. You can also fry the eggs in ghee at the beginning and add them to the pan now. Fried eggs do lend a nice flavor to the korma.

addition of water to make egg korma

10. Simmer until you see traces of oil on top. Taste test and adjust salt or garam masala. If you want add little black pepper. Add coriander leaves and switch off.

thickened egg korma sauce

Serve Egg kurma with rice, roti, biryani, parotta and pulav.

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Egg Kurma - Egg Korma

Egg Kurma (Egg Korma)

4.97 from 27 votes
Make this creamy, delicious and flavor-packed korma made with hardboiled eggs. Serve it over rice, pulao, biryani or with roti, paratha.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 4 to 6 eggs , boiled
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¾ cup onions , finely chopped , (2 medium)
  • 1 green chili , Slit
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • cup tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • salt as needed
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • ½ to 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 to 1½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsps mint leaves or pudina finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves or cilantro finely chopped

Whole spices

  • 1 bay leaf , small
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon piece or dalchini
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 strand mace , thin
  • 1 star anise , small
  • ½ tsp shahi jeera or jeera / cumin

to grind (or use half cup fresh curd)

  • 3 tbsp raw coconut , chopped coconut pieces or grated
  • 8 cashews or 2 tbsps poppy seeds
  • ¾ tsp fennel seeds



  • To a grinder jar, add cashews, coconut and fennel. Blend with little water to a thick paste. If using yogurt you won't need water.

How to make Egg Kurma

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, jeera, mace and star anise.
  • Add onions & saute until golden. Stir in the ginger garlic paste & saute until aromatic. Stir in the tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Saute until they breakdown and turn mushy.
  • Add mint leaves, chilli powder, garam masala, & coriander powder. Saute until fragrant.
  • Pour water good enough to make a sauce. Simmer and cook until the gravy turns thick. Prick the boiled eggs with a fork a few times and add them to the gravy.
  • Cook until you see traces of oil on top. You can also fry the eggs in 1 tbsp ghee and add it to the kurma. Taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Switch off egg kurma and garnish with coriander leaves.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Egg Kurma (Egg Korma)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 8.6mg10%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swathi!!! We made this egg kurma yesterday for chapathi and it turned out very yummy!! We absolutely loved it!! This is now on our favorite foods list. ???? Thank you very much for this recipe. Have a great day!

Very good.

Can you put cloves in the ingredients list. I followed your recipe as stated here. But at last I saw I missed cloves in the beginning. And you didn’t show when to add garam masala and it’s in the ingredients list. It turned out good. But if follow your recipe just as it is to get perfect results. So it’s a request.
Have a nice day

That’s great. My husband who is a picky eater like every recipe I cook from this website. So I follow your recipes blindly. Cooking sorakaya curry from thos website right now. ??

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Swathi, Adding to the list of already filled comment section. Your recipes are spot on amazing! Had a question, I would love to make this recipe for a large group of people, tried doubling the ingredients but it did not turn out as good. What am
I doing wrong?

Don’t remember actually. It was neither sweet (onion) or sour(tomato). But it tasted different than one made with 4 eggs

That’s awesome! Thank you so much!

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Excellent receipes taste good feel good.

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Hello, this recipe looks great, I just want to confirm that I grind coconut and cashew or coconut and poppy seeds correct? I have tried a couple other recipes of yours and they are fantastic (mushroom curry and gobi 65). Love your site!!

How are u yesterday I try this really good and too easy my husband
Ike this very much thanks for swasthi yummy yummmmmy?

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Yummy egg kurma Swasthi! I love all sorts of egg recipes 🙂

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Yummy yummy

It’s simply easy one I love it thank u