Egg Kurma Recipe | South Indian Style Egg Korma
Egg Kurma Recipe – Kurma or Korma is a saucy dish originated in central Asia and is made of spices, meat, vegetables, yogurt, seeds or nut paste. This simple egg Kurma is roughly adapted from few South Indian recipes that I have already shared.
It pairs very well with any biryani, rice pulao, paratha or even with chapati. When ever I have guests for a meal, I prefer to make this to go with any kind of chicken biryani or veg biryani or even pulao since it is quick if we have boiled eggs ready.
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1. Boil the eggs, remove the shells and make few incisions randomly and set aside.
Blend together coconut & poppy seeds or cashews with little water to a smooth paste.
How to Make South Indian Style Egg Kurma
2. Heat oil in a pan, add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, jeera or shahi jeera and bay leaf. You can also add crushed saunf or fennel seeds. 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.
3. Add finely chopped onions, chilli and fry. Finely chopped yields a good gravy.
4. When the onions turn golden, fry ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes off.
5. Add chopped onions, turmeric and salt. Fry until the tomatoes turn mushy. While the tomatoes cook, make a fine paste of coconut and poppy seeds or cashews. You can also add fennel seeds/saunf to the blender and make a fine paste together using little water. Set the paste aside till we need it.
6. Add garam masala, chili powder and saunf if you have not added at step 2 or 5.
7. Mix and fry until the raw smell of chili powder is gone.
8. Add the coconut paste.
9. Fry until it begins to smell good or it begins to leave the sides of the pan. This step takes about 3 to 5 minutes depending on how thin or thick your paste is.
10. Add pudina. I did not have pudina so did not use. But i suggest using for a good flavor. Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes.
11. Pour water just enough to make a gravy and cook covered on a low flame until slightly thick. Stir in between.
Add the boiled eggs. You can also saute the eggs in oil at step 2 and add them to the pan now. Fried eggs do lend a nice flavor to the korma.
12. After a while the kurma thickens and oil begins to float lightly. Add coriander and switch off.
Egg kurma ready to serve with biryani, parotta and pulav.
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 4 eggs , boiled
- 1 to 1 ½ tbsp oil
- ¾ cup onions , finely chopped , (2 medium)
- 1 green chili , Slit
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1¼ cup tomatoes , roughly chopped
- salt as needed
- 1 pinch turmeric
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp coriander powder (optional)
- ½ tsp roasted fennel seeds powder or saunf powder
- 2 tbsps mint leaves or pudina finely chopped
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves or cilantro finely chopped
- 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 coconut , chopped coconut pieces or grated
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds or 8 cashew nuts
- Add coconut & cashews or poppy seeds to a blender jar. Pour very little water and make a smooth thick paste. If using yogurt just skip this step.
How to make egg kurma
- Saute bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, jeera, mace and star anise in oil until they begin to crackle.
- Then add onions & fry until golden. Saute ginger garlic paste until the raw smell vanishes.
- To the onions add tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Fry until they turn soft.
- Add chilli powder, garam masala, saunf & coriander powder. Fry until fragrant.
- Next add coconut paste and fry until fragrant again. Add in pudina. Saute for a minute.
- Pour water just enough to make a thick gravy. Simmer and cook until the gravy thickens slightly but not too thick.
- Prick the boiled eggs with a fork a few times and add them to the gravy.
- Cook them in the gravy for a while. You can see traces of oil on top when the gravy is done. You can also fry the eggs in 1 tsp ghee and add it to the kurma.
- Switch off egg kurma when the gravy reaches a desired consistency. Garnish with few chopped coriander leaves.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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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!
Glad to know you all loved it. Thank you
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
Thanks for the mention. I have updated it with more details as well. You too 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. ??
So nice to hear that.Thanks a lot. Very glad to know the recipes are helpful.
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?
Thanks for trying. Can you tell me how it tasted?
Don’t remember actually. It was neither sweet (onion) or sour(tomato). But it tasted different than one made with 4 eggs
I altered the recipe a bit. Now you can easily double or even triple the recipe. I also altered the sequence of steps a bit. Please follow the recipe card for details. Hope this helps
That’s awesome! Thank you so much!
Excellent receipes taste good feel good.
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!!
Yes Priya, You are right. You can use coconut and poppy seeds or coconut and cashew. Thanks for trying the recipes. Glad to know they turned out good.
How are u yesterday I try this really good and too easy my husband
Ike this very much thanks for swasthi yummy yummmmmy?
i am fine. Thank you. So glad to know you liked the kurma. Thanks for the feedback
Yummy egg kurma Swasthi! I love all sorts of egg recipes 🙂
It’s simply easy one I love it thank u