Thursday, February 4, 2010

Omlettes in a spicy gravy!

Its February already! Before I realized, January is gone. And February usually goes by fast too, since its a shorter month. Overall, it feels like winter is going super fast this year! By march, the hope for Spring starts, and its manageable even if its cold now and then. I can't wait for Spring already. I haven't been in an elaborative cooking mood lately. One reason, I've been busy finishing up my school assignments for the term and I just had the time to manage with simple dinners for a couple of weeks. Another reason, with the depressed spirits of winter, I'm less energized when I get home with no mood to prepare an elaborative dinner. I actually made this dish a while back, I took the picture and had even started writing a post on it, and then I had almost forgotten this recipe in the last few weeks.

I like eggs and they have a respectable place in my cooking :) They are universal and can be part of any menu -- from breakfast to dinner or desserts. Obviously there are numerous egg recipes in Indian cooking too, and I personally enjoy preparing egg dishes at home the Indian way. It's a time-saver whenever I run out of veggies in my fridge. With just a few regular ingredients, I can quickly put together a simple and glorious dish which can be enjoyed with any main dish like rice, rotis, idlis,dosas etc. Here's one recipe that I've grown up with. Omlettes infused with a spicy coconut gravy. Mom use to make this quite often and I still love it to this day. Though she makes quite a few egg curries, this one tops the list. I don't know where she got this recipe from, but this dish has been always there ever since I was a kid.

The fun part is making the mini omlettes. I can enjoy them just like that :) I make a few omlettes separately for my daughter without the chillies and she enjoys them too.


For Omlettes:
  • Eggs: 4
  • Onion - 1 medium (finely chopped)
  • G.chillies - 3 small (finely chopped)
  • Corriander leaves - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)

For Gravy:

  • Onion - 1 medium
  • Garlic - 4 cloves (medium sized)
  • Tomato - 1 medium
  • Kulambu powder - 1.5 tbsp (you can substitute with 1 tsp chilli powder and 3 tsps of corriander powder)
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 2 tsp
  • Shredded Coconut (fresh/frozen) - 1/2 cup
  • Cashews - 1 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds (kasakasa) - 1 tsp
  • Tamarind juice - 1 cup (or Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp)
  • Curry leaves and Corriander leaves - as required.


  • Soak the cashews and poppy seeds in water for 5 mins.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt until the eggs lose shape and the salt is well mixed.
  • Heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan, add the finely chopped onions, green chillies, corriander leaves and salt, fry until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add this mixture to the beaten eggs. Now make mini omlettes from this egg mixture. I use my paniyaram pan which has cup shaped dents, so I can make mini omlette balls. If you don't have this pan, you can make mini flat omlettes in a regular pan.
  • Cook the omlettes by turning over both sides until they are well cooked. Set them aside.
  • Make a smooth paste of the following - Coconut, 1 tsp fennel seeds, soaked cashews and poppy seeds, 1 clove garlic. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, season with mustard seeds , 1 tsp of fennel seeds. When they splutter, add the chopped onion, chopped garlic and curry leaves. Fry for 2-3 mins.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, kulambu powder and salt, and saute until tomatoes lose shape.
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook the mixture for about 1 whistle. You can also cover and cook in the pan itself for about 12-15 mins until the raw spice smell goes away.
  • Now add the coconut paste and tamarind juice. Let it boil for 5 mins.
  • Finally add the omlettes and boil in low heat for 5 more mins.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves.
  • Let it rest for atleast 30 mins before serving.

Enjoy with steaming white rice!


Soma Pradhan said...

Simply wonderful...speechless abt this recipe...I love eggs...and i must try out this recipe..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely idea of mini omletets in gravy, I too eggs, booked ur recipe!

Priya said...

Delicious dish, i just love this very much..

notyet100 said...

looks perfect for the winters,,,:-)

Asha said...

Love the egg kofta style Omelettes, gravy looks yummy.

Happy Cook said...

I would love to have this with plain rice, just the though makes me drool.

Gita said...

Very different and interesting gravy Sujatha...looks spicy and yummy :)

Cham said...

My granny use to make this one for my tatta. This one is best served with roti!
I already have the tulip coming out, spring is almost here!

KavyaNaimish said...

wow..YummmYYY n different dish...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

A divine and a perfect dish rich and delicious... Kofta style kurma is what I love with phulkas!!!

Laavanya said...

I always make egg curry with boiled eggs - have to try this sometime.

ARUNA said...

Its always gonna be my favourite....anytime game for it!

meeso said...

Wow, this is such a neat idea! I can imagine this tastes awesome, is healthy and filling :)

Anu said...

Looks perfect and delicious... tempting...

Padhu said...

Looks superb.Very new to me .

rekhas kitchen said...

Wow wonderful recipe sounders interesting love the idea of making mini omlettes thanks for the idea.

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Akal's Saappadu said...

that's a super dish for winter nights, sure!!! looks absolutely delicious!!! waiting eagerly for the spring too, these winter days seems to draaaaag for me, have a nice week end!!!

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peteformation said...

Spicy omelettes is nice..., good I wonder whether I can find kalambu here but maybe I just use the substitute! Thks!

Usha said...

Very unique idea, looks inviting !

Pedhakka said...

You have a lovely collection.will try is recipe for sure !!

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats very succulent way to indulge in eggs, me too make more or less in similar fashion...omelette curry...very tantalizing dish, infact.

PranisKitchen said...

hello sujatha
its a very nice idea of adding omelette's in a gravy..looks delicious really liked the way u presented..
BTW new her ..lovely drop by my blog also..

Suhaina said...

wow, really good one. I made chicken kofta few days back. I too fried them in Paniyaram pan. Urs looks so tempting. Nice click.

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