When I used to live back in India throughout my childhood and lot of college days, spicy food was the bane of my existence. Spicier the better. When I was in college, there was a small shop a bit farther from our college where we would get spiciest samosas. Me and friends used to hike all the way from the college to this little shop to have those samosas at least once a week.
Few years forward and two kids later, I can’t imagine eating anything spicy. I wonder what changed. Now I am always looking to see how I can use the same recipes that I used back in India and make them less spicy but still retain the taste. This is one of those attempts.
The original recipe is from a neighbor in India. My other half seemed to like it. You let me know if you like it.
Boiled Eggs 6
Onion 1 large
Tomato paste or 1 whole Tomato
Mustard Seeds ½ tsp
Turmeric Powder ½ tsp
Red Chili powder per taste
Curry leaves fresh 4 -5
Bay leaf 1 large
Black Pepper 5 whole
Tamarind concentrate ¼ tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 ½ tsp
Cumin and Coriander Powder 1 ½ tsp
Oil 1 ½ Tbsp
Boil eggs, peel and set aside. Cut Onion and Tomato roughly in small pieces and set aside. Peel the garlic. In a food processor or a blender, place Onion, Ginger and Garlic and make a smooth paste. Grind the Black Pepper in a Pepper Mill and set aside. Grind tomatoes separately in a food processor.
In a heavy bottomed wide pan, add the oil and let it heat. Add the turmeric powder and 2 pinches of Red Chili Powder. Now add the eggs and sauté for at least couple of minutes until the skin looks fried. Remove the eggs and set aside.
In the same pan and same oil, add Mustard seeds and let them pop. Add Curry leaves, Bay leaf, Black Pepper and Salt. After 30 seconds, add the Onion mixture and sauté until onion is translucent. Now, add the tomato, Cumin Coriander powder and if you would like this Curry to be Hot, add some more Red Chili powder. I skipped adding more Chili Powder. Sauté for another couple of minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and the Tamarind paste. Let the mixture come to boil and lastly add the sautéed whole Eggs. Let cook until the sauce is of desired consistency. Garnish with chopped Cilantro and enjoy!!