Cook's Hideout: Egg and Lentil Curry

September 29, 2006

Egg and Lentil Curry

This month's Weekend Cooking Challenge is to use an ingredient from your country. The ingredient I chose is "Lentils". Lentils are the quintessential comfort food in India. They are a great source of protein; contain cholesterol lowering soluble fiber and lots of iron. Lentils are typically served at almost every meal with rice or bread.
This Egg-lentil recipe is from my 'Vegetarian' cookbook edited by Valerie Ferguson. The unusual combination of lentils and eggs really makes this dish a keeper.

Red Lentils (Sabut Masoor dal) - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 6, boiled
Cloves - 3
Black peppercorns - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
Garlic cloves - 2, crushed
Ginger - 1" piece
Curry paste - 2 tbsp
Chopped tomatoes - 14 oz. can
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Stock - 3 cups
Water - 3/4 cup

  • Put the lentils in a large, heavy pan and add the stock. Bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Drain and set aside. I usually cook my lentils in the pressure cooker for about 4 whistles. Quick and easy.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the cloves and peppercorns for 2 minutes. Add the onion, chilies, garlic and ginger and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the currypaste and fry for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes, sugar and water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the boiled eggs (I make 4 vertical cuts around the egg), lentils and garam masala. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes, then serve, garnished with cilantro.


  1. Hi Pavani!! This recipe is not only delicious but full of protein!! Great idea!!I guess we can add any curry pd or curry paste to this!!
    I didn't know abt this weekend event, may be I will send one too if I already have one!

  2. The color is beautiful, and it sounds wonderful. Thanks for joining us this month.

  3. Hi Pavani,

    This is my first time on your blog! You have a lovely blog! Wow and so many recipes.

    I read u're post on your trip to China. Very nice and interesting to read. My aunt visited Beijing for a vacation last year and she told me that it is a must see city. China is nothing like we iamgine it to be she said.

    And I wish I had seen u're blog yesterday. I was looking for something different with Okra. I loved u're Bhindi Masaledar recipe! Next time I buy bhindi I will try it out!

    This egg recipe too sounds very unique. And looks yummy too.

    And all u're other posts - read some of them. Very nice. The tamarind rice post was touching. Made me remember my school picnics and am feleign nostalgic :-) Thanks 2 u!

    Oh and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!


  4. Eggs and lentils.. now that's a combo that I never heard of before..Looks delicious

  5. Thank you Asha, Sara and Arjuna.

    Hi Latha,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad that you liked it. I'm a frequent visitor in your blog. Please keep visiting.

  6. Pavani, Nice combiantion of vegetable and egg protein. Will surely try it.


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