The Chettinad style egg curry is rich and flavourful with the addition of traditional spices and condiments. Chettinad cuisine is known for its spiciness and the use of fresh ground masalas. Chetinadu is a place in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and the cuisine is fairly simple and easy.
The very first dish that I had learned to cook was my Dad's Special Egg Roast. Cooking with him is one of my fondest memories in life. This is one go-to dish whenever I need a quick side dish for dinner. Dad and I cherish it with lightly toasted slices of bread, roti/Indian flatbreads. However, my husband enjoys his curries and gravies and ever since I've been wanting to try out a great Egg curry recipe.
Chettinad Spice Mix for Curries
Chettinad cuisine calls for fresh ground spices including coriander seeds, fennel, cumin, dry red chilies, peppercorns, clove, cardamom, and cinnamon. These are first dry roasted before grinding. I have added this masala powder to my regular egg curry, along with little water to get the perfect Chettinad style Egg curry. I also use about half teaspoon of this spice mix in other curries like Chicken curry or Paneer Masala to enhance the flavour. It is more like my alternative to Garam Masala powder and can be stored in airtight containers for two weeks.
Dry roast 4 red chilies, 2 small cinnamon sticks, 1-star anise, 4 cloves and cardamom, 2 teaspoons each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Grind them coarsely.
There are different versions to this egg curry. I have not used coconut or coconut milk its preparation. I love to serve this curry with hot fluffy rice, rotis or bread. Oh, it goes well with slightly toasted bread.
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Tips to make a perfect Chettinad Egg curry
Yes, shallots is preferred over onions for preparing this curry. But for unfortunate souls like me who doesn't find it in markets, use onion.
Preparing the spice mix beforehand is great. Do not worry of you have it in excess. Add a little to that chicken curry or any other gravy. Trust me, it is yum!
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