Recipe

Dimer Dalna

April 17, 2007

Cooking the special coconut sweets for Bengali New Year virtually sucked the life out me. Life is hard enough without having to stir milk for 40 minutes with a result that worsens hay fever.

What I needed to restore my faith in quick Indian cooking was a simple Indian recipe that hit the spot and took no time to make. Genius!

I decided on Bengali egg curry or dimer dalna. Our cook made this at home with plain rotis as a sure fire way to make us whiny kids eat eggs.

The best part of it is the crinkly, shallow fried skin of the hard boiled eggs. As you know, I’m not a big fan of pre-frying before further cooking, but with the eggs in this curry, it really makes a difference.

Dimer Dalna
 

Ingredients

Serves 2:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large potato, peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • One tsp turmeric
  • One tsp chilli powderHalf tsp garam masala
  • Whole masalas: 1 bay leaf, 2 cloves, 1″ cinnamon, 2 cardamoms
  • Quarter tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

Cook the eggs for 15 minutes until hard boiled. Puree the onion, garlic and ginger together with a tablespoon or two of warm water in a small food processor or blender. If you don’t have this, you can chop the lot finely.

When the eggs are done, shell them, make two diagonal slits in them and rub them with half of the turmeric and chilli powders and some salt.

Now make the dalna or gravy.

Heat three tablespoons of oil and when hot, add the whole spices and the sugar. When they start spluttering, add the sliced onions and pureed onion, garlic and ginger mixture with a pinch of salt.

Fry this mixture on a high heat until it starts changing colour from white to golden brown. You may need to add warm water a tablespoon at a time to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the onions lose their raw smell and go pale brown, add the remaining turmeric and chilli powder, the tomato puree and keep frying for five minutes.

Now the pungent smell of the masalas will go, so add the quartered potatoes, half a cup of hot water, cover and simmer to cook the potatoes.

In the meantime, heat one tablespoon of oil and when hot shallow fry the eggs until pale brown and crinkly on either side.

When the potatoes are cooked, mix in the eggs, the garam masala and salt to taste. Serve hot with parathas or freshly cooked rice.

 

Comments

31 Responses to “Dimer Dalna”

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  2. asha Says:

    April 17th, 2007 at 6:07 am

    Ooh!! Lovely.Our Sunday lunch was Egg curry with rice!:))

  3. Manjula Says:

    April 17th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    First time visitor here.. Great pictures, like your banner image.
    This post reminds me..I haven’t made Egg Curry from a long time. Really like the idea of rubbing the spice powders on the cooked eggs before adding to the gravy.

  4. Reena Says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 2:05 am

    egg in any form and i love them. your egg curry looks fabulous.

  5. Meena Says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Sounds delish! I love egg curries, it’s always one of those hearty dishes I fall back on when time’s the enemy. No wonder how you make them, eggs are a class of their own! :)

  6. Chris Foley Says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Great recipe! I just posted an article on the benefits of Indian spices (+ an excellent Punjabi Kadhi recipe) on my blog – http://www.chrisfoley.ca

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  8. Rahul Says:

    July 28th, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Hey,

    Thanks a lot, I had forgotten how to do the eggs, now it’s just like I remembered with the crinkled brown skin on the eggs….Thanks,
    Rahul

  9. Deepak Says:

    September 21st, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I am going to cook first time,lets see how it comes.

  10. Zahra Says:

    January 13th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Wow! I just made this with rice and roti. I sure hope it tastes as good as it looks. My first time experimenting with this dish in my home but had it before in Bangladesh. Hope mine tastes as good. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

  11. chickinthekitchen.com » Dimer Dalna (Egg Curry) Says:

    April 20th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    […] it that way. Finally, I got the idea to make shallow slits in the eggs before seasoning them from Mallika’s recipe for the same dish — I think it helps the spices to permeate the eggs, and plus it looks […]

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