Coconut Masala

Coconut Masala - egg curry

Coconut Masala – egg curry cooked with love. Coconut masala (or egg molee) is a simple inexpensive vegetarian curry made with whole eggs that you fry before being finished off in the curry. This recipe comes from Rick Stein and his BBC Food programme – Rick Stein’s India. See more of Rick Stein’s India Curry recipes 

Prep Time: less than 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-30 minutes

Serves 4

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 free-range eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and left whole
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 400ml/14fl oz coconut milk
  • 2 medium red onions, very thinly sliced
  • 4cm/1½ in fresh root ginger, finely shredded
  • 3 fresh green chillies, thinly sliced, with seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • ½ tsp garam masala


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat, add the whole eggs and fry for 1–2 minutes, or until lightly coloured, then add the turmeric and chilli powder and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add the onions, ginger, chillies and salt, and simmer for five minutes, or until the coconut milk has reduced in volume by half and the onions are just softened, adding a splash of water if it becomes too thick. Stir in the sugar and coriander and sprinkle with garam masala.
  3. Halve the eggs and serve with boiled basmati rice.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email