Masala egg fry or egg masala fry, is a quick and easy starter or appetiser from Malabar. Usually, whole boiled eggs are roasted in coconut oil and masalas and most "chayakada" (tea shop) or "thattukada" (street food stall) does proudly display masala egg fry.
I have asked around my neighbours and friends for the authentic recipe of Malabar mutta masala fry and like all other food each family has a different style. Some like to use only red chilli powder and some use a little bit of coriander and garam masala powders. But towards the North side people use sauf and red chilli powder as the main ingredient and if you add too much coriander powder it will over power the other spices....atleast that was the advice I got.
I have been making this for some time and came up to a recipe which has more of red chilly powder and a fat pinch of the other spices but I must admit the saunf and the coconut oil is the main flavour maker. I also like to slice the eggs into half than using whole uncut boiled egg; the idea is to allow the masala to get into the eggs, but if you like to make it traditionally then make some slits in the eggs and simply proceed with the recipe.
What I like about this quick and easy egg fry is that; it hardly takes 2 minutes to make (if you have boiled eggs at hand) and it looks really yum and presentable. This goes well with roti/chappati, appam, puttu, rice etc.
Also, if you have some unexpected guests you can make this in a jiffy and I am sure this simple masala egg fry will grab all the attention.
Full video recipe of masala egg fry
Boiled eggs: 4
Oil: 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
Sauf (perumjeerakam): 1/2 tsp
Garlic: 3-4 cloves, sliced
Kashmiri chilli powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1/4 tsp
Garam masala: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp or as needed
Pepper powder: A fat pinch
See video for tips on how to boil eggs.
Heat a kadai or pan with coconut oil and add in saunf, once it splutter add add in garlic and curry leaves, give it a stir.
Add in chilli powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, and salt, mix and then add in the boiled eggs and mix well.
After about a minute, slowly turn the eggs to the other side, so that it is coated with the masala and after about a few seconds, sprinkle a fat pinch of pepper powder. Serve masala egg fry to a plate and enjoy.