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Pondicherry Egg Curry – Muthaiy curry

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4


Recipe for South Indian Pondicherry style Egg Curry – Muthaiy curry. Adapted from the Pondicherry Kitchen. Measurements Used – 1 cup = 250 ml



For the Paste

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 3 teaspoon fennel seeds

Other Ingredients

  • 1/23/4 of a big coconut
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 onions, sliced fine
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 big tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 potatoes cubed, optional
  • 56 hard boiled eggs
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 34 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Extract the thick and thin coconut milk from the coconut. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add in the cloves, cinnamon, and onions. Fry till the onions are lightly golden brown.
  3. Add in the crushed ginger and garlic. Fry till golden brown.
  4. Now, make a paste of coriander seeds, green chillies, poppy seeds and fennel seeds. Add up-to 3/4 cup water while grinding.
  5. Add the ground paste to the pan along with a teaspoon of turmeric. Fry till the spices are cooked and brown.
  6. Add the tomatoes and the salt and fry till the tomatoes are soft.
  7. Add the second and third coconut milk. Add in the potatoes. Let it simmer in low flame for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  8. Switch off the flame. Remove the pan from heat. Add the thick coconut milk, hard boiled eggs, lemon juice and coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot with rice.


The original recipe has prawns and cashew-nuts added to the gravy. You might include prawns while boiling potatoes if you wish.
You can substitute fresh pressed coconut milk for store bought coconut milk. Just use a can – 250 ml. Adjust the water while cooking. Add half for cooking and half at the end.
Add more green chillies if you like a spicy gravy.
Pierce the hard boiled eggs with a fork so the gravy gets marinated into the eggs.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Gravy
  • Cuisine: South Indian