Egg & Peas Kurma

Sometime back, one of Jose's colleague told him, “hey, I heard your wife has a food website, so she is a great “cooker” eh?” Jose was like…”cooker”? He replied ” Yeah, she cooks well” to which that person replied “You are lucky to have a good cooker as your wife” ;) So now I've been tagged with the title “cooker” blogger ;)

If you are the cooker of your family ;), I'm sure that you will agree with me if I say….it take less time to cook than to decide “what to cook”. I've heard from many friends that they don't mind cooking as long as they know what to cook. That decision making is the toughest part for many and consumes most of our precious time. Even I've the same confusion at times… egg recipes come to my rescue at these times. When I'm in doubt about what to cook or if I don't have many choices, I always go for  an egg curry. It's easy to make and it goes with almost anything.

I've bookmarked this recipe long time ago, but finally made it the other day when I had no clue as to what to make.

Here is the recipe…

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Egg And Peas Kurma

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 4 – 5 Hard boiled eggs
  • 2 big Onion (finely sliced)
  • 2 medium Tomato (grind to a paste)
  • 2 Green chilly (split lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup Cooked green peas (I used frozen peas)
  • 2-3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1 tbsp each Chopped Ginger & garlic
  • 1.5 tsp Whole black pepper
  • A small stick Cinnamon
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 1.5 cups Medium thick coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Thick coconut milk
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Grind/crush together ginger garlic,black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
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  • Heat oil in a pan and add finely sliced onions. Cook till it browns…
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  • When onion becomes golden brown colour, add the ground masala & curry leaves. Cook till the raw smell of masala goes, 3 – 4 mins.
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  • Add coriander, turmeric and fennel powder, cook for another 3-4 mins.
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  • Add tomato paste & salt. Cook till the paste is reduced and oil starts appearing.
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  • Add the cooked green peas (I added the frozen peas directly) and stir well.
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  • Add the medium thick coconut milk. Let it boil.
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  • Add the boiled eggs, simmer and cook for 5 – 7 more minutes.
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  • Add thick coconut milk and cook at lowest flame, for around 5 more minutes.
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  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with roti/appam/chapathi/puttu etc;
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I used coconut oil for this recipe. In the original recipe, potato is also used. If you want, you can use 1 medium size potato (cubed & boiled) and add it along with the green peas.
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Recipe source: Lakshmi Nair, Magic Oven cookery show

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  • I was looking for vegetable kurma recipe (since we are vegetarians :-) ). Are these the same spices with a change in the main ingredients to mixed veggies? or is it a different combination of spices? My next question – will there be a veg kurma recipe coming up soon?

    • Hi Tanu,

      You can make veg kuruma with this recipe too. I guess there are diff types of veg kuruma, so this can be considered as one version. A proper veg kurma recipe is there on my to do list, but I’m not sure when will it make an appearance on the site ;)


      • Thank you Maria. I will try this recipe with veggies. The thing is, my kurma’s taste went off beat last few times I made it and I truly have no idea what I did different. Your site has been my go to recipe book for any doubts I have in cooking especially nadan recipes and I’m sure I am not the only one who has said this. (I hope I have given you more reasons to bring Veg Kurma somewhere to the top of your to do list ;-) ). Lastly, something you already know…. you are doing a great job on this lovely site… :-)

        • Hi Tanu,

          I do hope this one comes out well for you. Thanks a lot for your wonderful feedback, really happy to know that you find the recipes useful. I’ll try to post the veg kurma recipe soon, but my turnaround time is kinda very low ;)


  • Hey ! Yesterday i make it real . Thanks for this recipe. But the color of my gravy was not like yours. :P

  • You are going to hear a lot from me! :D Tonight I made this for rotis…or still wondering if I have to ask hubby dear to buy some appams or patiri! :D Although I didn’t have tomatoes or corriander leaves…it came out pretty well! You are a household name at home now! :D Thanks again!

    • Hi Annet,

      I’m thrilled to hear from you :) So finally, what did you have with, roti, appam or pathiri?Though I havent tried, I think it goes well with pathiri too, now I feel like having it :(


      • Hahaha…I am sorry I made you feel pathiri sick! :D We finally had pathiris and it was yummiano! : )) We live in Muscat and there is a Malayalee shop close by where we get appams/pathiri and idiappams…so it was easy!

  • hai maria
    i use to expiriment most of your receipes and turn gud .thanks maria .
    i just wanted to know how to make a nice veg kuruma . if you are kind enough to help me please ……………


    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks a lot for trying the recipes from here. I’m glad you like them :) hhmmm I havent tried a veg kurma recipe yet. Will post if I happen to come across a good recipe..


  • hey maria,
    this recipie i tried tiday. its really awesome.i added maggi chicken stock too this recipie. its giv a chicken flavour to the curry.
    any ways thans dear for this wonderful recipie.,

    • Thanks a lot Ichu :) Adding chicken cube sounds great! I’m sure it adds on to the flavor of the curry. I’m glad that you liked the recipe. Thanks for the comment!


  • Hi Maria,

    Tried this out during the weekend. It was very good. However the color of my gravy was not like yours. In your receip ingredients you have mentioned 5 green chillies slit lengthwise, but you did not mention it whn exactly to put the chilllies in the method. Pls reply

    • Hi Vanessa

      Thanks for the comment :) Good to know that you liked this recipe. You can add the green chilli along with the onions.


  • Hi Maria,

    I came to know abt ur website thr’ Ur website looks awesome.. I am gonna try this egg peas curry.. All the best


    • Hi Shaniya,

      Thanks a bunch for visiting this space & for your comment. Hope you will like the recipes posted here. Please do share your feedback if you try them.

      Happy cooking :)


  • This recipe is killer and so easy. I didn’t have any coconut milk, so I substituted with evaporated milk and a little water. My husband had some for dinner, enjoyed it enough to take the leftovers for lunch the next day (he hates leftovers!) and said it ‘hit the spot’ which is high praise from him. I will def. be making this again. Thank you!

    • Hi Mellisa,

      Thank you so much for a lovely feedback :) Really happy to know that you enjoyed this dish. Btw, adding evaporated milk sounds great. May be I should also try it some time :)


  • You made this site really very well.. nice recipes.
    Can u help me to make some recipe for fried brinjal.

    Thanks & regards

  • Hi Maria,

    I discovered ur Blog through Ria’s and since then im a regular visitor. Tried this recipe and it came out very well. You have a wonderful blog and do keep us foodies entertained. Keep up the good work. bye.

    • Hi Rosemary,

      Thank you so much. I’m really happy to see such a sweet comment :)

      Please do try other recipes also and share your feedback.


  • hai maria,
    great recipes!!!!!!!!!!
    any toddler recipes for my fussy eaters(twins)
    really having a hard time to make them eat anything nutritious.
    about ur site u r doing a fantastic job.

    • Hi Kiruthika,

      Thank you so much :)

      Please check out the vegetable omelete, egg sandwich, chicken sandwich, stuffed buns recipe. Hope your little ones will like it :)


  • Dear Maria, tried out the recipe. Came out really well. The taste was good a little different though. Before frying onions I put little kadug and then the same procedure. Kadug for me is the BEAUTY SPOT to any dish. Just like your cooker, Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I laughed away to glory reading that.
    Had tried the Ingi curry also for Vishu. That was just fantastic. I will never buy the Taste bud ingi curry again. All thanks to you. Keep going, we are following you.

  • Hello….Mariechi…..

    After a long time…huh..???? I was quite busy with ma marriage…It was on April 19th… I tried you peas egg kuruma at my husband’s house….let me tell you…it turned out sooo well that i was appreciated by each and everyone over there… But still i didnt tell the place where I got the recipe from..Hehehe.. Thank you Mariechi…

    Take a good care….

    With wishes..
    Nasreen ..

    • Hi Nasreen,

      hope you are doing great dear. Yeah..long time.

      Wish you both a beautiful married life.

      Really happy to know that this curry got you many compliments :)


  • Hey Maria, my wife liked it too and shes not too easy to please as shes a good cook herself. But then shes a matter of fact person, she said the recipe has strong spices so its good to be tried with chicken also.So next we will try the recipe with chicken,should be good. Wasnt too spicy when we ate it, looks like I always taste from the “tavee” which has the spices, so it will always taste spicier. A spico-meter will be a good tool. Good stuff Maria.Ta

  • came out really well, a tad spicy for my taste but still good and considering I forgot the chillis.It would ve been a killer with them. But nice, now to wait for wifeys comments. I feel that u can put a spice meter at bottom of recipe to indicate spiciness,that will be helpful. Good stuff Maria.

    • Hi Shibu,

      Happy to know that it came out well, hope your wifey also liked it :).

      Thanks for your suggestion about the spice meter, let me see wtr something can be done.

      Thanks again.


  • Cooker..??Some people are funny indeed!! I resort to egg curry too when I am left high and dry searching for side-dish recipes:).Looks so good,got to try!!

  • Hey maria..i just love your simple writing style and this time your are talking from the side of real house wives.. This simple recipe is going to be quite handy for them :))

  • The gravy looks so rich n’ creamy…love the way it looks….i’m almost tempted to try this today….but having some limitations as i don’t have any coconut milk with me…but will definitely try it someday soon…:)…

    good to know u are a famous “cooker blogger”…;)

  • Hi Maria

    I came to know abt this site thru my sister anitha..she tried various recipes and it came out well…Then my sec sister jincy started trying out ur recipes and each one came out well…

    today i tried egg and peas kurma…it was nice …different taste…at home also everyone liked it..thanks…and keep posting more…

    wonder if u cud post some recipes for sandwiches which cud be taken for lunch as well..


  • I recently had my second son and I realised planning meals is the most hectic one of all. I restarted what I used to do long time ago- Sunday evening i plan the menu for the week(Its mainly dinner as thats the meals we as the family have together ) So i plan breakfast essentials and lunch essential with which meal i will cook and write it down in my meal planner. Then with that in hand I make the shopping list. This prevents me from buying extra unnecessary things for that week and I only need to go once a week except for bread and milk. Sticks to my budget and i clear off slowly the storecupboard items preventing the overstocking and expiries.

    • Hi Manju,

      Thanks for dropping in and also for sharing your tips about meal planning. It’s very helpful esp for the working mothers :)


  • LOL! I have heard a lot of people saying ‘cooker’ instead of a ‘cook’ :)

    Your curry looks delicious! And talk about menu -deciding confusions…pinne njan oru Gemini koodi aanu…appol pinne ellam koodi orikkalum enikku decide cheyyan pattilla! :)

  • Hi Maria, njaan aa cooker story vaayichu chirichu chirichu mannu kappiyillenney ullu….I have a feeling that collegue was an arab?…cos i had a similar story which really brought me into so much laughter.During our hostel days,we had to cook. It was my turn on alternate thursdays and all i knew waS GHEE RICE AND CURRY,, at that time. And after having my food, always my friends used to pass that comment “You are a good cooker”….lol…

    About the 2nd para, very true, i waste more time to think what to cook than cooking….After each dinner i will have to think what to cook for next days dinner…..And how much i hate it…thank u for teh tip….when i have no clue, i will get the egg roast (Ur recipe, which is regular one..) for rescue.

    Loved the write up, Enjoyed every single bit….Marannu…nice recipe and clicks too…

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