Kerala Style Egg & Potato Curry

I always tell you we have loads to catch up on, but I never get around to it… till now. Now that I’m somewhat back to my normal schedule, we can catch up, provided you’ve time to spare, so ready? Ok, so what would you like to have… tea… coffee… anything cold or something to munch on? Since I can only offer it virtually, please feel free to grab one yourself ;)

I wanna share with you three different cooking experiences I had, one was fun, another was adventurous & the last one was a lesson! I’ll start with my apprentice experience, that’s where I had most fun. I worked as an apprentice at a bakery division of a local supermarket, here in Bahrain. I visit that place frequently, say twice or thrice in a week. Every time I go there, I’ll spend sometime in front of the bakery section, just staring at their glass shelves, full of cakes & pastries. As you might already know, bakery is my all time weakness. Well, one day as usual, during my staring session, the bakery supervisor came to me. As we chatted, he suddenly asked me whether I’d like to work there for a few days, just for a feel of the whole thing. Tada! The next thing you know, I was given an apron & a chef cap.

Ready, set, wait… the biggest excitement is yet to come. All the employees in the bakery are North Indians and no I don’t have anything against them… but you see Hindi & myself aren’t the best of friends. For a moment, I thought, I became breathless… it was like air being let out of my excitement balloon. Anyways, somehow we communicated and it was fun! They all treated me like a small little school girl who’s on a picnic, thanks to my height. (Btw, I used to hate being treated like a small girl when I was growing up, but now somehow I like it… I guess that feeling is inversely proportional to my age ;) Anyways, back to the bakery… I was offered the first share of every item that came out of the hot oven! And then there were stacks of cakes, both chocolate & vanilla. I could pick any & start playing with it… I mean icing it. There were tons of chocolate ganache, butter cream, praline etc; just waiting for their turn. So just like my 4 year old nephew plays with his play dough I started playing with food :) I had a fun ride for 3 days. Apart from enjoying the hustle & bustle of a live borma, I didn’t learn much. Ok, that’s not true, I learned how to pipe a butter cream rose, now that’s a good thing & I had a gala time too.

Ok, that was a fun ride, now for the adventurous one! Not too soon after, I was asked to take a cookery class for a group of 30 people, for a Malayalee association in Bahrain… the Kottayam Association to be precise. I guess I had an adrenaline rush at that time, because I accepted it without any hesitation! When I told Jose about my new adventure, seeing my excitement about the whole thing, he kept quite for sometime. I was wondering what’s wrong & then he said “I guess the association people are more adventurous by asking YOU to do something like that”… *sigh*! You see… I’m a person who panics when we have guests over, so imagine taking a cookery class!

As the day approached, I had my panic attack. Unfortunately then, these Royal sick bags weren’t available, otherwise I could have used them! Why am I so freaked out? Well, you have to know one thing – I haven’t attended a cooking class, let alone take one. I just had no clue. Then I made a huge list of what all can go wrong. Yeah, that helps! I had just relived my MBA days of C++ & Java. I am clueless now as I was then! But you know that feeling… that you are sure to fail, so you dont care what the hell happens, yeah I had that.  And I guess I work the best under such situations! Because somehow once I started the class everything went well  (see on the job training works!) & I did enjoy it. I believe the group also enjoyed it.  Here’s something they gave me as a token of appreciation ;) Thank you so much Dolly Aunty for believing in me & thanks a million to Sudin & Susan, for giving me the opportunity and also for your support.

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Here comes the last one… lesson learned: I’m like a duck in water. I was thrown in, and now I’m trying to figure out how to paddle. That’s how my whole cooking experience has been. So that’s what I did next, attend a cooking class to really learn how it should be done. While I was at home in Cochin, I got the chance to attend a baking class. First I thought I could learn some more baking tips and styles, the science behind it, but more importantly I wanted to learn how cooking classes were given. That reminds me, in college whenever we used to study a new subject, it used to start with something like “Management is a science as well as an art”, that kinda stuff? Well, I always ignored the science part & considered the whole thing as art. So that’s what I did in baking also. I never bothered about the science part, like aeration blah blah… but in this class it was explained in simple terms, so that lay(wo)man like me could also understand. I also observed the whole process carefully, about how things should be arranged, how you need to organise the class & stuff like that. So now I’m all set to take another cooking class… are you interested ?? :)

Anyways, the best thing about all these experiences was I made new friends… isnt that great!? :)

Btw, I forgot to tell you about the situation in Bahrain. See that’s what happens, when everything goes well, you take things for granted right? Thank you so much for your mails & messages & the positive vibes you sent :). Situation has improved here since my last post. Things are slowly getting back to normal state.

So your coffee… tea is done? I wont take much of your time. I’ll just leave you with this simple egg & potato curry. The other day, one of my readers, Joyce, asked for an egg & potato curry. Here is something I came up with. It’s a mildly spicy curry, I think its apt to call a spicier version of stew. This curry should help you during lent. Also if you dont eat eggs, you can use veggies of your choice & make it a mixed veg curry. I know you are tired from listening to my ranting, but please dont forget to note down the recipe, ok? (Joyce, hope you’ll like it & you too.)

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  • What a coincidence! I made this day before yesterday :) I tried it from “Flavors of the Spice Coast”. Will be posting it next week..Loved your pic!

    I totally enjoyed your write-up, Maria. Good luck with your future cooking classes! I would have definitely attended your classes, if i were in Bahrain :)

  • maria..glad u had a nice time ketto…
    egg potato curry has been making its appearance at home for ages, but i somehow never really made it here. maybe cos its had with appam n i really dont know how to make appam :(

  • Hey Maria…i enjoyed reading through u r experiences with food , my neighbor aunt back home in Aluva, conducts a lot of cooking class and i still remember those days and me and her daughter waiting for the taste tests and stuff, you made me nostalgic with all your write up..between the egg curry looks delicious ketto :)

  • That was such a lovely read Maria.You got to work at a bakery..that sounds like fun!What did you teach at the cooking class..I am all eager to know!![I’ve been getting few requests from friends to start cooking classes,but I chicken out!].Did you attend Anita Issac’s classes?Heard she’s quite popular in Ekm.

    Hope the situation in Bahrain is fine now.Take care!

    • Thanks Divs :)

      It was a baking/cooking class. I showed them chocolate cupcake, jam roll, pudding, sandwich & some non veg curries.

      Btw, you can do a whole baking class I think, you’re such an expert baker. I’m sure you will do great. Hope to hear soon about your baking class :)

      Yep, I attended her classes only.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hey maria .

    loved reading ur experiecnes at the bakery. i could even visualise it ha ha ha ..
    enjoyed reading it.
    u teach all of us to cook delicious food through ur posts. Come on dear u should be a good tutor as well!!!!

    what a surprise dear !!!! wthout even knowing that u ve posted this recipe, i just made the veg version of this curry today morning.
    appam and this curry good combo.
    but I did nt add cashew paste.
    would add it while making next time.
    my hubby is so fond of egg and potato curry. but i make it as a varutharacha curry.
    nice to know that situation in baharin has improved. .
    by the way I have book marked steam pudding recipe. But i ve few doubts too

    • Hi Sumsu,

      Thanks dear :)

      Try adding cashew paste next time you make this ok…Btw, I havent tried egg varutharacha curry. Is it like chicken varutharachathu?

      Which pudding did you bookmark & what are your doubts dear? I dont remember seeing any of your comments…

      Cheers
      Maria

      • hi maria .. am an eggeterian so dont make chicken at home . so ve no clue. but I simply fry coconut along with red chillies then red chillipowder , turmeric powder coriander powder,egg masala to this mix. and grind it to a fine paste.
        then slightly fry ginger garlic green chiillies, add ground masala and boiled eggs.
        thats all..
        by the way i tried ur steamed honey sponge cake.
        wow it became a great hit.
        u know am neitherl into baking nor do i have an oven.
        I blindly followed ur recipe but cooking time varied. i cooked it for another 10 more minutes.
        but the results were awesome.
        my ten month old boy could not stop eating it.
        thanks to u.
        I ll send u the picture this week.
        am planning to make it more frequent. by the way please share more recipies on steamed cakes or no bake cakes.
        I have bookmarked one steam cake in easy cooking (divya’s) too

        • Hi Sumsu,

          Thanks a lot for sharing your recipe here. I will try that version sometime :)

          Great to know that you liked the steamed sponge cake. I’m specially thrilled to know that your little one liked it the most :) I’ve posted a no bake cheese cake before, please check out the cold cheese cake recipe. Its an easy one too.

          Yep, Divya has many wonderful baking recipes at her place :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Maria u typed baNking cLass instead of baking i was like aiyee ur interested in Banking?so change that ;-)

    • Hi Saritha,

      I’ve corrected it. Btw, I’ve a very strong relationship with banking…both my parents are bankers & my husband is also a banker :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Thanks Dee :) If you like coconut milk, I’m sure you will like this curry too. Please try it when time permits.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hey maria,
    Congragulations on your cooking recognitions/Expeditions..You seems to be on a ROll!!Sure you enjoyed every bit of it..
    Loved reading your post…Just like your love for bakery/bakery stuffs…i have a secret love for spicy chinese food (sure all of us do)and a desire to work in the kitchen of a chinese restaurant here.They make authentic spicy schechuan food.So hopefully when i peek into their kitchen next time they might offer me a job there…Lol
    Hope you enjoyed your short [email protected]
    Pen in when free…take care

    • Hi Emi,

      Thanks dearie :)

      So hopefully I can hear about your experience in the Chinese kitchen soon, eh? All the best!

      Pinne what news there? long time alle…

      Take care..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Yummy! I make a similar motta curry in coconut milk, must try adding cashews too! I love your scrambled egg curry too! Do send this in to Kerala Kitchen too! We are greedy for all your mallu recipes ;)
    Glad to hear things are settling in Bahrain and that you had such fantastic experiences!

  • Enjoyed the write up Maria…especially about the advantages of being short…surely its inversely proportional to our age.. I guess the advantages are lots more as you get older :-)
    Thanks for the recipe too…never tried this with cashew paste

    • Hi Jaya,

      Thank you :) And yes, the advantages are definitely more when you get older ;)

      Try this with cashew paste, I’m sure you’ll like it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria… i totally enjoyed reading your write up..and congratulations for getting that beautiful and colourfull momento :)

    By any chance do u know how to make the butter biscuits that we get in our bakeries in kerala????

    • Hi Pinky,

      Thanks dear :)

      I havent tried baking butter biscuits yet, I’ve some butter biscuit recipes with me, but it looks different from the ones that we get in Kerala. Anyways I will keep you posted, if I come across such a recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hey Maria,

    This is my first comment here.If you ask what attracted me first,I would say it’s not the receipies but the facebook integration with this website that shows the no of ppl who like this:) After seeing this,I was keen to know how facebook integration is happening with websites & to some extend I could figure out the logic behind that .I also enjoy reading/trying your receipies & you are doing a great job.Keep it up!

    Regards,
    Anupama

    • Hi Anupama,

      Thanks to FB for making you interested in this space ;) Thanks for your good wishes. Hope the recipes here will also interest you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi Maria

    First of all congrats for ur achievement..the momento is very beautiful…and the curry is also lokking yummy…i will try this week end

    Regards

    Lekshmi

  • Hi Maria,

    Really nice reading your experience !

    I must say that I was excited to see such a wonderful site dedicated to Kerala cuisine. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes and they were an instant hit ! I love prawns and your Prawns Roast was a treat to my taste buds. Your chicken recipes – Malabar Chicken Curry and Coriander Chicken Curry was yummy and my family really enjoyed it. I like to add variety to my cooking and your recipes just seem to fit so perfect. Thanks !

    Regards
    Anila

    • Hi Anila,

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. I’m excited to know that you tried a number of recipes from here & also liked it too. Thanks for trying & also for letting us know about it :)

      Hope to see you here often…

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi maria i heard of you from a good friend, once a shy cook she is an amazingly confident lady dishing out so many recipes and all a big hit, i have tried your egg curry verrryyy nice
    its a lovely site very user friendly keep it up

    • Hi Rashmi,

      Thank you so much for dropping in here and for leaving a comment :) Good to know that you liked the egg curry recipe.

      A special thanks to your friend too for recommending this space…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria i tried the curry it was awesome….thank u so much it is really a great thing for beginners like me….

  • HELLO MARIA , thank you for your good recipe. this is the first curry appreciated by  my appa. he liked it  very much and asked me from where i got this recipe :)

  • Hi Maria
    I made this and came out very nice. I think it is the fennel powder and cashew paste that made the difference from the usual way I prepare. I also tried your mango and tomato chutney with tomato rice. Very nice and easy. Thanks Maria for the effort you take to make the simple recipes tasty and interesting.

    -Tres

  • Heyy Maria,

                     Thank u soo much for a homely recipe..i got into the kitchen thinkin of making the normal egg roast,then i found your site with variations of egg curry suggested.I added sliced mushrroms to your recipe.tried it out for my aunt n uncle,they like it,and had with appam.looking forward to try more recipes from your site.Notes and pictures also help a looot.:)
    Tc,Shab!

    • Hi Shab,

      Thanks a lot dear for trying this recipe. I’m happy that your family liked it :) Good to know that you find the notes and pictures helpful, thanks again…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    Your website is awesome. I wish I had known it earlier. Tried quite a lot of your recipes and all turned out great! There is no day that I don’t check your website :)

    • Hi Jess,

      Thanks a ton dear :) I’m really thrilled to know that you visit us daily. Thanks for taking time to share your feedback here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,

    Excellent Recipe. I remeber my grandmother making this dish during my childhood. Same taste…Thanx once again.

  • hii Maria,
    I’ve tried many of ur recipes … this ones yummy too …my kids an husband loved it with appam…..:-) i added more veggies too ..carrots,beans, potatoes ,cauliflower…………… .as i’m trying to slim down ….;-).. please post some recipes that help to reduce weight….ones to take with chappatis…. an desserts….. grilled recipes…baked ones ….
    thanks a lot,
    TC,
    -Priya

    • Thank you Priya :) I’m glad that your family liked it. I’ve posted some recipes in the past, side dishes for chapathi. Please have a look at the recipe index, I do hope you will find something interesting.
      I’ll be posting new recipes as and when I try them :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hii maria, thanx for this easy recipe!! Well i am single residing in thrissur so tried cooking with many books but nothing came simple than ur site..

  • I started trying out your recipes for quite sometime and they all had come out nicely. Now my daughter who recently got married follows you..Thank you

    • Hi Lakshmi,

      Thanks a lot :) I’m so happy to know that your daughter also tries out recipes from here. Please convey my thanks to her.

      Wish your daughter a happy & blessed married life!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Am new to ur blog. I read a bunch of ur recipies and really got confused wat to make. All ur recipes r very easy…… This week I tried ur Kerala style egg and potato curry… it came out well and my hard to please husband liked it and said “hmm valiya kuzhappamilla”…..

    This weekend am gonna try “Kallu shapp style beef fry”

  • Am new to ur blog. I read a bunch of ur recipies and really got confused wat to make. All ur recipes r very easy…… This week I tried ur Kerala style egg and potato curry… it came out well and my hard to please husband liked it and said “hmm valiya kuzhappamilla”…..

    This weekend am gonna try “Kallu shapp style beef fry”

  • Hi this is my first visit on ur menu list. I have visited many sites but let me tell you I can relate myself and the kinda food we eat at home with you very much. So thanks a lot. Only thing is I find coconut milk usage a bit too much .also would like to see dry vegetable sabji n green leaf sabjis more please. Thanks and God Bless you.

  • Hi this is my first visit on ur menu list. I have visited many sites but let me tell you I can relate myself and the kinda food we eat at home with you very much. So thanks a lot. Only thing is I find coconut milk usage a bit too much .also would like to see dry vegetable sabji n green leaf sabjis more please. Thanks and God Bless you.

    • Hi Snigdha,

      Thanks for visiting us! Good to know that you could relate to the recipes posted here. The use of coconut milk.. well, I’m a true blue Malayali who just loves it, so cant help it ;) You can always customise the recipe to suit your requirements.

      Will keep your requests for veggies in mind :)

      Hope you have fun trying out the recipes here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria…
    I love ur recipes…In the above recipe, i think u have added tomato but didnt mention anything abt tomato…do we need to add tomato for this recipe

  • Hi maria…
    I love ur recipes…In the above recipe, i think u have added tomato but didnt mention anything abt tomato…do we need to add tomato for this recipe

    • Hi Shaji,

      I havent used tomato in this recipe. I think you were referring to tomato based on the picture. It’s carrot in the pic and not tomato :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Shaji,

      I havent used tomato in this recipe. I think you were referring to tomato based on the picture. It’s carrot in the pic and not tomato :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria,
    Me Jisha from Blore,I use to b a follower of of ur blogs,rather than ur recipie part as I never enjoyed cooking …….but recently I came across ur butter chicken recipie, n realised ur version of recipies r simple and tested so sure to get a good result!
    There s nothing else to compare with ur Kerala dishes,now m trying out ur dishes almost every day,….looks like m turning !

  • Hi Maria,
    Me Jisha from Blore,I use to b a follower of of ur blogs,rather than ur recipie part as I never enjoyed cooking …….but recently I came across ur butter chicken recipie, n realised ur version of recipies r simple and tested so sure to get a good result!
    There s nothing else to compare with ur Kerala dishes,now m trying out ur dishes almost every day,….looks like m turning !

    • Hi Jisha,

      Thank you so much for your comment :) Nice to know that you try recipes from here on a daily basis and like it too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Jisha,

      Thank you so much for your comment :) Nice to know that you try recipes from here on a daily basis and like it too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria
    Coconut milk – which one u used for this curry instant eastern coconut milk powder or u made the normal one, with the grated coconut. Coz I use the powder but am not getting that thickness for my curry.

    • Hi Jeena,

      I used powdered coconut milk, not the fresh one. I use Maggie coconut milk powder for all my cooking. It gives me thick coconut milk.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Glad to be connected with you Maria! I extremely appreciate your blog and considering me being a newly wed, I must say that this is of soooo much use to me. I tried this curry yesterday with palappam n trust me I literally won my husband’s tummy???? you have actually made a lot of ladies’s lives much easier n cooking an interesting stuff. Way to go Maria????
    Cheers,
    Mariam

    • Hi Mariam,

      Nice to meet you here :) Thank you so much for your comment. I’m really glad that you find the recipes here useful.

      Hope you get to try more recipes from here and hope your family enjoys it too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria,I am also from Bahrain.I love ur recipes.I am great fan of ur cooking.please include recipes of evening snacks, puddings and other desserts.

  • Hey Maria,
    I am a bachelor working in Bangalore. Never thought cooking was this easy. All credits to the way you present recipes. Keep it up!
    I enjoy cooking and yes I can eat tasty now. ????

    Thanks,
    Christopher P M

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