Creamy curried eggs

A coconut curry sauce goes beautifully with eggs, and an aromatic vegetable pilaf is perfect alongside. Finish with some vitamin C–rich fruit, such as sliced mangoes, to ensure maximum absorption of iron from the eggs.

Creamy curried eggs


  • 1 tablespoon (20 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, about 200 g
  • 90 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 eggs, at room temperature
  • Cauliflower and pea pilaf
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 175 g small cauliflower florets
  • 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1¼ cups (250 g) basmati rice
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (155 g) frozen peassprigs of fresh coriander, to serve


  1. Melt the butter in a non–stick saucepan and gently fry the onion for 7–8 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Stir in the garlic and curry paste, and cook for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes, or until fairly thick.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped coriander, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover and keep warm.
  7. To make the pilaf, heat the oil in a heavy–based saucepan, add the cauliflower florets and cook over a moderate heat for 1–2 minutes, stirring frequently, until just beginning to colour.
  8. Stir in the chilli, cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf, and cook for a further 30 seconds.
  9. Add the rice and stir well to mix with the vegetables and spices.
  10. Pour in the stock.
  11. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  12. Stir in the peas, cover the pan again and cook for a further 7–10 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all the stock has been absorbed.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. While the pilaf is cooking, hard–boil the eggs.
  15. Put them into a saucepan and cover with tepid water.
  16. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 7 minutes.
  17. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water.
  18. When they are cool enough to handle, peel off their shells and cut them in half lengthwise.
  19. Arrange the egg halves on warmed serving plates and spoon over the coconut sauce.
  20. Serve with the pilaf, removing the bay leaf and whole spices first, if preferred.
  21. Garnish with sprigs of fresh coriander.

Serves 4
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: about 35 minutes


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