Saffron Rice with Bengali Egg Curry

I have been looking forward to the Bengal version of RCI ever since I had lipsmacking Bengali food at a friend’s place. Her mom was here for a month, and she had made around fifteen dishes excluding three varieties of sweets. Phew, just the spread had hubby and me drooling:-D. I kept telling my friend and her mom that they should have invited us for dinner 3 nights in a row then, we could have done justice to all these dishes! I had enjoyed one curry in particular that night, the Bengali Egg curry. When RCI was announced, it was a very good excuse for me to try that curry at home.

Bengali Egg Curry

You will need:

1 red onion chopped

1 Tomato chopped

1” cinnamon stick

2 Cardamoms, cracked, skins discarded

2 Cloves

1” fresh Ginger grated

2 Cloves Garlic grated

4 hard boiled eggs, shelled

1 large potato cut into big chunks

1 tsp Red chilli powder

½ tsp Turmeric powder

Salt to taste

4 tbsp Oil

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Saute for a few seconds and then add the ginger and garlic. Saute till fragrant and then add the chopped onions. Saute for 3-4 minutes till they are soft. Add half of the chopped tomatoes. Let tomatoes soften. Cool this mixture and then grind to a smooth paste with water as required.

Heat remaining oil in another pan. Add the boiled eggs and fry till outer layer is golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Now add the potato chunks and fry till cooked through. Cook on medium heat and flip pieces as they crisp up and turn brown. Remove and drain excess oil.

Reheat the oil in the same pan. Add the turmeric and red chilli powder. Let sizzle for a few seconds. Now add the ground paste and ½ cup Water. Saute on low heat for 7-8 minutes till gravy is thick and has changed colour to reddish brown. Once the gravy is done, oil will float on top. Now add the fried eggs and potatoes, remaining chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and stir well. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Serve with Saffron rice.

Saffron Rice

You will need:

2 cups Basmati Rice

1/3 cup Milk

½ tsp Saffron strands

½ tsp Salt

3 ¼ cups water

3 Cardamoms

2 Cloves

Wash the rice well and place in a medium saucepan with water. Toss in the whole spices (cardamom, cloves) along with salt. Bring to boil, then simmer covered for 10 minutes

Meanwhile, warm up milk and saffron in a small cup in the microwave (2 minutes).

Check if rice is cooked (without being too soft/sticky). Drain excess water and pour saffron and milk mixture on top. Lightly fork together over medium heat. Cook covered for 7 minutes.Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

These are my entries to RCI:Bengal hosted by Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook.

Coming next: Cham-Chams :)


  1. Nice entries, Namratha!! :)

  2. You are really quick!

  3. Looks great Namratha.I like the saffron rice

  4. Is it 3 days dinner enough, i would have asked for a week.... :) The egg curry and saffron rice are wonderful, dear :)

  5. Wonderful entry, Namratha! & u said, next is chamcham? Ok. i am not leaving ur blog then!!:-D
    I love Bengali sweets!!

  6. wonderful entry girl:)love the rice too..u got ot perfect

  7. Looks like a feast! Nice entry Namratha!

  8. iam drooling here on egg to try this.

  9. Loved your saffron rice with simple ingredients.

  10. Nice Bengali Egg Curry Namratha, I will try it out sometime soon.
    tx for the post

  11. amazing... I just had lunch and I'm hungry again!

  12. i am planning to try some bong food this weekend too. so excited about that!

  13. am busy collecting recipes for egg this goes in as well....good entry!!

  14. both look very yummy...will try the egg curry...

  15. Looks delicious.
    I woudn't ming to have them at them moment

  16. Thanks Kalai :)

    Oh T, I thought the deadline was soon, so I did it quickly, only while sending in the mail did I realize its April 15h :D

    Thanks Kamala, glad to have you over :)

    Hehe, ya Cham maybe 3 nights wouldn't be enough too :P Thanks!! :)

    Haha, thanks Meera, yup Cham Cham is coming up next ;)

    Thanks Dhivya and Raks :)

    thanks Lavi, do try it!

    Thanks Jayasree :)

    Thanks ms, do try it ...glad to have you over :)

    Hehe, thanks Raaga! Everytime I look at the picture I feel hungry too :D

    Cool Nags, I assure you its a treat to try Bengali food :)

    Thanks Arundati, nice to have you over :)

    thanks Sri dear, do try it :)

    Thanks H!:)

  17. The egg curry has me drooling.. we are huge egg curry lovers at home.. :) That with pulao must be awesome.

  18. Thanks for the entry. Dime er Dalna aka Egg Curry is my all time fav and yours look gorgeous

  19. :) Laavi, we love eggs too!

    My pleasure Sandeepa, thanks for the Bengali name :)

  20. You name me feel like having egg curry :)

  21. Egg curry was lip smacking good. Thanks for the recipe. BTW, I H.E.A.R.T your blog and refer to it regularly :)


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