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Chettinad Egg Kuzhambu – Spicy Indian Sauce with Egg

Chettinad is situated in the southern part of TamilNadu in India. This place is famous for its culinary delicacies. Their food has the special blend of spices which is unique and makes it delicious.  Chettinad Egg Kuzhambu is one of the famous dish from Chettinad as you can see where the name of the dish is derived from. I heard about this dish from my friend Sridevi. It sounded interesting and unusual with the way they made it. As I am a vegetarian, I have never tasted egg curry till I made it. And I loved it. I am not a huge fan of egg yolk. So my version is just with the white of egg. You can do either way. I am so curious to share it with you. Here you go…

Preparation time: 40 minutes

No. of Servings: 3 to 4

Spice level: 4 out of 5


  • Eggs – 4
  • Chopped shallots – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 1
  • Green Chilies – 2
  • Ginger – 1″
  • Garlic cloves – 10
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a bunch
  • Red chili powder –  1 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Whole tamarind – 1 tbsp (tamarind paste – 1 tsp)
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Shredded coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro – 2 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  2. Once they splutter, add curry leaves, chopped green chillies and finely chopped ginger.
  3. Crush the garlic pods and add it and saute.
  4. Now add the chopped onions and saute till it is half cooked.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, chili powder and garam masala.
  6. Allow them to cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add tamarind to a cup of hot water and let it sit for 3 minutes.
  8. Now squeeze the tamarind and make a juice and filter it.
  9. Add it to the onion tomato mixture.
  10. Once it starts boiling add sambar powder and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  11. In between, grind shredded coconut, poppy seeds, coriander powder and fennel seeds to a paste.
  12. Add the ground paste to the mixture and allow it to cook for 5 minutes on medium heat and then remove from heat. Kuzhambu or sauce  is ready.
  13. Beat eggs, add 2 tbsp of chopped onions, little salt and sprinkle 2 pinches of chili powder and mix it well. Add very little salt as the sauce will already have salt in it.
  14. To make cup shaped omelets, I used iron ladle. You can also pour the beaten eggs to microwavable cups and make omelets.
  15. Once the omelets are ready, transfer the kuzhambu to a pressure cooker and add the omelets and mix gently.
  16. Pressure cook for a whistle and remove from heat.
  17. Omelet will absorb all the essence of the spicy sauce or kuzhambu.
  18. Transfer it to a serving dish.


:) Serve hot with white rice/chappathy.

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  1. Nithu,

    Chettinad egg curry looks really good. I liked very much.

  2. really wonderful dish.. i like any chettinad dish.. really yummy one niths

  3. Wow the curry looks so so good, back at home mom used to make a curry like this then she just break the egg into the gravy and cook it.

  4. interesting version, tempting a lot….lovely curry

  5. Slurpppp!!tempting kuzhambu makes me hungry..

  6. Looks too tempting and what a beautiful click as well…

  7. Very very deliciously enticing prep….. I loved the very look & the presentation…… God Bless!!!! :)


  8. Thanks all of you for your wonderful comments…

  9. Hey i love all types of chettinad varieties and now this is the first time im hearing abt this egg recipe…even though its a very big process but for that taste and yummy food lovers this is not a big thing i feel….love to have it now…

  10. Looks spicy and tasty..very uniqure and creative recipe.

  11. I bet this is delicious Nithu! The way you presented it is so tempting – wish I could have a taste!

  12. nithu,

    can this gravy be prepared in jus a normal pan without using pressure cooker?

  13. Thanks Gayathri, Panchpakwan and Reeni for your lovely comments.

    Hi Riya, This can be prepared in a normal pan. All you have to do is just drop the omelets in the pan in which you prepared the gravy. Cover it and cook for 5 to 10 mins at medium heat.


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