Beyond Curry: Kerala Style Egg Gravy

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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Poach them, fry them, scramble them up with some greens. The list of things the humble egg can transform into are countless. For me, a Kerala style gravy is one of the more dramatic avatars the egg can take. It's a dish full of bold flavors and interesting textures that makes for a quick dinner or lunch.

Eggs in India are somewhat of an invisible fence in the landscape of vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism. While some vegetarians won't even have pastries baked with eggs, many still enjoy egg curries and egg biryanis (no meat, only eggs) and with such an array of delicious gravies and sides in Indian cuisine, who can blame them.

This dish is from the state of Kerala, which is known for using a lot of curry leaves and spice. If you use boiled eggs in this recipe, shallow-fry the de-shelled eggs in some oil before halving them and adding them to the gravy. This gives them a lovely crisp outer layer and adds to the texture party of the dish. Or you could break the eggs gently into the dish as it bubbles and cook them to the consistency you like. Either way, the gravy is finger-licking good.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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