Muttai Kara Kuzhambu

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Sep. 20, 2008

Of all the dishes in the Chettinad style who are famous for their kuzhambu's -- a type of indian sambhar, and one such recipe is the Spicy Egg Gravy also called as Muttai Kara Kuzhambu


Hard boiled eggs 6 , slightly slit at 3
Tamarind paste 1 Teaspoon (thick)
Red onion 1 Large , finely chopped
Garlic 1 Large , semi crushed (peeled)
Tomato 1 Large , chopped
Jaggery/Brown sugar 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Rice flour 1 Teaspoon
Sesame oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Chana dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Urad dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Dried red chilies 5


In a bowl have the slitted eggs aside.

In a deep pan heat few spoons of oil. Add garlic, fry till its raw smell goes off. Further add onions, fry till they turn to golden brown color. Now add tomatoes, fry them till they loose their water content.

Now add salt, turmeric, chili powder, sugar and rice powder. Blend them together.

Later add tamarind paste and 2 cups of water. Cover and cook over medium flame.

Once the gravy consolidates add eggs to it. Allow it to boil once or twice.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, asafoetida, fenugreek, chenna dal, urad dal, dry red chilies and curry leaves. Let them pop and splutter well. Run this seasoning over the gravy.

Serve this along with plain steamed rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 4