Lemongrass Egg Curry

by Kiran on March 29, 2013 · 96 comments

in Curries, Fusion, Indian

Hello and a very Happy Good Friday to you!

Since Easter is just around a tight corner, I’d figure an egg curry is much more appropriate this time of the year. Scented with lemongrass, spices and coconut milk — gently simmering on your stove-top while the egg hunting continues.

Make sure someone is at the kitchen to watch over the stove. You wouldn’t want to ruin a perfectly good curry on a chilly night after a long day of egg-hunting, will you? 😉

After living in the States for a few years now, we’ve learn to appreciate and celebrate different holidays, the seasons and ways of life. Of course Christmas, Good Friday, Easter etc is also celebrated in Malaysia and India — albeit not on a large scale nor fairly emphasized.

Nothing is better than the other, it’s just how it’s celebrated over different time-zones that makes the overall experiences much more enjoyable.

We visit our friends, have a good laugh, share stories, gobble our way to a full tummy and that’s it. That’s how the definition of festivities and celebrations are in Malaysia.

It’s usually centered around food! No surprises there 😉

This lemongrass curry is definitely created to celebrate different festivities on our palate. We come from different backgrounds, time-zones, seasonal food habits etc and combining both differences into one meal definitely nudges us to try more cuisine.

Our love for Thai cuisine has no boundaries and so I married it with Indian flavors, resulting a beautiful aroma of delicious fusion.

And speaking of fusion, it’s lunch time now and I’m all too hungry to type anymore. Must get food into my belly!!

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  • 4 organic large eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Half a medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 tsp sweet spanish paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 heaping tbsp lemongrass puree
  • 2 to 3 kaffir lime leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 cup full fat or thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. In a medium saucepan, add 4 eggs. Put in enough cold water to completely submerge eggs. Heat saucepan on medium-high and cook eggs for 8 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat, cover for another 10 minutes. Prepare an ice bath. Add eggs into ice bath to cool before peeling. Perfect hard-boiled eggs all the time 😉
  2. In a blender, add chopped red onions, garlic cloves and water. Blend into a smooth paste.
  3. Heat a cooking vessel on medium high. As soon as it’s hot, add coconut oil and mustard seeds. Wait for seeds to begin sputtering before adding blended onion paste.
  4. Once onion paste is added, fry until paste thickens and oil separates — about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burn.
  5. Sprinkle in spanish paprika, turmeric, cumin, coriander and chili powder. Cook for a minute.
  6. Add in lemongrass puree, kaffir lime leaves, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and salt. Stir to cook for 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  7. Add coconut milk and water. Stir to combine, cover and simmer curry on medium for 15 minutes or until oil begin separating on the sides and curry gradually thickens.
  8. Add halved hard-boiled eggs and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  9. Serve it hot with some jasmine rice and a side salad :)


Happy Holi (Festival of Colors) and Easter to everyone. Have fun and don’t forget to add more “fusion of flavors” onto your palate. It might result  into something magical.

Or let’s face it — we need more fusion curry in our lives especially when it’s supposedly Spring and I’m still in my socks all day long.

Brrrr…. Curry is definitely on the menu today.

How did you celebrate Holi and how would you celebrate Easter? What would be your fusion meal?


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1 dishesfrommykitchen March 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Awesome flavor for the egg curry… Its a nice addition of adding lemongrass in the egg curry. Fusion of thai and India. Asusual great pictures !!!


2 Kiran April 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Pavithra — thank you so much!


3 Mr. & Mrs. P March 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Hi.. We are new to your site.. Everything we have seen so far is amazing!! Hope you check us out.
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4 Kiran April 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Hi Mr. & Mrs. P — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely compliment :)


5 Rosa March 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Marvelous! This dish is awesome. I love fusion food, lemongrass and such curries.




6 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Rosa — thank you my dear :)


7 Radhika Vasanth March 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

This is a happy marriage of two cuisines. And your pictures are eye candy and reassure that spring is here.

Okay, let me continue drooling at the egg curry.
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8 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Radhika — thanks a lot for the sweet compliments! :)


9 Karen (Back Road Journal) March 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

What a delicious way to use some of the hard boiled eggs from an Easter egg hunt.
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10 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:13 AM

Karen — thank you! Love it when there’s numerous ways to use leftovers than just the usual recipe :)


11 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Looks delicious! I’m eating Paleo right now, so I’ve been enjoying a lot of curries. Always looking for new inspiration :)
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12 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Brandon — thank you, and so glad you are enjoying curries! It’s my all-time comfort food :)


13 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Beautiful photos, as always, Kiran! This curry looks so scrumptious – a great idea for leftover Easter eggs! Thanks for sharing and a very happy Easter to you!
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14 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Georgia — thank you and hope you had a very Happy Easter!


15 Lail | With A Spin March 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Very original.


16 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Lail — thank you!!


17 Monica March 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM

This dish looks amazing. I love Thai and Indian food (as well as Malaysian and, well, all kinds of food!) and this sounds so good. Everything is better with eggs and now I know that definitely includes curry. I love looking at your beautiful pictures – you really do the food justice!
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18 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Monica — thank you so so much for such thoughtful comments and compliments, which definitely made my day :)


19 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 30, 2013 at 12:57 AM

I love lemongrass, how perfect to add it to curry!
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20 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Laura — :)


21 Sanjeeta kk March 30, 2013 at 4:25 AM

Awee…that picture of eggs with the tiny soft flowers over is just mind blowing….your recipe gives me a reason to use lemongrass in my curries as well..let me taste how it turns out. Hugs.
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22 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Sanjeeta — thanks my dear. Let me know how it tastes!


23 Chocolate shavings March 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Love the colour of that curry sauce – yum!


24 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

CS — thank you so much!


25 dessertfortwo March 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Gorgeous! And yes, what a perfect time of the year for egg curry. I love your recipes. They’re always so warm and inviting :)


26 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Christina — thank you so much for the compliments! Truly made my day :)


27 Ina gawne March 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Kiran – this curry sounds mouth watering delicious! So yummy…I want this for breakfast…do you deliver??? Happy Easter to you and yours. :)


28 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Ina — thank you so much, but I don’t deliver. And yes, I do want this for breakfast too! Hope you had a great and Happy Easter :)


29 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition March 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

This is unique! Love it!
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30 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Sunnie — thank you!


31 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Happy Easter to you too!
The egg curry looks lipsmacking!
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32 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Angie — thank you and hope you had a very Happy Easter :)


33 CCU March 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Mmmm your egg curry looks too delicious my friend 😀

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34 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

CCU — thank you my dear :)


35 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) March 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I have never had an Egg Curry before and now I am wondering why – this sounds amazing!
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36 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Alyssa — try it and you’ll never go back :)


37 honeywhatscooking March 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM

wow, so smart of you to make eggs for Good Friday. And I love the touch of lemongrass to this curry dish. Honestly, I don’t celebrate Holi, never really have since we always lived overseas. Diwali is still celebrated, but not Holi. Very smart fusion meal. :)
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38 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Honey — thank you my dear. We don’t really celebrate Holi as much over here too.


39 Gemma @andgeesaid March 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

YUM! I love egg curry! Stunning photos, as usual! xxx

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40 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Gemma — thank you so much!!


41 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice March 31, 2013 at 3:40 AM

Amazing. I haven’t had egg curry in years, and it’s one of my favorites. My nanny used to make it for me (she was like a second mother to me) and I would literally squeal with happiness when she told me that was my afternoon snack after school.

So excited to try your recipe! Though I’ll have to make it just for one person, as my husband doesn’t love boiled eggs… oh well, more for me :)
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42 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Yasmeen — thanks for sharing your precious childhood memories with us. Food does create some wonderful memories :)

Leftover curries are way better a day or two ahead — and yes, more curry for you then 😉


43 marla March 31, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Such a delicious & intriguing egg recipe. Happy Easter!
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44 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Marla — thank you and hope you had a great Easter!


45 Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 31, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Your photos are gorgeous!!
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46 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Aimee — thank you!!


47 Ansh | Spiceroots March 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The only thing I love better than eggs, is egg curry. I love the addition of lemon grass and Kaffir lime leaves. Those two are just wonderful with coconut and eggs. And full marks for cooking this in coconut oil!!
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48 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Ansh — if a recipe has coconut milk in it, I usually up the coconut flavor by using coconut oil :)


49 john@kitchenriffs March 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Really good recipe! I love the idea of egg curry, but haven’t found one I truly liked. I love the flavors you’ve combined – this looks excellent. Thanks for this.
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50 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

John — thank you so much for many kind words :)


51 Jamie March 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Oh, Kiran, I have to try this recipe! I love egg curries! Beautiful!


52 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Jamie — thank you and I hope you get to try as soon as you return from a fab trip to SFO. Have fun!


53 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I really want to try this curry because I just bought a whole lot of lemongrass! 😀
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54 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Lorraine — lol, and I hope you try it soon before the lemongrass dries out 😀


55 amy @ fearless homemaker March 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Mmmm, I love a good curry and this one looks perfect! Your dishes always look spectacular. =)


56 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Amy — thank you so so much my dear :)


57 Carolyn Jung March 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

A great way to use up all those hard-boiled eggs after Easter. I can taste those warm spices already.
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58 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Carolyn — :)


59 sweet-lab March 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I love the medley of flavors in this dish and how the lemongrass curry represents the celebration of all the different people, cultures, and festivities!
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60 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Sweet-Lab — so well said, and thank you!!


61 Abbe@This is How I Cook March 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Love the sound of that curry sauce! I think I would just eat that with very big spoon!


62 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Abbe — Lol! I love your eating approach 😉


63 Raymund April 1, 2013 at 3:48 AM

Simple eggs infused with nice curry, totally yum!
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64 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Raymund — :)


65 Carolyn Chan April 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

You manage to make curry look posh ! Love the addition of the lemongrass.
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66 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Carolyn — aww, thanks dear :)


67 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Wow is that ever pretty! And I’m sure delicious…
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68 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Sommer — thank you so much, my dear friend :)


69 Nik@ABrownTable April 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I love egg curries, this is probably one to add to my list of recipes to make. It looks delicious!
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70 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Nik — thank you and I hope you’d try it soon. Let me know how it tastes :)


71 Gourmantine April 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Never had egg curry with lemongrass before, but your looks very inspiring!
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72 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Gourmantine — oh, thanks a lot dear friend :)


73 The Squishy Monster April 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

What a festive and fabulous recipe for Easter…it’s never occurred to me to make eggs + curry = yum!!
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74 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

TSM — thank you so much! We Indian’s always try making curries out of everything! #justkidding 😉


75 Jeanette April 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I love egg curry! I’ve never tried one with lemongrass, but that is another one of my favorite ingredients in Thai cooking. Can’t wait to try!


76 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Jeanette — thanks dear! And I hope you’d get to try this recipe soon :)


77 ashley - baker by nature April 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Your pictures just get prettier and prettier!

I LOVE lemongrass and am always looking for new ways to cook with it, so obviously I adore this recipe! So creative, Kiran.
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78 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Ashley — awww, thanks a lot my sweet friend :)


79 Kate@Diethood April 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Oh my my my! Absolutely mouthwatering! I could happily eat it every day!
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80 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Kate — me too!!!


81 Katerina April 2, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Fusing flavors and creating new dishes I think is what food blogging is all about! I love your eggs and their colors!
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82 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Katerina — very well said, my friend :)


83 Monet April 2, 2013 at 8:28 AM

What a beautiful egg curry! And I just love how you paired it with those lovely yellow flowers. Such beauties! Thank you for sharing it with us. Perfect for pre and post Easter.


84 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Monet — thank you so much, my dear :)


85 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I’ve eaten egg curry before but I don’t remember any lemongrass in it. That sounds yummy.

I know what you mean about learning to celebrate holidays differently. The Easter weekend is 4 days long in Australia. Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays here.
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86 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Maureen — I made a fusion of an egg curry that imparts flavors from Thailand. And I’m sure you’d enjoy it too :)


87 Asmita April 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Hi Kiran,
From the list of ingredients I can tell this loaded with flavor. Sounds like an incredible curry. Do you get ready made lemon grass puree?
I love egg curries and have a couple of recipes. I would love to try yours out.
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88 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hi Asmita — I get fresh and delicious tasting lemongrass puree from the makers of “Garden Gourmet”. I’ve seen it sold in many stores. Hope you get to try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :)


89 Lokness @ The Missing Lokness April 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Your egg curry looks amazing. I am starving now.
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90 Kiran April 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Lokness — thank you so much!!


91 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Such a BEAUTIFUL plate of curry, Kiran! It’s so difficult to take curry pictures, and you totally nailed it. I love the photo which is 2nd from the last. Makes me want to eat it – especially my favorite lemongrass in it. :)
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92 Kari@Loaves n Dishes April 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I’ve never made an Egg Curry at home, because I didn’t know where to start. I just love this combination of aromatics. I’m anxious to try this dish!
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93 The Mistress of Spices April 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Wow…think I’ll make this tomorrow!
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94 Kiran June 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM

TMOS — thanks and I hope you enjoyed this recipe :)


95 Needful Things May 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

It may no longer be cold but this curry sounds unbelievably delicious …. I think I may even have all the ingredients on hand. . or at least most of them. I cannot wait to try this out right away.
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