Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kelantanese Egg Curry - Kelantan Dish 10

I've never eaten a curry that tastes quite like this before. The taste is absolutely unique, so don't let the word 'curry' in the title of this recipe fool you. It does not smell or even taste of curry.. not at all! Despite the amount of the dried chilies used, there is not much heat (spicy) to it and thus, this dish is quite kid friendly. There's a hint of sweetness from the coriander seeds used (not sure how to explain this but somehow the coriander actually mellows the rest of the spices) and gives this dish a delicate feel. If you are not a fan of fiery curries, this dish would be perfect and even if you are a fan of fiery curries, do give this a try.

As I was only cooking for two and I do not like to keep hard boiled eggs overnight as they always give me stomach ache ( and also hard boiled eggs don't freeze well ), I only used 5 hard boiled eggs and I reduced the rest of the ingredients by half. The recipe given here is a full recipe by Betty Saw.


1 litre coconut milk, squeezed from 2 grated coconuts with sufficient water added
4 pcs dried sour fruit / asam gelugur / asam keping
20 hard boiled Eggs, shelled ( to shell hard - boiled eggs easily, add a little vinegar when boiling ) \
6 tomatoes, cut into wedges
6 red chillies, left whole
6 Green chillies, left whole
2 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp cooking oil

Ingredients to be sliced:

5 Shallots, peeled
5 cloves garlic, peeled

Ingredients to be ground:

20 pcs dried chillies, soaked in hot water to soften
4 cm knob ginger, peeled
4 cm knob galangal / lengkuas, peeled
4 cm knob turmeric / kunyit hidup, peeled
4 stalks lemongrass / serai, thinly sliced
30 white peppercorns
2 tbsp coriander seeds / biji ketumbar

1. Heat oil in a kuali or wok. Brown sliced ingredients. Add ground ingredients and fry until fragrant and oil separates.
2. Add coconut milk and dried sour fruit slices. Bring to a slow boil. Add all remaining ingredients and return to the boil, then remove from heat and serve with rice.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest, Kelantan Month hosted by My Kitchen Snippets.


WendyinKK said...

Kids love eggs.... kid friendly is good.
The telur kesum that I did is mildly spicy

PH said...

I know for sure I will like this curry because of the eggs heh..heh..

MiChi said...

my saliva excreting out now...and I can smell the rice too!

Unknown said...

belum pernah makan telur buat macam ni..nak try la nanti

Shereen said...

J would absolutely love this.. must cook this for him when his father is not around:))

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

This sounds very nice, meatless yet still substantial from the eggs and potatoes, and in a mild curry gravy. My type of food :)

phoenix said...

I just want to say, I absolutely love your work, the food looks yummy, the pictures amazing, and your recipes are very useful. Being Malaysian living overseas, really takes me home!

ICook4Fun said...

Wendy. yes this is a very mild curry. Great for kids.

Phong Hong, he he you like eggs too :)

Michi, oh yes, I like the rice swimming in the gravy :)

Norzila, harap you suka dish ni.

Shereen, oh ya the father tak suka telur :)

Esther, it should be nice to add some potatoes to it. Good idea.

Phoenix, thank you. I hope you try out some of the recipes here. By the way, where are you at?

Stephanie said...

a new way of eating eggs and it is not taste like curry at all, I will try this out with my kid too...

Unknown said...

Hi there....just dropping by...
Curry telor is one of my hubby's favourite....n each time when I cook it he'll be eating extra plates of rice...hehehe!

suituapui said...

A friend in Kuching cooked this for me once a long long time ago - late 60's or early 70's (mainly because I showed up at her house all of a sudden and she did not have any meat in the freezer)...but I loved it so much! Really enjoyed it! Somehow, I never got round to trying to cook it myself. Drool! Drool!

phoenix said...

I have tried one recipe and saved many for later! The presentation of your cooking and your photos look amazing, truly a work of art! I live in Sydney, Australia. I have a question regarding the kuih keria - will post my question there.

Vivi Hou said...


what does the sour fruit look like? i live in philly, do you think i can get it here? thanks!