Chettinad Egg Gravy / Chettinadu Muttai Masala

Second recipe of this week is from Chettinadu Cuisine which I have tried it from Nalini's Kitchen. Few weeks before, during my random browsing in facebook, her picture caught my attention through which I went to her blog to see the recipe. Found the ingredients involved in that recipe are similar to chettinad chicken gravy which I have already tried and guessed this gravy also taste in a similar way. so, I bookmarked the gravy at the moment I saw it and tried it couple of times. Got a nice feedback from the husband as I expected. If you are a spicy lover then, it is a very good recipe to try.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3


For Gravy:

Onion - 2 nos., medium size, finely chopped
Tomato - 2 no., medium size
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Green chilli - 1 no
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - 2 spring, for garnishing

For Egg:

Eggs - 3 nos.
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - a pinch

For Roasting and Grinding:

Cloves - 5 no.
Cinnamon - 2 inch piece
Dry red chilli - 3 no.
Coriander seeds - 1 tablespoon
Black pepper - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds - 1 teaspoon
Poppy seeds - 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup

For Seasoning:

Oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaves - 1 no.
Curry leaves - 1 spring


1) Hard boil egg for 7-10 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, roast all the ingredients given under "For Roasting and Grinding" except poppy seeds and coconut. Roast well till you smell nice aroma out of it. Towards the end of roasting, add poppy seeds and coconut. Continue roasting for few seconds and turn the flame off. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Make a smooth paste of it by adding 1/4 cup or enough water.

3) Make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chilli. Roughly chop tomatoes and make a paste of it using a blender. Keep both aside.
4) Take a pan and heat oil in it. Throw in mustard seeds, fennel seeds and bay leaves.
5) Add chopped onion with curry leaves once the seasoned ingredients splutter. Saute it till the onion becomes soft.
6) Add freshly ground ginger garlic green chilli paste and fry for 1 minute.

7) Add ground tomato and cook till the raw smell of tomato completely goes off.
8) Now, add the ground masala and turmeric powder. Mix well. Once the masala gets cooked well, add 1-2 cups of water. Let it boil in medium flame.

9) By now, the eggs would have boiled. Peel off the skin and prick using a fork.
10) In another pan, heat a teaspoon of oil. Add eggs followed by salt and red chilli powder.
Roll the eggs well so that the red chilli powder coats the eggs nicely. Fry for a minute.

11) When the gravy becomes thick and the oil oozes out from the gravy, add eggs and mix it well.

12) Continue cooking for few minutes and turn the flame off.
13) Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.


1) I adjusted the dry red chillies, Green chillies and red chilli powder as per my taste buds. For the quantity mentioned here, it tasted too hot. If you do not like spicy gravy, reduce the red chilli quantity and prepare the gravy.
2) Instead of onion, add shallots/ Chinna vengayam for additional taste.
3) It is slightly thick gravy with eggs. Adjust water quantity based on the consistency you need.

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Thanks for trying the recipe,your picture makes me hungry even after my lunch.The third click is awesome Uma....cannot take my eyes from the click.

finger licking curry makes me drool!!!

Deliciously spicy looking gravy. Excellent preparation.

Egg curry looks so tempting and delicious. Beautiful clicks!

curry looks so flavorful and spicy, yummm.....

Egg cury looks spicy n flavourful....loved ur all clicks!!

The muttai masala looks lip smacking. I learned this from my MIL's neighbour who is from karaikudi. My kids love it a lot.

that is a very flavorful egg curry... yummy...

so u r experimenting more in egg curries nowadays.. :) lovely clicks.. love the fresh spices in the gravy..

Curry looks very delicious and yummy.

pl. check this out

flavorful n yummy preperation.. lovely clicks as always..

wow this is simply awesome Uma....

wow!! Uma...the clicks are sooo soo deadly..beautiful..and a recipe soo welll explained. Nice !!

Chettinad cuisine is something which I have not experimented much... I guess I was waiting for the right recipe, this looks so easy to make and so well explained....your click is so tempting...bookmarked!!

super n happy to follow you

helo uma.. I tried tis n it came out wel... but i didnt got tis color...cud u plz tel me y?

Hi Yohashri, The colour depends on the red chilli you use. The more number of chillies will give bright red colour. Try using less spice chilli variety so that you can use more number of red chillies to get correct spicy level and colour.

tried ur recipe n it turn out husband likes it as was delicious....most importantly ur steps are easy 2 follow....well,with pictures sumore.....thanx 4 sharing tis....i hope u can share recipe for sothi....tofu sothi....:)...thanx

hmmmmmm yummy i tried this recipe its was so mom dad bro say so yummy..thanx for this recipe

I just tried this recipe today... it was so good :) thanks fr sharing this recipe

I'm just not able to get my curry the red color that's soo beautiful in your pix...

Hi Lakshmi, This colour depends on the red chilli what you use. Try using less spice chilli variety so that you can use more number of red chillies to get correct spicy level and colour. or simply use kashmiri red chilli.

Very delicious Egg curry ever. Chettinad non-veg always wonder me.Why we add eggs boiled instead of boiled and fried in oil? I think its very very delicacy.I am tried that.Good job uma.

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog today while searching for simple egg curry. I tried your recipe today for a quick dinner. It was great! I added shallots and didnt grind the tomatos. I just chopped them and added them in. I also didnt have coconut and made the gravy a bit thinner. It tastes great!. Your masala made the curry so tasty, my family said it tasted like crab curry! Hahaha so thank you for the recipe :)

Hi Durga, Thanks for the feedback. You made my day. :-)

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