Friday, 23 April 2010

Keeri muttai/ Boiled egg with fried onions

One of our favourite dish. Very simple, aromatic and very tasty too. My mom used to make it often. The most funniest part of this dish is its name. We call it as 'keeri' muttai. There is also a small mammal called keeri pilla (mongoose). Ofcourse this is hen's egg and not from mongoose !!! :). Since this egg is cut open I guess they called it this way. It tamil the meaning of ' keeri' is to scratch or to cut. Whatever it is the taste will definitely conquer you. It is a dry preparation but you can mix those golden, crispy onions with rice and eat. They taste yummy!!! You will be surprised how onions, green chillies, curry leaves and turmeic powder could do the magic.

Ingredients :

Egg- 2 nos
Onion- 3 big red onions or some 20 shallots or pearl onions (If you use the big variety use only red onions)
Green chillies- 5 nos (adjust according to your taste)
Mustard seeds, jeera seeds and urid dhal- 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves- 20 leaflets
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tspn
Oil- 4 tbspns

Method :

Very simple. Cut onions into thin slices. Slit green chillies lengthwise and cut into two. Boil egg and cut them into two pieces as shown in picture. Now heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot enough add urid dhal. When it browns add mustard and jeera seeds. When they splutter add the onions, green chillies, curry leaves and turmeric powder.  Add enough salt too at this stage and saute the mixture by keeping the fire on sim. Saute until the onions turn golden brown. Add the egg at this stage and allow them to brown a bit on both sides. A very delicous, simple dish will be ready to be savoured. Just mix the onions with hot rice and enjoy with the egg pieces.

Taste enhancing tips for this recipe : Make it simple. Do not add any additional ingredients. Onions, green chillies and turmeric are must ingredients. Make thin slices of onions so that they get the required consistency quicker. Use red onions or shallots. Use of lots of onion makes this dish tastier. Use only green chillies and not chilli powder. Take care not to burn the egg pieces. When cooking always stand near the pan and stir the ingredients frequently otherwise the bottom layer get charred quickly. Happy cooking  friends !!! and have a beautiful week end.


  1. Manju,

    kerrai muttai looks really good, I love it.

  2. I make it the same way too but instead of green chillies I add pepper and I call it pepper egg . Hee Hee. Your step by step pics are really useful

  3. Easy & delicious...will surely try this next time

  4. wow keerai muttai looks delicious..very simple recipe.mixing the onions with rice -mouthwatering ..feel to have it now..looks yummy.
    anyway bookmarking this recipe...thanks for sharing yarr..

  5. This is our fav too..In fact I learned this from my hubby. The only dish he knew when he was in school :-)

  6. Keeri muttai looks fantastic, sometimes i add few tomato chunks to this egg masala, yummy side dish..

  7. Egg curry looks spicy and delicious.Happy Weekend to you too.

  8. Prani definitely do try it..

    Pavithra definitely it shud taste gud with pepper too..bcoz egg and pepper always go together very well :)

    Thank you frns :)

  9. I prepared egg roast day before yday, recipe was difft though..Your keeri muttai looks absolutely yummy!!

  10. Amma makes this the same way :) Looks delicious.


  12. i cook it myself. i am just 12 yrs young its very tasty