Dimer Dalna - Bengali Egg Curry recipe

Dimer Dalna | Bengali Egg Curry Recipe

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Dimer Dalna is basically Bengali Egg Curry which is probably the most recurring dish in every Bengali household. Here, hard-boiled eggs are slightly fried before cooking them with potatoes in gravy. This is one of those recipes which gives comfort to all, those who cook as well as those who eat. It is easy to make and absolutely delicious in taste.

The USP of this recipe for egg curry is its mildly spicy gravy and the fact that it has potatoes in it. When served with rice, it makes for a wholesome meal at one go! We call it Dimer Dalna, although the Dalna recipes are no-onion & no-garlic recipes, it is more aptly known as Dimer Jhol

Among several other egg curry recipes, this one happens almost once a week, and I was surprised to see that even after having 250+ recipes on my blog, I haven’t shared this one over here!

Probably because I make it when I am pressed for time or have no energy left. So, this time I made it on purpose for my blog even though I made it for dinner a couple of days back, but no one’s complaining.

Bengali Egg Curry Recipe - Dimer Dalna

Among different Bengali curries with egg, this one is most preferred because it is usually less spicy and has a runny gravy which makes it ideal for a lunch meal with rice. The Dimer Kosha is usually a spicy egg curry recipe with a thick gravy, making it perfect to go with Naan/Paranthas/Rotis.

There’s is another recipe for egg curry known as Dim Shorshe, also known as Dim er Jhal. It is hard-boiled eggs cooked in Mustard gravy also served as a side with Rice.

And as I sit down to write this post, I suddenly realise that we Bengalis cook eggs in so many different ways. No wonder I go through 4 crates of 30 eggs each month and we are a family of just 3!

I have probably half a dozen Bengali egg recipes up on the blog, and probably another dozen still waiting to be written. So, in case you are looking for egg recipes in Bengali cuisine or any other cuisine, I think I have you covered. I will list some of them below for a quick reference.

How to make Dimer Dalna – Ingredients list

  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Ginger-Garlic paste
  • Spices like Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder, etc.
  • Garam Masala Powder
  • Mustard Oil
  • Ghee – omit if vegan

As you can see, the ingredient list is pretty crisp and uses more or less pantry staples. If you cook Indian food regularly, you are pretty much ready to go with this recipe.

Here, I have tagged my homemade Bengali Garam Masala powder recipe (or, Gorom Moshla, as we like to call it). However, if you have any other Garam Masala powder in your stock, you can use that as well.

But if you like cooking Indian recipe often, especially Bengali food, then I would strongly suggest you make your own Garam Masala powder. It is super easy, and the aroma is beyond amazing. You will NEVER go back to those store bought ones, after you try the homemade one.

Looking for more easy Egg Recipes? Check these out.

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Step-by-step instructions for this Dimer Dalna recipe in Bengali style

Dimer Dalna | Bengali Egg Curry Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Dimer Dalna is basically Bengali Egg Curry which is probably the most recurring dish in every Bengali household. Here, hard-boiled eggs are slightly fried before cooking them with potatoes in gravy. This is one of those recipes which gives comfort to all, those who cook as well as those who eat. It is easy to make and absolutely delicious in taste.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Bengali Egg Curry, Egg Recipes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 2 Eggs Hard-boiled
  • 2 Potatoes Medium Size-Boiled-Halved
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee optional
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder adjust as per taste
  • 1 Onion Medium – paste
  • 2 Tomatoes Small – paste
  • 1 inch Ginger paste
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
Instructions
  1. Heat the mustard oil in a pan. Add a pinch of Turmeric Powder and give it a swirl. Meanwhile, give lengthwise incisions on the eggs just to score the outside white albumin shell.

  2. Now, drop the eggs and potatoes in the oil and give it a gentle swirl every once in a while. This is to ensure they get a slight crisp cover on the outside. Once they get fried golden on all sides, take them out.

  3. Now, in the same oil add the sugar and let it melt and caramelize. This will give the curry a vibrant and rich red colour, without a boatload of oil and spices.

  4. Once it melts and darkens (but not burns) add the bay leaf along with onion paste, ginger-garlic paste and tomato paste. Stir everything and fry till they dry up completely.

  5. Add the Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder and Salt at this stage.

  6. Add a splash of water and cook till there is no raw smell to the onion. It should take somewhere around 8-10 minutes of cooking on medium heat.

  7. Now, add back the fried eggs and potatoes and mix. Add water as per the gravy you need.

  8. Add the Garam Masala powder and ghee and allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes before turning off the heat.

  9. Serve hot with rice.

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