My husband had this egg based dish at an restaurant in Bangalore many years back. Apparently it had boiled eggs, dipped in egg batter, fried and then cooked. It then had grated eggs sprinkled on it. So he named it egggggggggg or dimmmmmm (Bengali for Egg).
Based on his description (which is flaky at best) I made this. We liked the final product and I think it will make a great starter, especially if you have vegetarian friends who also eat eggs (common variety these days).
- 4 hard boiled eggs shelled
- 1 raw egg
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 1 large tomato chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2-3 green chilies slit lengthwise
- 1 tsp. ginger paste
- 1 tsp. shredded garlic
- 1 tbp. kashmiri red chili powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 1 tbsp. maida ( all purpose flour)
- 1 tsp. corn starch or rice flour
- 1 tsp. sugar
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
Cut 3 boiled eggs lengthwise in quarters.
In a bowl take maida or corn starch or rice flour, 1 tsp. chopped cilantro, and a pinch of salt. Mix all these dry ingredients together. Now break the raw egg and add to it. Beat well to make a thick batter.
Take oil in a wok and heat it up. Pour 1 tbsp. hot oil in the egg batter and give a nice stir. Now dip each egg quarter into the egg batter and gently slide it in the hot oil. Fry on medium heat for a minute and then remove them on a paper towel.
Take 4-5 tbsp. oil in a pan and sprinkle 1 tsp. garam masala powder to it. Add sliced onions along with sugar and a pinch of salt. This sugar will give the dish a vibrant red color. Fry onion on low heat till they turn soft. now add chopped tomato, ginger and garlic to it. Sprinkle Turmeric and chili powder and mix well. Keep frying the masala on low heat till oil separates out and the spices become mushy. Now add fried eggs along with green chilies and cilantro. Sprinkle salt. Mix well in a gently so that all eggs are well coated with spices. Remove from heat and transfer the content in a serving bowl.
Take the other hard boiled egg and grate it. Garnish your dish with shredded egg and serve.