Thursday, November 29, 2007

Egg Aviyal

Why this egg dish is called an aviyal I do not know but this is how my MIL refers to this and since I learnt this recipe from her, I follow suit. This is my husband's favorite, a very delicious side-dish, can be made in a jiffy and pairs really well with rice and rasam.



Eggs - 4, boiled, peeled & cut into big pieces
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt, to taste

Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - half tsp

To Grind:
Onion - half, cut into big pieces
Dried Red Chillies - 3 to 4
Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Black peppercorns - 5 (or to taste)
Turmeric - a small pinch


1) Heat half a teaspoon of oil and sauté the onions till lightly brown. This step is entirely optional but I just prefer it this way. Grind the fried onions with the red chillies, coconut, turmeric and pepper to a thick paste with very little water.

2) Heat the remaining oil and season with mustard seeds and curry leaves, then add the ground paste, salt and fry this for a few minutes till it starts to brown a bit. Now add the egg pieces and toss this gently with the paste on a medium flame.

3) Continue doing the above until the pieces are well coated with masala and are well cooked, which takes about 4-5 minutes. Egg avial is now ready.


  1. Egg Avial? Nice name for this dish. I'm an egg lover and I absolutely fell for this dish as soon as I saw it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have half a dozen eggs waiting to be used, great idea to make Egg Avial. Thanks Laavanya, I will try. See you in 2 weeks sweetie!:))

  3. egg avial looks delicious..this is new to me....wanna try smetime....

  4. hey that name sounds so different. When I saw Avial, I expected gravy but that egg avial looks amazing!!

  5. Thats an interesting & tasty looking dish... Never tasted that at your Mil's place, must ask her now that soon i will see her more often...

  6. all i want to say is hey laav :)...i do not eggs...but i wanted to comment :D

  7. Lavanya, Thanks for this unique egg Avail recipe. Sure to try.

  8. Never heard of an egg avial before, L. I don't know why this would be called an avial but this sounds and looks super good!
    I have got to try this as soon as I finish the 100+ recipes in my folder:-)

  9. Avial is to be cooked by steam. Cooking eggs is always referred to as 'Muttai avikarathu' in Tamil. Hence the name.

  10. wanted to say..i do not EAT eggs...bah me and typos!!

  11. I like this and I am going to make it sometime :)

  12. Kribha, I have no doubt that you will like how this tastes. Add a bit more coconut for it to be tastier... :) Thanks.

    Asha, thanks.. you have a good break and enjoy yourself. Will miss ya. Hugs.

    Hi Remya, thanks for dropping by. Hope you get a chance to try this.

    Padmaja, thanks! so glad to hear you like the looks of it.

    Seema, sure.. but if you don't want to wait another 6 months, you can try making it at home :D

    Hee Hee Rajitha... don't worry about your typos.. I understood what you meant. Really sweet of you to comment inspite of not eating eggs. Thank you!

    Rina, you are most welcome.. Hope you do try it.

    TBC, ha ha.. that is one loooong list. Let me know whenever you get to it. I'm sure you'll like this. Thank you so much.

    Suganya, thanks for the info.

    Cynthia, am so happy to hear that.. Hope you do try it sometime. Thanks :)

  13. Yummy avial. Could really have the whole lot. I guess it would be too much on my cholestrol levels - wont it??

  14. Egg Avial when i saw the title, i said to myself this i indeed have to check it out.
    Really unusual, but looks delicious

  15. laavanya, fantastic recipe! i will surely try this one...:)

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  16. Nice name and good idea to make out of egg.I will surely try it sometime.Thnaks for sharing :-)

  17. What a coincidence, even I posted 'Egg Biryani; today on my blog. Love the name 'Egg Aviyal' . Thanks to ur MIL, we got to know such lovely dish.

    ~ Siri

  18. lovely egg recipe looks soo yummy

  19. Laav,
    thats a great dish!
    I like all egg dishes, and would definitely will try this, but as TBC said, there is a long list waiting for me..:)

  20. Shella, I know what you mean. My husband does overindulge when I make this.

    Happy Cook, Thanks.

    Lissie, Thank you.. Hope you try it. Let me know how you like it.

    Viji, Thanks.. :)

    Siri, just checked out your Egg Biryani. I make something similar too.

    Thank you Sagari and Seena for your kind words.

  21. I love trying out new egg recipes and the egg avial sounds yummy, will try it


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