Friday, April 03, 2009

Doi Dim -- Eggs in a Yogurt Sauce


"In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth."
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Today is a rare day. I don't feel like writing anything except the recipe

So enjoy the silence and Doi Dim aka Eggs in a Yogurt Sauce. This is almost like the doi maach recipe and when my Ma made this last year we all loved it.


Doi Dim ~ Eggs in a yogurt sauce


Cook 6 eggs so that they are hard-boiled. Then peel them. Score the tip of the eggs and rub them with a little turmeric and salt


Make a paste of about 1 cup of chopped red onion. If your onion paste tends to get bitter fry the onion in a tsp of oil till soft and then make a paste.

Start Cooking:

Heat oil in a Kadhai/Frying Pan

Add the eggs and fry them till they are a nice orange-yellow color. I don't fry them too much because I don't like the skin all crinkled but I do love the gorgeous yellow color the eggs take with all that light frying with turmeric

Take the eggs out with a slotted spoon and keep aside

Season or temper the same hot oil with 2 Green Cardamom/Elaichi, 2 Clove/Laung, 1/2" or less thin stick of cinnamon, a small Bay leaf/tej patta (this is actually whole Garam Masala)

When the spice pops add the Onion paste

Fry with 1/2 tsp of sugar till the onion turns a shade of pinkish brown and you see the oil separating. Remember the onion paste should not burn but should turn a nice shade of lighter brown with tinges of pink. If you are using fried onion paste, this step will be faster. Approx. 5-6 mins.

Meanwhile in a bowl add 1/2 cup of plain thick yogurt, 1 tsp of Ginger paste, 1 tsp of Red chilli powder (adjust according to your taste), pinch of Maida/AP Flour, little Turmeric powder and beat well till the mix is smooth. Note: I feel this dish requires a little heat from the chilli so if you are not using Red chilli powder compensate with hot Indian Green Chilli

Take the Kadhai/Frying pan off the heat and add the beaten yogurt slowly. Mix with the onion paste and return to heat after 30 secs or a minute. At low heat cook the sauce for 3-4 minutes. Note: If you add the yogurt directly when the utensil is on heat the curd may curdle so you need to do this

Add 1/2 - 1 cup of water

Add salt and 4 slit green chillies(hot Indian green chilli)

At low-medium heat let the gravy simmer till it comes to a boil. Let the gravy thicken to your desired consistency

Add the eggs, raise the heat and cook for a couple more minutes

Add sufficient chopped coriander and you are done. While serving you can slice the eggs in halves or let them remain whole

Related egg dishes in my blog

Dim er Dhoka

Spicy Egg Bake


  1. Will try this one out. I like experimenting with eggs a lot. Have you ever tried the one where you add some besan and chopped green chillies while frying the onions and then carry on like regular 'dim-er'daalna'? It tastes pretty good.

  2. ur dish look yumy...even i like egg dishes too....will try ur style soon..tx for sharing

  3. I just saw your menu for week and I was going to ask for Doi Dim recipe, comment was closed and here you are with it!
    Love the egg dish, yogurt sauce sounds so good. I will make this, we love Egg dishes. Thanks for the recipe.

    There is a Egg dishes event if you like to send this to it.

    Have a fun weekend, it's supposed to be very sunny weekend here, might BBQ some Burgers! :)

  4. For u is a rare day, Most of days my mind is blank with only recipe in hand. Actually tuesd I was looking on ur site about this egg curry. I will try soon ! Thanks for the recipe & Delicous!

  5. i hear ya :)..some days you just want to get to the point..btw. liked ur weekely menu..may borrow an udea or two...not that i am lacking in time...i like easy fixes for jeeves lunch :),,have a great weekend sandeepa!

  6. Hi, Happy Sri Rama Navami!

  7. lovely pic. **goes back into silence** :D

  8. This sounds so unique and intriguing.. delicious.. love the photo!

  9. The first picture is gorgeous. Love the color combination and the contrast it has.
    I enjoy your writing, so I hope you come back to your non-silence mode :-))

  10. after a night of wailing winds I kind of like the silence. The egg dish looks delicious and for egg fans nothing like a new recipe. Yogurt sauce sounds good.

  11. Great pix *Trying to enjoy the silence*

  12. I have never cooked egg with yougurt. kintu eat ekdom maacher kalia r moton shonachey. cool idea.. i will need to try this out sometimes..

  13. I am always looking for egg recipes,and even while cooking as a teenager, I used to try adding curd to everything - so this seems to be a perfect combination! Looks really delicious!

  14. Anamika
    Never added besan to regular dim er dalna. And then you add tomatoes and everything too ?

    Thanks Everyone
    It IS quiet around here :D

  15. I love the crinkly skin .. and add some sugar when frying .. the eggs get a reddish tinge. Doi dim kokhono korini ... darun idea Sandeepa! :-)

  16. Gorgeous Pics ,lovely captured moments..
    hugs and smiles

  17. Oh wow, never heard of it. I should try this. I like cooking with yogurt! :)

  18. Eta ekdom notun recipe. Try korbo.

  19. A rare day that I don't leave you a 3-page comment, Sandeepa :)

    Love doi dim... I bet that would make a lovely breakfast too!

  20. This egg curry looks ineresting with yougurt! mmm will give a try sometime.

  21. Yes, normal tomato, ginger, garlic and everything else after the besan.

  22. Doi Dim sounds and looks fab! Nice idea to start a weekly menu post. Might help me too :)

  23. Hi Sandeepa,
    anything with doi, I just love that recipe. I am hosting an event for this month, its on eggs, would love to have this recipe as an entry. Check the link for more details:

  24. lovely pics and nothing like doi dim ..:)

  25. I like your doi dim...........I am going to try it out soon.Here I'd like to use mustard oil as the cooking medium...........Finally before turning off the flame I'd add some mustard oil(it gives a wonderful flavour).

  26. Ooh, I love this recipe, will give it a try soon.


  27. Hi Sandeepa,
    This is my first attempt at Doi Dim and it just turned out so tasty, that I am unable to describe it in words. I loved the way you give approximate measures, this gave me a completely free hand to make the dish just right to my liking. I am going to be a regular visitor to your site. Thank you.

  28. came to this recipe from asha's blog... I love egg dishes... but I must admit... I loved the name more than anything else...

    egg = dim?

  29. Thanks for the recipe...tried it today and it came about pretty nice :)

  30. Hi Soma..I love going through your blog. I tried this recipe yesterday..and my yoghurt sauce came out bitter. I think it was from the onion paste. Do you know how I can avoid that in the future?

  31. Trish

    I have seen onion paste going bitter some times. Does not happen always with me. You can do one of the following and see

    1.Fry onion lightly and then make the paste
    2.Chop off the two ends of the onion, soak in water for 15-20 mins and then grind.
    3.While making a paste, make a coarse paste than a very smooth one. Fry the onion paste at low heat for a longer time to get rid of the bitterness
    4.Red onions are better than yellow in this scenario
    5.Try microwaving the chopped raw onion and then making the paste.

    I have not tried all of the above except 1, 3 & 4 which I usually follow

  32. Hi,

    Have tried this one and it is really really awesome :) Thanks for sharing this and several other mouth watering dishes :)

    - Mallika


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