22 Egg Dishes From India You Need To Try At Least Once

You might think of eggs as a breakfast and brunch staple, but in many parts of the world, they are considered a nutritious source of protein worthy of being served any time of the day. With the average international consumption of 161 eggs per person in 2018, according to the International Egg Commission, it's no surprise that the repertoire of egg dishes is vast. Although around 40% of the Indian population reported following a vegetarian diet in a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, many still consume eggs.

Since the '60s, the country's egg consumption has been steadily increasing, though it still lags behind 100 or so other nations, (via Helgi Library). Nevertheless, egg-based dishes can be found in abundance in Indian cuisine, offering a world of flavors you'll never find in your eggs benny. From spice-packed scrambles to ancestors of the Scotch egg, pick up a few dozen eggs (or a hen while you're at it) and try out these delicious egg dishes from India.

Egg biryani

Indian food showcases influences from surrounding cultures, and we have Islamic Persians to thank for biryani. The traditional rice dish comes in many styles, including layered renditions and an assortment of ingredients that vary regionally. Chicken and mutton are common; some versions include nuts and dried fruits for added flavor and texture. Egg biryani is frequently served in the state of Hyderabad, where it stands as an excellent option for both egg-loving vegetarians and meat eaters.

Basmati rice is at the heart of this dish, wooing diners with its floral aromas and nutty taste. Fried onions, saffron, ginger, and garlic build on the flavor, and cooks customize it with assorted spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, and chili. Then come the eggs, hard-boiled and cooked with spices to infuse yet more flavor. Thanks to the multiple layers, every bite is brimming with rich flavors to accompany the eggs.

Egg bhurji

If your go-to egg order is scrambled, you'll want to track down a plate of egg bhurji in India. Also known as anda bhurji or khagina, the versatile dish is a household favorite in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Although the recipe varies widely depending on the ingredients on hand and the cook, all versions consist of eggs scrambled with fried vegetables. In some cases, hard-boiled eggs are chopped and added to the cooked vegetables, but the eggs are often cracked right into the dish and whisked until done.

Fried eggplants are a commonality of most recipes, along with onions, tomatoes, an array of spices, and fresh coriander. The dish is often served for breakfast with roti, chapati, or other flatbreads to scoop it up. It's also a great way to fill out a meal if you're in a pinch, as it pairs well with legume curries and mixed vegetables.

Masala omelet

If only our favorite breakfast spot served masala omelets (aka desi omelets), we'd never have to deliberate over what to order. As with most meals created to satisfy hunger in a nutritious manner, the ingredients vary based on convenience and availability. All the same, a few staples reappear in most versions: onion, tomato, chilis, turmeric, and fresh cilantro. If you're looking for a loaded four-egg omelet, the Indian version may appear lacking. However, what it's missing in bulk is more than made up in flavor.

Instead of being stuffed with a filling, a masala omelet is made by whisking eggs with finely chopped vegetables and frying the mixture like a crepe. In India, the breakfast dish is often served with plain white toast and ketchup in a sandwich and roti, chapati, or paratha flatbread.

Mughlai paratha

If you're a fan of flaky layers of dough, paratha should be on your radar. With regional variations across India and neighboring South Asian countries, it's hard not to be satisfied by the unleavened flatbread. The wheat-flour dish can be plain to serve with butter, chutney, or pickle, or stuffed with various ingredients like meat and vegetables. Meanwhile, the Mughlai paratha is filled with spiced minced meat (often mutton) and egg. Some recipes skip the meat altogether and pair the egg with vegetables for a protein-packed vegetarian meal.

Although the dish's name references the Mughal Empire, its history seems to trace back to Bengali cuisine. Aside from being a common street food, it's also served on special occasions like festivals. Unlike some round parathas sliced into triangles or rolled, Mughlai parathas are usually folded into the middle to make a rectangle cut into small pieces to enjoy as a snack.

Goan egg drop curry

In a place known for its stunning coastline and abundance of fresh seafood, egg drop curry is the consolation prize when there's no catch of the day. For this reason, the coconut curry mimics the preparation of local dishes that showcase fish.

Usual suspects like onions and garlic make up the base of the sauce, along with grated coconut, tamarind for an element of tang, and a multitude of spices including coriander, chilis, and turmeric. The ingredients are ground together with water to make a gravy-like sauce. Once the onions and garlic are cooked through, the eggs are cracked right into the sauce (or dropped, per the name) and cooked until done. A bowl of steamed rice is the perfect accompaniment to this saucy coconut egg curry.

Egg tadka

Eggs might not be the first item that comes to mind when ordering fast food, yet egg tadka was a popular quick meal in India in the '80s. Partly due to the inexpensive ingredients and ease of preparation, but especially due to the comforting flavors, the tasty dish has long been a favorite among consumers. The general agreement is that the recipe is an example of the Punjabi influence in Bengal, though several styles have evolved since its introduction.

The dish consists of two main components: a legume sauce and eggs. Mung beans and other pulses are cooked with ginger, garlic, onion, and tomatoes, as well as an assortment of spices, such as coriander, cumin, chili, and turmeric. Most recipes highlight the use of mutton fat to add flavor, though alternatives like ghee are common, too. Finally, whisked eggs are stirred into the hot legumes until they are just cooked, resulting in a creamy smooth dish, served with roti or paratha.

Egg korma

If you've dined at an Indian restaurant, then you're probably familiar with korma. The classic preparation draws from the Mughal influence in neighboring countries, though as with most Indian dishes, there are regional differences. Most recipes consist of a stock-based gravy and some include cream or yogurt too. Kormas are commonly thickened with nuts or seeds, such as cashews, almonds, poppy seeds, or coconuts, adding richness and flavor. A warm spice profile of chili, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, ginger, and garlic infuses plenty of flavor into the sauce.

In this recipe, the eggs are hard-boiled and sometimes marinated or fried in a pan to give flavor to the whites. When the sauce is mostly ready, the cooked eggs are added to the dish and warmed through in the gravy. Sprinkle fresh coriander on top for contrast and your egg korma is ready to serve.

Egg chaat

The world of chaat is vast and comprised of savory snacks with the perfect combination of taste and texture. In English, chaat means "to taste" or "to lick," and that's pretty much the gist of these street food dishes. Egg chaat showcases eggs front and center, turning them into a delectable treat you'll want to gobble up. The recipe is easily customizable, but the basic version consists of sliced hard-boiled eggs garnished with chutney, diced tomatoes, and onions.

Chaat masala is fundamental, and the spice blend typically includes coriander, cumin, mango powder, black salt, mint, and more. The result is tangy, spicy, and salty, adding a delightful pop of flavor to the base ingredients. Small bits of fried chickpea flour noodles known as sev are commonly sprinkled on top for a crunchy element.

Kolkata egg roll

Set aside images of deep-fried egg rolls — the Kolkata favorite is in a league of its own. Believed to have been popularized by British port workers from the East India Company in the 18th century, the convenient format and nutritious filling is the perfect meal to satiate hunger.

A standard egg roll in India consists of a flaky paratha topped with a fried egg or two, then garnished with fresh vegetables such as cucumber, carrot, onion, tomato, and bell pepper. Seasoned with chopped chilis, mustard oil, and pepper, the tasty roll is enhanced with a pinch of black salt, a popular seasoning with sulfur aromas. Adding lime, ketchup, or chili sauce is up to the diner, rounding off the bold flavors of the Kolkata egg roll.

Dim toast

While white toast is a staple in the U.S., it was only introduced to India with the arrival of the British. Here, traditional bread takes on many forms such as naan, roti, and chapati, though modern diets have made space for standard sandwich bread too. Considering that Indian bread is commonly used as a vessel for saucy curries and thick dals, you can bet flavor is at the forefront of dim pauruti, aka dim toast.

Not unlike French toast, the bread is soaked in an egg mixture seasoned with garlic, ginger, and green chilis, then pan-fried until both sides are golden and crisp. The bread is commonly fried in mustard oil, adding a peppery kick.

Egg bonda

This crunchy snack goes by a number of names like pakora and bhajia, and they are all delicious. Assorted foods like vegetables and paneer are coated in chickpea flour and deep-fried, creating a snack-sized fritter to dip in tangy chutneys.

The egg bonda is a protein-dense version common in Southern India, made by coating boiled eggs with spiced chickpea flour and frying the balls. The popular street snack gets an extra kick of flavor from chutney or ketchup, and a dusting of chaat masala takes it to the next level. You can't go wrong with a couple of egg bondas for a satisfying fried treat.

Egg dosa

Dosas are a common dish in Southern India, made with a mix of legume and rice flour. The fermented batter is cooked in a pan into a crisp crepe and served with assorted chutneys and pickles.

If your appetite is a bit larger, the tasty pancake-like disc can be served with an egg for an extra protein boost. Some recipes entail pouring a whisked egg into a pan over a near-cooked dosa, whereas others consist of a golden yolk in the center of the dosa. The savory dish is often served with tomato or coconut chutney and a lentil and vegetable stew called sambar.

Egg keema

Keema typically consists of a stewed mixture of minced meat and spices, but eggs play the starring role in this rendition. A base sauce of onion, ginger, garlic, chili, tomato, peppers, and spices like coriander, cumin, and garam masala make up the dish's foundation. The flavorful mixture is further enhanced with grated hardboiled eggs, providing a hearty dose of protein and an inimitable texture.

The thick eggy mince is delicious paired with fluffy pav, the Indian equivalent of a dinner roll. Flatbreads like naan, roti, or chapati are also common ways to serve the tasty mix. Don't forget a sprinkle of fresh coriander and a squeeze of lemon to brighten up every bite.

Palak egg

Palak paneer is a pretty common menu option in Indian restaurants in the States, but this take on the vibrant green dish showcases eggs. Instead of being speckled with white cubes of cheese, hard-boiled eggs take over in this protein-packed version. The spinach gravy is well-seasoned with garlic, ginger, onion, tomatoes, and garam masala.

Once the leafy greens have cooked with the spices for some time, they are typically pureed into a thick sauce. The result is fragrant, packed with nutrients, and ideal for enhancing plain hard-boiled eggs. You'll want to get every last drop of spinach gravy, so have a bowl of rice or your favorite flatbread on hand.

Chettinad egg curry

If hot foods are in your repertoire, a Chettinad egg curry is the way to go. Originating in the South of India in Tamil Nadu state, the dish is a spice-forward concoction sure to open up your sinuses. Chettinad cuisine is known for its use of chilis, and here they mingle with whole spices that are roasted, ground, then cooked with onions, tomato, and coconut to make a rich gravy.

As for the eggs, the recipe calls for boiling, marinating, and frying them until the exterior becomes pleasantly crispy, before adding them to the flavorful sauce. The spice profile veers toward warm aromas like coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, and fennel, making this an all-in-one powerhouse of flavor. Served with flatbreads or rice, you'll want to get your fill.

Kerala egg roast

In Kerala, egg curry is typically prepared with duck or chicken eggs. Aside from being a special home breakfast, the roast egg dish is commonly served as a snack on train journeys. Slow-cooked onions are the foundation of this dish, and you won't taste the same result by frying them quickly.

Classic flavors of ginger, garlic, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and curry leaves round out the dish's warming flavor, while tomatoes thicken the mixture. Kerala egg roast is known as a dry curry, meaning you won't be ladling sauce onto your plate. Nevertheless, the thick mixture is the perfect addition to boiled and lightly fried eggs.

Dhaba egg curry

While many meals are eaten at home, roadside stalls called dhaba are common across India. The style of cuisine served is prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked at length to help preserve it throughout the day. Whole spices are ground to add flavor, and plenty of oil is used to cook the dishes.

Slight variations exist from dhaba to dhaba, but a rich onion and tomato gravy typically makes up the base of an egg curry. It can be thickened with cashews, chickpea flour, or curd, and a smoky background taste reflects the coals used to cook it. Hard-boiled eggs are added to the sauce, often fried in spices beforehand.

Bengali egg curry

If you're in the mood for a fragrant dish that doesn't come in too heavy with the heat, a Bengali egg curry is a great option. The dish consists of hard-boiled eggs marinated with spices like turmeric, then fried with chunks of potato to add some bulk.

Meanwhile, the sauce sticks to classic ingredients like onion, garlic, ginger, and tomato, and spices such as coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves. Once the gravy is mostly done, the potatoes and eggs are added back into the pan to soak up the flavors. The curry is typically served with naan, roti, or rice as a filling breakfast or quick lunch. Actress, comedian, writer, and overall legend Mindy Kaling even shared a video on Instagram preparing the curry, which she describes as "one of my favorites from growing up!"

Malvani egg curry

The area of Malvan in Southern India is known for its prized spice blend, Malvani masala. Situated on the country's western coast, the region and its port was a popular stopover for travelers in the past. As such, a proprietary blend of spices including red chilis, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and ginger, came together to be the local mix. First roasted whole and then ground, the spices infuse warmth and rich flavors into the cuisine.

Malvani egg curry showcases these aromatic flavors cooked in a gravy made with onions and coconut. Hard-boiled eggs are added close to the end and heated in the savory sauce. There's no shortage of tasty flatbreads like roti and paratha to scoop up every bite.

Nargisi kofta egg curry

It might seem wild to suggest that Scotch eggs had their debut in India, but when you consider the country's history of colonization, it isn't that farfetched. Some accounts place the nargisi kofta's creation in the 15th century, whereas the Scotch egg was supposedly invented four centuries later. Considering its name and format, the origins of nargisi kofta likely stem from the Mughlai influence in Persia, where meat kofta is a traditional preparation.

Nargisi kofta consists of a hard-boiled egg coated in minced lamb meat and deep-fried. The eggs are served with gravy, often like a korma with nuts and yogurt. The savory dish is not as common in restaurants and you'll have a better chance trying it in someone's home — or making it yourself.

Egg butter masala

If butter chicken is your go-to order at Indian restaurants, this egg-based counterpart will satisfy your appetite. Also known as egg makhani, this velvety dish is all the creamy texture and rich flavors, in part due to the generous portion of butter in the recipe. Cashew and cream add to the decadent consistency, making this a filling meal no matter the time of day.

Onion, tomato, and spices make up the base of the sauce, which is thickened with various ingredients. The spice profile is subtle, aromatic, and devoid of eye-watering heat levels. As with most other styles of egg curries, hard-boiled eggs are fried in spices and added to the gravy near the end of the cooking time to soak up the flavor.

Dim posto

Among the various Bengali egg curries, dim posto stands out for its notable use of white poppy seeds. The seeds are soaked and ground, adding a nutty flavor and thickening the sauce. Green chilis, nigella seeds, turmeric, and onion make up the balance of most recipes, leaving the majority of the flavor and mass up to the poppy seeds.

Here, too, hard-boiled eggs are fried with turmeric in mustard oil to give the whites some flavor, before being added to the final poppy seed sauce. Dim posto is typically served with steamed white rice as a quick dish to enjoy for lunch or dinner.