Honestly, thinking about good cheat meal ideas is a tough task. Almost everyone relies on the “fast food” (which is also fine), but I still feel that cheat meals are more about nourishing or “re-fueling” (without compromising on taste) than eating absolutely anything on earth!
Talking about Indian food recipes, curries are usually thought of as loaded with butter. But, not this ‘cheat meal’ egg curry recipe. It has herbs, spices, and even more protein than you can probably imagine!
Spices have been a part of Indian culinary since time being; moving further back to the past, they have been celebrated for their medicinal properties too.
So, is it really a cheat meal, afterall?
(Part I to make a healthier egg curry)
- Black Peppercorns (7)
- Cloves (5)
- Cinnamon (1 stick)
- Star Anise (1) (optional)
- Black Cardamom (1)
- Green Cardamom (6)
Here is why I used black pepper in my egg curry recipe:
- Rich in anti-oxidants
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Helps control sugar
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Has cancer fighting properties
- Helps in absorption of other nutrients
Here is why I used cloves in my egg curry recipe:
- High in anti-oxidants
- Helps to kill bacteria
- Improves liver health
- Regulates blood sugar
- Improves bone health
- Reduces stomach ulcers
Here is why I used cinnamon in my egg curry recipe:
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Improves sensitivity to insulin
- Cuts the risk of heart disease
- Improves neurodegenerative diseases
- May protect against cancer
- Beneficial for diabetic patients
Here is why I used star anise in my egg curry recipe:
Here is why I used black cardamom in my egg curry recipe:
- Promotes Gastrointestinal Health
- Helps with asthma
- Improves oral health
- Has Anti-Carcinogenic properties
- Anesthetic properties
- Helps in detoxification
Here is why I used green cardamom in my egg curry recipe:
- Has diuretic properties
- Protects from chronic diseases
- Helps with digestive issues
- Treats bad breath
- Helps with anxiety
- Helps prevent cavities
- Full Fat Yogurt / Greek Style Yogurt / Curd (3/4th cup)
- Coriander Powder ( 3 tbsp)
- Paprika (2 tsp)
- Tumeric (1/2 tsp)
- Cumin Powder (1/2 tsp)
- Garam Masala (3/4 tsp) (optional)
- Salt (1 Tbsp)
- Ginger and Garlic Paste (1.5 Tbsp)
- Ghee/ any other oil (1/4 Cup)
- Onions (3-4 medium)
- Hard-boiled eggs (5-6)
- Freshly chopped coriander to garnish (1/2 cup) (optional)
(Part II to make a healthier egg curry)
- After you remove the shell from the eggs, make 7-8 holes using a toothpick so that they could take in the flavor. Keep one egg aside to be mashed and added in the gravy later.
- Heat the oil/ghee in a pan and add the chopped onions. Sautee them until they turn golden brown.
- Drain off the excess oil from the onions and put them out on a plate. Let them cool for a while.
- Shift the onions in a food processor after they have cooled down completely and blend them into a paste.
- In the remaining oil, add a pinch of turmeric and paprika powder and slightly sautee your hard-boiled eggs for a minute. Keep them aside to cool.
- In the remaining oil, mix in yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Coriander Powder, paprika, turmeric, cumin powder, garam masala, salt, and other whole spices (Black Peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, black cardamom, and green cardamom.)
- Stir it constantly for 5-7 minutes or until the oil has separated over a medium flame.
- Add in the onion paste and mashed egg and stir again for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the garam masala (optional) and 1/4th cup water and let the curry simmer for 7-10 minutes on a low flame.
- Turn off the flame, add your boiled eggs, garnish with coriander, give it one last stir and enjoy with naan or rice!
Calories and Macros
Calories and macros for the entire recipe (serving size 3):
- Calories: 1,300
- Protein: 62g
- Carbs: 51g
- Fat: 90g
Calories and macros per serving:
- Calories: 434
- Protein: 20g
- Carbs: 17g
- Fat: 30g
Feel the urge to indulge in a macro-friendly healthy dessert? Try these Healthy 3-Ingredients Desserts next.
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