Simple Everyday South Indian Thali - Egg Pepper Fry /Muttai Milagu Varuval

Starting the second week of blogging marathon #91 with mini thali as theme.Today's version of thali is an interesting one and make it whenever I  have no stock of veggies except onion and tomato.

The thali has
1.Steamed basmathi rice
2.Whole moong dhal fry
4.Egg pepper fry (recipe follows)
5.Homemade vathal (fryums)
6.Onion Pakora

Egg pepper fry is a semi dry and quick dish,you can make in it less than 15 minutes,if the eggs are boiled.This fry tastes excellent with simple rasam or dhal rice.

                                         Egg Pepper Fry / Muttai Milagu Varuval

   Basic Information
   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 15 minutes
   Serves ~ 3


Boiled eggs
Onion(finely chopped)
1 (medium size)
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 tbs
Ginger&Garlic paste
1 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagi podi
1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder
a pinch
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai
1(slit lengthy)
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
Red chilly/varamilagai(optional)
1.5 tsp
2 - 3 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
2 tbs

 For Dry roast and powder

Fennel  seeds/sombu
1 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
1 tsp


  • Boil the eggs in boiled water with a pinch of salt.One its done remove the shell and make some slits on the egg and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan on a stove top and dry roast the fennel seeds and black pepper till a rice aroma comes out.After cooling coarsely powder it and keep it aside.
  • In a  pan,heat the oil ,add in the chopped onion,green chilly,red chilly and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of  salt until translucent.
  • Add in the ginger& garlic paste and fry it for a minute.Add in the chopped tomato and mix it well.Cook it until mushy,add in all the spice powders and salt.Give it a mix and sprinkle a tbs of water.Cook it for a minute.
  • Now add in the boiled eggs and mix it well,now add in the freshly ground fennel and pepper powder.Mix it well and keep it on the flame  for 2 minutes.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.
  • Serve it warm with rasam rice or dhal rice.

  • The eggs can be halved and added.
  • The spices given is for a medium spice level.Alter it according to personal preference.
  • Here I used,just a tbs of chopped tomato as i wanted the fry to be semi dry.If you want gravy then add a tomato to get the desired consistency.



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That is an awesome thali Nalini. Love the egg pepper fry. It would be divine with rasam..

Feel like inviting myself to your place Nalini. With all those dishes, am sure one can finish his meal happily. Egg pepper fry looks super delicious.

Thali looks inviting. Love the presentation with the badam leaves(?) spread on the plate.

Wow is this your everyday thali, then I woiwo love to have food daily at your the combination of fennel and black pepper in egg, never tried it

oooooooooh,..............yum thali nalini....that egg masala......yum!!!

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