Egg Drop Curry /Udaitha Muttai Kulambhu

Egg Drop curry aka udaitth muttai kulambhu is a popular village style curry,goes very well with idly,dosa and rice.

I usually make either Chettinadu egg curry or egg kurma  and never tried this egg drop curry on my own.As the egg disintegrates in the kulambhu easily if it is not properly made.

After seeing so many videos tried for couple of trials and finally made it almost close to the original.
This egg tastes very good as it gets soaked well in the kulambhu.If you are serving this for idly or dosa then the consistency can be on the thinner side,for rice it needs to be slightly thicker.Let's move on to the recipe..........

                          Egg Drop Curry/Udaitha Muttai Kulambhu

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4 (generously)


Onion(finely chopped)
2 medium size
2 medium size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2-3 (slit lengthy)
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tbs
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1-1.25 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
3 tsp
Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1 -2 sprigs
big gooseberry size
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
1-1.25 tsp
1.5 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Star anise
1 petal
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/4 tsp
 Grind it to fine paste

4 tbs
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds/kasakasa
1/2 tsp


  • Soak the tamarind in water for 5 minutes and extract the juice.Grind the given ingredients to a fine paste and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil and do the tempering and add in the green chillies,curry leaves and onion.Saute the onion until translucent.Now add in the ginger&garlic paste.Fry it until raw smell disappears.Add in the pureed tomato .
  • Cook it for a while and now goes in all the spice powders and salt.Fry it till the oil separates.Add in the tamarind water.
  • Also add a cup of water,let it boil for 5 minutes in a medium flame.Add the ground coconut paste at this stage.Adjust the consistency with water and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the flame and break egg,take it in a small bowl.Add the egg while the kulambhu is boiling.Add the rest of the egg same way.Do not add on top of one egg,one in the center and rest eggs in the sides.Increase the flame and cook it undisturbed.Do not mix it with a ladle.After 5 minutes slowly with the help of spatula stir it,so that the eggs won't settle in the bottom.Sprinkle the coriander leaves and put off the flame.
  • Serve it with idly,dosa or rice.

  • The ingredients given is for a slightly spicier version you can increase or decrease the red chilly powder according to your preference.
  • Before adding the eggs the kulambhu must be slightly water,so that the consistency will be perfect after the eggs are cooked.



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The pictures have come out so well Nalini..My SIL makes this and everybody likes it a lot!..

I have seen videos of poaching eggs and I am so afraid to try it for the fear of it disintegrating. This Indian version of spicy poached eggs looks superb. Kudos to you to have nailed it. The photos look so amazing.

I have never tried this version of egg curry. Looks very tempting. Bookmarking!

I have tried this from Priya's blog couple of times, but that was a longtime back. Have to make it again nalini.

That is a wonderful curry for egg lovers. Looks so yummy and very well presented.

Delicious curry.. Tempting me a lot..Lovely pics too:)

I bet this is a royal treat for egg lovers. The pictures so inviting.

Amazingly delicious. I have eaten this kind of egg curries but never tried it myself. Pictures are yum.

I have already fallen for this recipe. Beautiful clicks too.

Beautiful ! The dish looks very interesting , like the ingredients used here , tamarind must be giving the curry an awesome flavour .

An interesting recipe Nalini, come across it for the first time. Looks so tempting and I know how difficult it is to not let the egg disintegrate. Have tried the technique for a soup and it was difficult.

This kuzhambu is my most favourite, obviously i make quite often especially when i ran out of meats, beautiful plating.

tamarind is an interesting addition here ! must be flavourful with idly and dosa

I too have heard about this recipe but am somehow afraid to try it thinking will the eggs get properly cooked... I am not a fan of uncooked eggs. But your step-by-step pics are motivating me...

I think you have nailed the recipe!! Nice pics..

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