Soft-Cooked Eggs with Coconut, Tomatoes and Spinach

4 Servings

35 minutes

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This dish was inspired by mutta thoran from Kerala in southern India. Instead of scrambling eggs with coconut and spices, we stir diced soft-cooked eggs into a fragrantly spiced mix of coconut, tomatoes and spinach to create a chunky, colorful curry. Either unrefined or refined coconut oil works here, though the stronger, richer coconut flavor from unrefined adds to the dish's complexity. The eggs can be steamed, cooled and even peeled a day ahead. Serve with steamed white rice or warmed flatbread.




Don't steam the eggs for longer than 9 minutes or they will be overcooked for this dish. Barely firm yolks are ideal because they blend with the other ingredients and create a rich, lightly thickened sauce. Also, don't use baby spinach, as it turns soggy and slippery when cooked; mature bunch spinach is the best choice.

35 minutes


  • 6

    large eggs

  • 3

    tablespoons coconut oil, preferably unrefined