Bengali Dimer Dalna (Egg Dalna Curry)

Dimer dalna is the traditional egg curry that the people in the Bengal region cook during festive occasions. There are many variations to this recipe, we are going to describe the one that we follow at home.



The procedure has several steps,

1. First the egg is boiled, skinned, marinated and sautéed

2. The potatoes are skinned, cut, marinated and sautéed

3. The spices are sautéed and cooked with the potatoes

4. Eggs are then added to the curry and mixed with the rest of the masalas


1. Take eight eggs

2. Add water to completely cover the eggs

3. Cover and put on the stove

4. Boil the eggs for about 10 minutes

5. In the mean time, skin the potatoes

6. Cut them in 1/2 inch cubes.

7. Cool the boiled eggs

8. Then peel

9. Spread 1 tbsp of turmeric powder on the eggs.

10. Spread half a tsp of salt.

11. Marinate and set it aside

12. Add 1 tbsp turmeric powder to the potatoes

13. Then half a tsp salt

14. Marinate and set it aside

15. Skin and dice 2 cloves of garlic

16. Similarly make 2 tbsp of diced ginger

17. Add oil to a moderately hot wok

18. Spread the oil inside the wok

19. Add the potatoes

20. Stir

21. Sauté them until they get a brownish tint.

22. Rransfer the potatoes and leave it aside.

23. In the same pan, add more oil

24. Add the marinated eggs

25. Fry the eggs with constant stirring for about 2-3 minutes

26. When the eggs take on red color, set them aside.

27. In the same pan add another tbsp of oil

28. Add 2 dried red chilies, broken into 2 halves

29. One Indian bay leaf, broken into 2 pieces

30. Stir for a minute

31. Add diced garlic

32. The diced ginger

33. Stir

34. Add roasted cumin powder

35. Chili powder

36. Stir for a minute

37. Add 1/2 cup of water

38. Mix

39. When the paste becomes thick

40. Add the fried potatoes

41. Stir for another 2 minutes

42. Add water to submerge the potatoes

43. Stir

44. Test for salt and add as is necessary

45. Cover the wok and let it boil for the potatoes soften.

46. Measure one half of a cup of rice flour

47. Add 1 cup water

48. Stir to mix and leave aside

49. Get your chopped cilantro ready for garnishing as the last step

50. The curry should be boiling

51. Stir

52. Add the rice flour mix  in slowly

53. Stir to mix any clumps that may form

54. Add the eggs

55. Stir again

56. Cover

57. Boil for another minute

58. Add 1/4 tsp of Bengali garam masala

59. Finally the chopped cilantro

60. Turn off the heat and let the curry cool down

This completes the egg dalna preparation

Takes about hour and a half to make and serves 3-4 people

Serve the dalna hot with hot steamed rice or chapattis.

Leave a Reply