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Bis Riha (Egg Curry: Maldivian style)

August 31, 2009

Egg Curry

Serves 14

 14 eggs (hard boiled)

Curry paste

1 tsp coriander

½ tsp fennel seed

¼ tsp cumin seed

¼ tsp pepper

¼ tsp turmeric powder

10 dried red chillie

1 cup grated coconut

3 garlic cloves

1 inch ginger (sliced)

2 inches cinnamon sticks

3 cardamoms

1 onion (chopped) 


1 smoked Maldive fish (chopped into chunks)

1 tomato (peeled and chopped)

1 tbsp ghee or margarine

2 onions (thinly sliced)

10 curry leaves

 4 inch pandan leaf (2 pieces)

¼ tsp fenugreek seeds

2 cups thick coconut milk

1 cup thin coconut milk

2 ½ tsp salt or according to taste


Curry paste

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Roast on low flame constantly tossing the mixture until the coconut is golden brown. Be careful not to burn the ingredients.
  3. Remove from heat and grind to a smooth paste. (can use ¼ cup water while grinding)


  1. Heat ghee in a pan. Add onion, curry leaves, pandan leaf.
  2. Add smoked Maldivina tuna and tomato.
  3. Stir fry for a few minutes.
  4. Dissolve the above prepared curry paste in thin coconut milk and pour into the fried onion.
  5. Add salt and fenugreek seeds.
  6. Simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add boiled eggs. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Pour the thick coconut milk and simmer for few minutes.
  9. Serve hot with rice.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2009 10:40 am

    Just thought I would float a variation of egg curry that I used to do, we used to make omelets and cut them into pieces and cook curry.. its economical and quite yummy..the taste of the egg is laced through out the curry as opposed to when we cook the bis riha totally maldivian style..

    Great work guys 🙂

    • dhumashi permalink*
      September 1, 2009 10:46 am

      thank u, we too have our own version of this curry, we have called it, bisgandu riha. will publish it soon! thanks again, keep commenting its nice to receive comments like this!

  2. Nashia permalink
    September 17, 2012 3:05 pm

    Well Just to give a different idea. My mom used to cook bis riha just using the same ingredients. Only difference is she dont roast the spices. It really has a different taste. Yummy
    Many thanks for the good work.

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