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Bengali Dim Phulkopir Dalna

Dim Phulkopir Dalna (Bengali Egg curry with Cauliflower) is a light and delicious Indian style Egg curry flavoured with Bengali garam masala. This rustic dim phulkopir dalna is loaded with veggies like cauliflower, potatoes and green peas making this dish wholesome, satisfying and lip-smacking.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Keyword: aloo phulkopir dalna, cauliflower recipe, Dimer dalna, egg curry with cauliflower, phulkopir dalna, phulkopir recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Arpita@Gastronomic Bong


  • large thick bottomed pan/ large Kadhai


  • 4 large Eggs hard boiled, score the eggs with a knife and then marinated with some salt and pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 medium Cauliflower (approx 350gms) cut into large florets, marinated with some salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 medium Potatoes cut into quarters, marinated with some salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas
  • 1-2 Green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder plus extra for marinating the cauliflower, potatoes and eggs
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 8-10 Fenugreek seeds/methi dana
  • 1 inch Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1-2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp Bengali Garam masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar/sweetner/ jaggery
  • 1-2 tsp Ghee
  • 3-4 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Ground into paste

  • 1 small Onion roughly chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger


  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pan on medium high heat. When hot add the marinated cauliflower florets and fry for 4-5 minutes until it lightly brown on all sides. Drain and take it off the heat.
  • Add another tbsp of oil in the same oil. when hot add the marinated eggs and fry until golden fried. Take it off the heat.
  • In the same oil fry the potatoes until golden brown. Take it off the heat.
  • Add the rest of the oil in the same pan. Temper it with bay leaves, dried red chillies, cinnamon seeds, cardamoms, cloves, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  • When the seed crackles add the ground onion tomato ginger mixture and saute on medium heat.
  • Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and some salt along with 2-3 tbsp of water. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Now add in the fried potatoes and mix it well with the masala.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and and mix. Lower the heat and cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. stirring intermittently.
  • Toss in the cauliflower and green peas and mix it well with the masala.
  • Add 2 cups of hot water and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the cauliflower, potatoes are 80 percent done.
  • Now add the boiled eggs along with along with the jaggery/sweetener/sugar and mix it lightly. DO not over mix of the cauliflower florets might disintegrate. simmer for 2 more minutes.
  • Finally add the ghee and garam masala powder and ghee and give it a final mix.
    Dim Phulkopir Dalna (Bengali Egg curry with Cauliflower)
  • Take it off the heat. Serve it hot with rice or roti or puris.
    Dim Phulkopir Dalna (Bengali Egg curry with Cauliflower)