I love the name. When there is devil in the name then it has to be interesting. Eggxactly. There is egg in the center, egg on the outside and it is deep fried. Deep fried is a synonym for delicious. What more can you ask for?
Trying new things in the kitchen is always fun ( I meant cooking, only taking about cooking here). New cuisine is uncharted territory. But when the food turns out to be amazing then it is pure joy. I got this idea from a Devil, I mean a super creative person and an expert at making these. So I took up the challenge of cooking and getting a nod of approval from the expert. After some research, prep and cooking, I gave the devils for evaluation. The result: a nod of approval from the devil (ahem..foodie). Yes !!!
It looks a bit like scotch eggs but Dimer Devil is not the same thing. A deep fried snack that is crispy, tasty and can be bar food, needs some prep time. On the other hand the prep can be done in advance and kept in the fridge and the frying can be done right before serving. These devils can be made very desi with all Indian spices. The other alternative that I found interesting was to use some herbs like oregano and other dried herbs in a spiced breadcrumb. Even a little cheese in the potato outer makes things interesting. Shallow frying and baking are good & healthier substitutes for deep frying.
It is not that difficult to make these devils. You can check out the highlights and go with your cooking instincts. Of course, the detailed recipe is mentioned below. The three main things that need to be done.
Cook: Get the mashed potatoes ready with all the flavor and spices, the potatoes give all the taste. Boil the eggs
Prep: Half boiled egg with mashed potato at the base and the all around it. Devils in the making !!!
Dip & Fry: Dip in egg, roll in bread crumbs and deep fry.
If you have boiled eggs and if you can buy mashed potatoes and bread crumbs then you can move faster. If you are starting from scratch like me, then start doing a few things simultaneously to save time. The outer potato cover takes the maximum time.
From the time the potatoes go into the cooker, cook and cool down: Boil the eggs, get the bread crumbs ready, chop the onion, ginger and coriander.
Once the potatoes are cooked and peeled, it time to get in some flavor. Wok on the stove. Heat the oil and add some mustard seeds. Fry the onions. Add the ginger, turmeric, chili powder and coriander leaves. Add the mashed potatoes. Mix well. Add some garam masala powder & salt and mix.
Dimer Devil Recipe:
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Ingredients (for 6 devils):
- Eggs: 3 (2 for boiled eggs + 1 for the outer cover)
- Potatoes: 2 medium sized
- Bread: 3-4 slices
- Onion: 1 medium
- Flour/maida: 2 tsp
- Oil: 2 tbsp + for deep frying
- Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
- Ginger: 1/2 inch piece (optional)
- Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
- Chili powder: 1 tsp
- Garam masala powder: 1/2 tsp
- Pepper powder: 1/2 tsp
- Coriander leaves
- Pressure cook the potatoes. Two whistle count
- Chop the onion, ginger and coriander leaves
- Boil two eggs. remove the shell and cut in halves
- Run the bread slices in the blender and make the bread crumbs
- Peel and mash the cooked potatoes
- Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard seeds
- Once the mustard seeds crackle add the ginger and onion
- Turmeric powder, chili powder and coriander leaves, all in
- Add the mashed potatoes and mix well
- Add garam masala powder and salt. Mix and allow the mixture to cool
- Scoop out some mashed potato and flatten it on your palm. Place a half of a boiled egg, facing down on the mashed potato. Use some more mashed potato to cover the rest and shape the devils
- Prepare the devils
- Beat the egg with some pepper and salt. Either make a batter by adding the flour or just use the egg for dipping.
- Heat oil in a wok/pan for deep frying
- Dip the devils in the egg or egg batter, roll in the bread crumbs and deep fry on medium heat
- Keeping the heat at medium, turn the devils so they are evenly cooked
- Once cooked on both sides, remove from the pan and drain the excess oil
- Serve with sauce or some onion & coriander garnish
- Instead of garam masala some herbs like dry oregano or a mix of dried herbs can be used
- Seasoning the bread crumbs with herbs, lemon zest and pepper is a great idea
- Pepper powder of course can be used in place or chili powder
- Shallow frying instead of deep frying or baking with a generous hit of cooking spray
- Lime juice can be added to the potatoes to cut some of the heaviness