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Indian-spiced vegetarian Scotch eggs

10 October 2018

Boiled eggs are surrounded by a layer of spicy mashed potato in this recipe for Indian-spiced vegetarian Scotch eggs.

Indian spiced Scotch eggs
Indian spiced Scotch eggs

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes




  • 500g potatoes, peeled
  • 5 large British Lion eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 75g panko or other dried breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • Mango chutney and salad (to serve)


1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain, mash and allow to cool. You can do this ahead of time.

2. Place four of the eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and once boiling leave for five minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. When cold enough to handle, tap the shells all over and peel away from the eggs.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and fry until soft. Add the chilli and curry paste and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and add the potatoes and coriander and mix together. Season to taste.

4. Beat the remaining egg and place in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto a plate.

5. Divide the potato mix into four pieces, slightly flatten one piece in the palm of your hand, place a boiled egg in the middle, then shape the potato around the egg to enclose it. Roll it in the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs until well coated. Repeat with the other three eggs.

6. To oven bake: Brush the breadcrumbs all over with vegetable oil and place on a baking parchment lined baking tray. Bake at 220C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes.

To deep fry: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer (or half fill a wok with oil) to a temperature of 170C. Fry the eggs two at a time for about four minutes until golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper.

7. Serve the eggs warm or cold with salad and mango chutney.

Nutritional information (per Scotch egg)

Energy: 323kcals, Protein: 15.1g, Total fat: 11.9g, Saturated fat: 2.2g, Carbohydrates: 41.5g, Salt: 0.9g

Our thanks to British Lion eggs for providing this recipe.

For more quick and easy recipes visit our egg recipe section


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