This devils are made with half hard boiled eggs, wrapped with potato mixture, dipped in batter, coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried.
Kolkatar Famous Dimer Devil/Chop Or Egg Devil
I remember my childhood, when I used to get some pocket money during "Durga Puja". And I was supposed to eat outside only those 4 puja days. I only used to have this "Dimer Chop" & ice-cream with my few pocket money. My mom never made this at home, as this snacks at home, because there was a small "Food Stall" nearby our home. The owner of the Stall was familiar to us, and he used to make the snacks in very hygienic way, and his stall was very popular for that reason. So whenever we crave for the snacks, my dad used to bought from "Pari Kaku's" food stall. I never revealed his secret recipes of the snacks. As everyone know, it is impossible to get Kolkata street food outside Kolkata, so we have to prepare them at our home. I used to make this "Dimer Devil", but never posted in my website. But today I was determine to take pictures and post the recipe of "Dimer Devil". Here it is, my version of "Dimer Devil" Or "Dimer Chop" Dimer Chop is one of the most famous "StreetFood" of Kolkata. Kolkata is very famous for their Street Food, Tele Bhaja(deep fried food). There are lots of small Tele Bhaja vendors in everywhere. This egg/dimer devil is available in almost every street food stalls. This devils are made with half hard boiled eggs, wrapped with potato mixture, dipped in batter, coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried.
Ingredients of Dimer Devil
For the Potato Mixture :
- Medium size white potatoes 4, do not use russet potatoes, as they become sticky after boiling, it's difficult to manage
- Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons
- Chopped onion 1/2 cup
- Ginger & garlic grated 1 tablespoon
- Chopped green chilies 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
- Roasted cumin powder 1 teaspoon
- Garam Masala Powder 1/3 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup
For the batter :
- Egg 1, lightly beaten
- All purpose flour 4 tablespoons
- Cornflour 4 tablespoons
- Crushed peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon
- Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Other Ingredients :
- Hard boiled eggs 6
- All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup
- Bread crsumbs 2 cups, I used Panko
- Peanut/Sunflower oil for deep fry
- Black salt for sprinkle on the Dimer Devils
How to make Dimer Devil Recipe
Make the Potato Mixture first :
- Take the potatoes, peel them and boil them in a pressure cooker. Let the potatoes to cool down, and mash them. Make sure there is no lumps in the mashed potato.
- Now heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion, ginger garlic, green chilies and fry till become light golden in color.
- Add turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and garam masala powder to the pan and sprinkle some water to prevent the spices getting burn. Add salt to taste.
- Fry for few seconds, and then add the mashed potatoes and mix with the masala mixture well. Fry the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
- After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and let the mixture completely cool down to room temperature.
Prepare the Eggs :
- In this meantime, cut each hard boiled egg lengthwise and keep aside.
Prepare the batter :
- Take all the ingredients mentioned under the heading of Batter in a bowl, and mix well, add little water, like 1 tablespoon at a time to make a smooth batter.
- The batter should be smooth but thick like pancake batter. So add water as much as you want to make the batter.
Making the Devils :
- Let see the potato mixture has been cool down or not. Add the chopped cilantro to the mixture.
- Take each half egg, now cover the half egg with the potato mixture and shape it to a full egg. Make rest of the devils just like this.
- Now it's time to arrange All Purpose Flour on a clean plate, and the bread crumbs on another plate.
- Take each devil shaped egg, first roll on the All Purpose Flour, shake the excess flour, and then dip into the batter, and finally roll into the bread crumbs. Make rest of the devils in this same way.
- Now keep the bread crumb coated devils in an airtight container and keep inside the refrigerator for overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Heat enough oil in a deep frying pan. The oil should be smoking hot. Just remove 3-4 egg devils from the container and add to the hot oil carefully.
- Fry till golden brown and take them out of the oil and place on a paper towel. Serve hot by sprinkling some black salt on the "Dimer Devil" and serve with ketchup and chopped cucumber and onion.
See the Step-by-Step "Dimer Devil" recipe here.