Recipe: Telor balado - Eggs in spicy sauce

Telor balado is an Indonesian egg dish with hard boiled eggs, that are fried and drained in a delicious spicy sauce.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 35 minutes


  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs
  • oil for frying

for the sauce

  • ¼ cup sambal oelek (or chili paste)
  • ¼ cup tamarind concentrate
  • ¼ cup tomato purée (or, tomato paste diluted in water)
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp Thai Chili-Basil paste
  • 2 Tbsp Kecap Manis
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp White wine vinegar (optional)
  • water as needed


  1. Heat oil for frying and deep fry the hard-boiled eggs for 3 minutes or so till golden brown; drain set aside
  2. In a saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients except water and let it simmer for a few minutes
  3. Add water as needed to keep the sauce consistency rather like a thick pasta sauce but not pasty.
  4. Cut the fried hard-boiled eggs in half and gently set it in the saucepan and let it simmer with the sauce; stirring breaks up the eggs.
  5. Serve warm with steamed rice, or even hot rotis.

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