Ande ka Qageena

Qageena (also called Qagina) is an onion+egg preperation enjoyed along with parathas, or along with Khichdi and Qimah for breakfasts. Below is my Ammi’s version of this delicious curry. Onions are pressure cooked along with seasonings and a little water until meltingly soft, then cooked until oil leaves. Lastly, eggs are poached in the spicy onion mixture until done and served warm immediately.

Ande ka Qageena – Onions With Egg Curry


Yellow Onions – 3, large, sliced
Eggs – 2, large
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Canola Oil – 3 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Green chiliies – chopped (optional)

Hyderabadi Qageena


1. Heat a pressure cooker and pour oil into it. Add onions, salt and chilli powder and mix. You can also add a few teaspoons of chopped green chillies if you want it hot and spicy. Add a cup of water to it pressure cook for 15 – 20 minutes so that the onions become very soft and almost melting. If the onions have not become very soft, add a little more water if needed, and pressure cook it again for 5-10 minutes.
2. Once the onions have become soft, then let it cook till most of the water dries up and it starts leaving oil, and keep stirring, so that it forms into a silky mixture. Later, reduce the heat to medium low, and make two wells in it. Crack open the eggs and pour them into their individual wells in the onion mixture. Cover the lid for 3-5 minutes until the eggs have cooked well. Do not stir after you add eggs. Serve the prepared qagina garnished with finely chopped cilantro immediately while still warm. Enjoy the dish.


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6 Responses to “Ande ka Qageena”

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  3. such a unique and beautiful dish!!

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  5. At home we make it using the same ingredients but we don’t pressurize the onions.we fry them until slight brown.then we add in the rest of the ingredients(no water).you could also add fried potatoes(cut in small slices) to make the qageena more rich and tasty.

    Ayesha, Jazakallahu Khair for sharing your tips.

  6. dear mona ,
    i have no words to thank you , actually i,m also from hyderabd and all your recipes reminds me of my childhood and mothers cooking . Now that i got married to someone who iz not from hyderabad and has no idea of hyderabadi food , your recipes help me a lot to teach my wife of our culture and cuisines .

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