Telur Balado: Hard Boiled Eggs in Tomato Chilli Sauce

A quick, easy recipe of hard-boiled eggs sautéed in spicy tomato chili sauce. A clever dish that adds an extra dimension to the regular egg.

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Nunuk Sri Rahayu
Nunuk Sri Rahayu
Nunuk hails from Solo, the historic royal capital and cultural centre of Java, Indonesia. She has been cooking since the age of 12, and also performs and teaches traditional Javanese dance. Her dream is to eventually write her own Indonesian cookbook.

Who doesn’t love eggs? Almost every non-vegan has eggs in their kitchen, even if they don’t normally cook! It’s amazing how many varieties of dishes we can make using the humble egg as the main ingredient. Besides being a nutritious source of protein, the egg is so versatile that it is able to showcase every cuisine’s unique culinary identity.

One such dish is telur balado, a quintessential Indonesian dish that incorporates Indonesia’s favourite condiment: sambal. This dish keeps well for several days in the refrigerator and will become tastier as the eggs slowly absorb the spices. Eaten with a plate of hot steamed rice, you won’t need anything else. Just make sure you have a glass of water, in case it’s too spicy for you! Feel free to adjust the number of chillies according to your preference.

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Telur Balado: Hard Boiled Eggs in Tomato Chilli Sauce

Telur Balado: Hard Boiled Eggs in Tomato Chilli Sauce

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken & Poultry
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Telur balado is a quick and easy recipe to try, of hard-boiled eggs sauteed in sambal balado, a spicy tomato chilli sauce. A delicious, meat-free dish that adds an extra dimension to the regular egg.


  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 bird’s eye chillies
  • 5 red chillies
  • 3 stalks of kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 5 small shallots, finely sliced
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 teaspoon sugar

    Telur Balado: Ingredients


  1. Deep fry the hard boiled eggs until they turn golden brown.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, blend all the chillies to make a coarse chilli paste. Set aside.

    Telur Balado: Preparations done, ready to cook!

  3. Then, blend the tomatoes. Set aside.
  4. In a wok, heat the 5 tablespoons of oil and sauté the shallots until fragrant.
  5. Add the chilli paste. Sauté for about 3 minutes.
  6. Then add the tomato paste, kaffir lime leaves, salt and sugar. Add a quarter cup of water if necessary. Adjust the seasoning.
  7. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  8. Toss in the eggs and mix well.
  9. Serve with steamed rice.


  • For a healthier version of this dish, skip Step (1) above.

Keywords: Eggs, Tomato, Common Ingredients, Spicy

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