Tikka Masala Baked Eggs on Curried Garlic Quinoa

Baked egg casserole with curried garlic quinoa in a delicious tangy Tikka Masala sauce garnished with crumbled paneer.

Prep Time:
60 min
Cook Time:
25 min


Nutrition Facts
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) oil
  • 2 cup (500 mL) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder

Tikka Masala Sauce

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic paste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ginger paste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) garam masala
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) lemon juice
  • 6 eggs


  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) paneer, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) garam masala, to garnish


  1. Lightly oil a medium-sized ovenproof casserole dish. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. 

  2. In a medium pot, add vegetable broth with quinoa and bring to a boil. Cover pot with lid, reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid is absorbed, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove quinoa to a bowl.

  3. In the same pot, gently heat olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and fry for one minute. Add curry powder and blend into oil. Fold in quinoa and coat well. Place curried quinoa in greased casserole dish to create a base layer for the tikka masala baked eggs.

  4. Tikka Masala Sauce: In a medium pot, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and caramelize until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and stir. Mix in garlic paste, ginger paste, coriander, cumin, chili and turmeric and simmer for a couple of minutes. Stir in sugar, salt and garam masala. Add cream and mix. Thin out sauce with water. Add lemon juice. 

  5. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, create six equally spaced holes in curried quinoa base to nest each egg into. Crack an egg into each hole. Spoon in tikka masala sauce around eggs, covering quinoa layer. Sprinkle on crumbled paneer.

  6. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until eggs are tender and yolks are cooked. Garnish with cilantro and a sprinkling of garam masala.


Paneer is Indian pressed cheese available in specialty grocery stores, sold in a block form.