Monday, December 17, 2012

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu | எண்ணெய் கத்திரிக்காய் குழம்பு | Eggplant Curry | Spicy Brinjal Gravy

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is an authentic South-Indian Kuzhambu recipe. This delicious kuzhambu makes a great rice accompaniment. I am posting my mom's version. Brinjal | Eggplant is very low in calories and fats but rich in soluble fiber content. It contains good amounts of many essential B-complex groups of vitamins such as vitamin B5, B6, B1,B3. 

Ingredients :-
 Kathirikkai |Brinjal (small)      7    
 Curry leaves  few  
 Tomatoes (thinly sliced)  1 
 Mustard    1 tsp  
 Oil    1 tsp  

To Roast and Grind :-
 Onions (roughly chopped)    1 
 Cumin    1 tsp  
 Curry leaves few  
 Channa dal    1 tsp  
 Red chillies    7  
 Tamarind   gooseberry size
 Coriander powder  2 tsp 
 Turmeric powder   ¼ tsp
 Grated coconut   ¼ cup
 Salt  to taste

Method :-

1). Wash the brinjals and slit from bottom, halfway towards top letting them hold the pieces together (see the below pic). Make sure the stem is intact with the brinjal. Keep them immersed in water until use so that they do not change color.
2). Heat oil in a pan, add cumin, red chillies, channa dal, curry leaves and onions. Saute till the onions turn light brown and switch off. Let it cool and then transfer to mixer. Grind it along with salt, grated coconut, coriander powder, turmeric powder and tamarind. Add little water and grind it to a fine paste. Keep aside.  
3). Heat oil in a pan, add mustard, curry leaves and let it splutter. Then add the brinjal and tomatoes, saute till the tomatoes become mushy and brinjal slightly shrinks.
4). Add the grounded paste along with a cup of water and let it boil till the brinjal is fully cooked. Check for salt and add if necessary. Cook till the gravy thickens and oil floats on the top. 
Flavorful Ennai kathirikkai Kuzhambu is ready and serve hot with steamed rice and appalam. 

Notes :- 

# Tender | baby brinjals are well suited for this gravy.
# Use Shallots for the best taste. How ever it can be substituted with big onions too.. 

Related Posts :- 
Click here for more :- Kuzhambu Recipes
Click here for more :- Rice Accompaniments
Click here for more :- Brinjal / Eggplant Recipes   


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