ennai kathirikai recipe | kathirikai puli kulambu | brinjal curry south indian

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ennai kathirikai recipe | kathirikai puli kulambu | brinjal curry south indian with detailed photo and video recipe. one of the popular south indian eggplant curry recipe made with tender brinjals. it is an ideal sweet and sour tomato and onion based gravy, ideal for lunch and dinner when served with roti or chapati. it is a traditional tamil cuisine curry but is hugely popular across all states of south india.
ennai kathirikai recipeennai kathirikai recipe | kathirikai puli kulambu | brinjal curry south indian with step by step photo and video recipe. there myriad recipes and curries prepared from the tender eggplants which are popular across india. each region has its own variation which mainly differs with the stuffing and way the brinjal curry is prepared. ennai kathirikai recipe is one such simple stuffed gravy from the tamil cuisine.

till now, i have shared quite a few brinjal recipes in my blog, but i was getting several requests for tamil variation of eggplant recipes. i personally like the north karnataka variation of stuffed brinjal which i make it frequently for jowar roti or thalipeeth recipe. hence i had overlooked this recipe and had not posted it on my blog till now. as matter of fact, my husband got these tender eggplants to prepare ennegai, but i realised soon to prepare ennai kathirikai recipe. also while preparing it, my target was to consume this curry with roti or chapati. but soon realised it tastes equally great with steamed rice too. perhaps because of the thin gravy, this recipe has to offer.

kathirikai puli kulambu

furthermore, some easy, and important tips and variations while preparing kathirikai puli kulambu recipe. firstly, i would heavily recommend using baby or tender brinjals compared to long or huge purple brinjal. also, make sure to slit them at the bottom and fry them before cooking it with masala. secondly, this recipe can be prepared in 2 variations, i.e dry and gravy base. i have shared the gravy version, but if you like the dry version, reduce the onion and tomato accordingly. lastly, the ennai kathirikai recipe is typically prepared in sesame oil which infuses nice aroma and flavour to the curry. having said that, you can use other oil like olive or vegetable oil for this recipe.

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ennai kathirikai recipe
ennai kathirikai recipe | kathirikai puli kulambu | brinjal curry south indian
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

easy ennai kathirikai recipe | kathirikai puli kulambu | brinjal curry south indian

Course: curry
Cuisine: tamil nadu
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Hebbars Kitchen
Ingredients (1 cup = 250 ML)
for masala  paste:
  • 4 tsp oil
  • ¾ tbsp chana dal
  • ½ tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel / saunf
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 4 dried red chilli
  • 3 tbsp coconut
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 3 clove garlic crushed
  • ½ inch ginger
  • ½ tomato chopped
  • ½ cup water to blend
for curry:
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 9 small brinjal / eggplant / baingain / kathirikai
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp methi / fenugreek
  • pinch hing / asafoetida
  • few curry leaves
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup tamarind extract
  • ½ tsp jaggery
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp coriander finely chopped
Instructions
  1. firstly, heat 3 tbsp oil and splutter 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp methi, pinch hing and few curry leaves.

  2. also add ½ onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
  3. further add prepared masala paste and suate for 5 minutes.
  4. now add ½ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt.
  5. mix well adjusting consistency as required.
  6. further add fried brinjal and ½ cup water.
  7. give a good mix.
  8. cover and cook for 10-15 minutes on low to medium flame or til brinjal cooks completely and oil floats on top.
  9. finally, add coriander leaves and serve ennai kathirikai recipe with hot steamed rice or chapati.

how to make ennai kathirikai with step by step photo:

  1. firstly, to prepare masala paste heat 2 tsp oil and add ¾ tbsp chana dal, ½ tbsp urad dal, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp fennel, ½ tsp pepper, 1 tsp sesame seeds and 4 dried red chilli.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  2. roast on low flame till the spices turn aromatic.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  3. further add 3 tbsp coconut and roast untill it turns slightly brown.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  4. transfer the spices to a blender.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  5. now heat another 2 tsp oil and saute ½ onion, 3 clove garlic and ½ inch ginger.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  6. also add ½ tomato and saute until tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
    ennai kathirikai recipe
  7. transfer to the same blender.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  8. add ½ cup water and blend to smooth paste. keep aside.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  9. now heat 3 tbsp oil in a large kadai.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  10. cut 9 small brinjal in x mark without cutting it fully.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  11. now fry the brinjal in hot oil for 2 minutes.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  12. cover and cook on medium flame for 3 minutes.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  13. once the brinjal is half cooked, keep aside.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  14. in a the same oil splutter 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp methi, pinch hing and few curry leaves.
    kathirikai puli kulambu
  15. also add ½ onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
    brinjal curry south indian
  16. further add prepared masala paste and suate for 5 minutes.
    brinjal curry south indian
  17. now add ½ cup tamarind extract, ½ tsp jaggery, ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt.
    brinjal curry south indian
  18. mix well adjusting consistency as required.
    brinjal curry south indian
  19. further add fried brinjal and ½ cup water. give a good mix.
    brinjal curry south indian
  20. cover and cook for 10-15 minutes on low to medium flame or til brinjal cooks completely and oil floats on top. stir occasionally to prevent from burning.
    brinjal curry south indian
  21. finally, add coriander leaves and serve ennai kathirikai recipe with hot steamed rice or chapati.
    kathirikai puli kulambu

notes:

  • firstly, use small brinjal for good taste.
  • also, you can stuff the masala paste into the brinjal, however, i avoid as fried brinjal will be very delicate.
  • additionally, reduce the amount of oil if you are diet conscious.
  • finally, ennai kathirikai recipe tastes great when prepared with more oil, spicy and tangy.

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