Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad)

Ennai Kathirikaai kuzhambu | Brinjal curry recipe (Chettinad)  was a delicious puzhi kuzhambu in Chettinad. Ennai is the Tamil word for oil and here in this recipe we use gingelly oil. For preparing this “Ennai katharikaai kuzhambu|Brinjal curry recipe (Chettinad) you should select smaller and equal sized brinjals, because the brinjals were cooked in full. Now let’s see about the recipe.

Cuisine:- Chettinad

Preparation Time:- 30 minutes

To Serve:- 4 persons

A short video link for the recipe:-

Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu recipe – Ingredients:-
  • Small sized brinjals – 10
  • Onion – 1 (chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 (chopped)
  • Garlic – 10 pods
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup ( instead you can also use a paste of coconut fennel seeds, cumin seeds and poppy seeds)
Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) - ingredients
Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) – ingredients
  • Sambar powder – 2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind pulp – 2 tsp
Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) - ingredients
Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) – ingredients
  • To temper
    • Pepper
    • Mustard seeds
    • Urad dal
    • Cumin seeds
    • Fennel seeds
    • Fenugreek seeds
    • Hing 1/4 tsp

      Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) - ingredients
      Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad) – ingredients
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coriander – for garnishing
  • Gingely Oil -2 tblsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu recipe – Method of preparation:-

1. Firstly remove the stalk portion of the brinjals and divide on both the sides with two lines as shown in the photo below. If the stalk portions are soft and fresh you can use along with it. I got harder ones with thorns in it and so I removed it. Also check for any insects inside as it is used in full size.

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kathirikkai cut and put in water

2. Secondly heat one tea spoon of oil in a fry pan and add onion (pearl onions preferred) and garlic and sauté for few minutes.

Frying onion and garlic
Frying onion and garlic

3. Further add tomatoes and sauté for one more minute.

Tomatoes added
Tomatoes added

4. Now add the brinjals and sauté for 2-3 minutes till you get light brown colour on sides.

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Katharikaai after frying

5. Then add 1 cup of water, close lid and cook in medium flame for 5 minutes till the brinjals get cooked well.

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Katharikaai with water while cooking

6. Now add, sambar powder, turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and salt. Mix well. Close lid and cook for 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and cook again for 2 minutes.

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After katharikaai was cooked add coconut milk

7. Transfer the kuzhambu into a bowl. Heat gingely oil in a pan, add all the spices mentioned above under tempering and when it splutters add curry leaves and switch off the stove.

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Tempering

8. Finally pour it to the kuzhambu, and top it with coriander. Serve as side dish with rice.

Ennai Kathirikaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal curry Recipe (Chettinad)
Ennai katharikaai kuzhambu ready to serve

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