Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala

Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala is a tasty side dish for rice or paratha prepared with brinjal, onion, tomato, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin-fennel seeds powder and salt in oil without adding water. It goes well with curd rice and also with Phulka Roti.  This is a South Indian dish with egg plant or brinjal which is called as “baingan” in Hindi and “katharikkai” in Tamil.

Chopped onion, tomato and curry leaves
Chopped onion, tomato and curry leaves

Ingredients:-

  • brinjal / katharikkai / baingan – 1/4 kg
  • onion – 1 (chopped)
  • tomato – 1 (chopped)
  • curry leaves / Karuvepilai – few
  • fennel seeds / sombu – 1 tsp
  • oil – 2 tsp
  • red chilly powder / milagai podi – 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder / manjal podi – 1/4 tsp
  • cumin-fennel seeds powder – 1/2 tsp
  • salt – to taste

Method:-

1. Chop brinjal into lengthwise pieces and put it in water.

Chopped brinjal
Chopped brinjal

2. Heat one tsp of oil in a fry pan and add fennel seeds.

Fennel seeds added to oil
Fennel seeds added to oil

3. When it splutters add chopped onion and curry leaves.

Chopped onion and curry leaves added
Chopped onion and curry leaves added

4. When chopped onions turned pale add chopped tomatoes.

Chopped tomatoes added
Chopped tomatoes added

5. When tomatoes were half cooked add chopped brinjal.

Chopped brinjal added
Chopped brinjal added

6. Sauté for few minutes and close with a lid and keep in low flame for 10 to 15 minutes in low flame.

Fry pan
Fry pan

7. When brinjal becomes soft and well cooked add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin-fennel seeds powder and salt. Do not add water.

Spice powders added
Spice powders added

8. Sauté well without sticking to the pan. Close and cook for 2-3 more minutes till oil leaves the sides of the pan.

Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala
Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala

9. Switch off the stove and transfer to a serving bowl.

Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala
Katharikkai masala recipe | brinjal masala

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