Thursday, July 06, 2006

Eggplant curry - Kathirikkai Pulikkulambu

Who wouldn't love spicy pulikkulambu, pair it with dal and papad, it is a fulfilling menu. Especially if you have access to pinju kathirikkai/tender eggplant it is gonna be even tastier. Hope my plants will give enough brinjals soon. :)


Brinjal/eggplant - 6 to 8
Onion small size - 1 chopped
Garlic - 5 cloves chopped
Green chillies - 5 chopped
Tomato - 2 chopped
Tamarind - cherry size
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Brown Sugar - 1 tsp
Oil - 1tblspn
Salt to taste.

For Tempering

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urid,channa dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida/perungayam - a pinch

  1. Cut the eggplants into bite size pieces and keep it in a bowl of water till you cook to prevent turning brown/bitter.
  2. Temper the ingredients and add chopped green chillies, onion, garlic. Saute it in the same oil till it turns light brown.
  3. Add chopped tomato, fry well and add brinjal, sambar powder,chilli powder, turmeric, salt, sugar and tamarind.
  4. Pour a cup of water let it simmer in medium heat till it cooked. Serve hot with rice.

Note: You can substitute eggplant with okra, bittergourd, sweetpotato. If you have tried with any other vegetable, I would love to hear and experiment too. :)

Links : Anthony's Curry Mela


Anonymous shilpa said...

Good one Nila.sorry for my ignorance, is it a sidedish or used like gravy?

Thu Jul 06, 05:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Krithika said...

Your kozhambu looks good. I love the color. Will the taste be similar to vatral kozhambu ?

Fri Jul 07, 08:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger sudhav said...

This is one of the method i follow to make Kathrika kozhambu, i add coconut paste in addition..

Shilpa this is used as an gravy..

Fri Jul 07, 02:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nila said...

Thank you Shilpa. It is used like gravy [ to mix it with plain rice]. Brinjals in the gravy is also a good side dish for dal [especially Toor dal ]. The sourness from the tamarind gives a wonderful taste to the brinjals. :). In my native town, you can see this dish in wedding menus.

Thank you Krithika. Tomato and red chilli powder are the reasons for that color, very appetizing color isn't it? I like it too ;)
I think you can say it is little bit similar to vatral kulambu because of the similarity in ingredients, though I haven't cooked/tasted in a long time. Sorry. I think our friends will clarify this soon.:)

Coconut paste, wow nice and rich idea. It never occoured to me. I will try it next time. Thanks sudha. Looking forward to your Kathirikai post soon.

Fri Jul 07, 03:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sumitha said...

I am not very fond of sggplants:(Good you mentioned that we can substitiute with other veggies:)

Fri Jul 07, 05:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger yum said...

Nice to get your "tag" :)

That pulikuzhambu is making me so hungry now. Its one of my favs!

Fri Jul 07, 05:17:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Veena said...

Nila -

I tried this and it turned out excellent. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have posted a link to this recipe on a food forum.


Sat Jul 08, 01:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Nice blog and your puli kuzhambu looks so delicious.

Sun Jul 09, 07:21:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Revathi said...

Terrrific combo Nila... Kathirikai puli kozhambu - visual treat :)

Mon Jul 10, 04:31:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks really nice.But one doubt is it Sambar powder or Curry powder to be used.I remember my mom using curry powder for that.

Sun Aug 27, 06:31:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Nila
Wow wish I cld go to my home town in India to taste my Mom's kathirikai kozhambu. Definitely going to try this tonite and toast it or all Indians here in US. Another of my Mom's favourite is Ezukari Kuzambu, chk out Chitvish recipe of the same:

Mon Feb 05, 08:21:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nila
Wonderful presentation of the spicy pulikulambu. My whole family loves kathirikai and kathirikai sambhar is a regular dish at home. Now I am gonna try this pulikulambu version of kathirikai. Also another of my favourite recipe of kathirikai - Enna kathirikai kulambu

Sat Feb 17, 11:51:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nilla,
It is very good recipe.I tried it.It came out very well.I did little variation. I added 1/2tsp of dhania powder.It did smell and taste good.Thanks for posting it.

Wed Jun 06, 06:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Pritya said...

Hi Nila, you actually grew these eggplants. Wow. What a simple and delicious dish! Cheers.

Wed Feb 04, 12:00:00 PM EST  
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Blogger Thiruppathy Raja said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.

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Tue Sep 07, 08:46:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous said...

hii.. Nice Post

Thanks for sharing

Sun Dec 25, 08:28:00 PM EST  
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Tue Mar 20, 06:56:00 AM EDT  
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