Coconut Brinjal Curry | Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambhu | Brinjal Curry Recipe

There are 2 vegetables that my husband loves ~ vendakkai (ladies finger) and kathirikai (brinjal). Almost every week or fort-night there would be a dish with either of these vegetables. When we so take occasional breaks with meat we wnd us relishing these vegetables and its almost a staple vegetable in an Indian kitchen. Usually brinjal and ladies finger are used to making sambar or poriyal but making a curry out of it truly brings out the  best flavors of this violet beauty. in India we get even green brinjal which is more soft and no seeds but this curry is best with the violet brinjals and small ones

This curry is less spicy but more coconutty. There is a special roasting of ingredients and then grinding it into a fine paste which is cooked with spices. Its a great curry with rice and is best as a lunchtime meal.


Serves - 2
Cook time - 20 mins
Prep time - 10 mins

Ingredients 

Brinjal/ Kathirikai - 6 nos, with stems but quartered at the bottom
Coconut - 3 tbsp
Dhania/ coriander seeds - 2 spoons
Onion - 1 big finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 2
Peppercorns - 3-4 nos
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Jeera/ cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Salt- as needed
Oil - 4 tbsp

Method

  • Prepare the brinjal and coat it with turmeric and salt and set aside for 2-3 minutes. Heat oil in a deep pan once hot add the brinjal in batches and fry them with a covered lid for 2-3 minutes until well cooked on all sides. Make sure you cover the lid for caution from burns. 
  • Transfer it to kitchen towels and now in the same pan start roasting the dhania seeds, red chilli and once its roasted for 2 minutes to this add teh coconut and keep stirring until its fragrant. Transfer this to a plate to cool and once its cooled grind it with little water to a fine paste
  • In the same pan add the remaining oil and fry the onions to golden brown and add the ginger garlic paste, cook until the raw smell goes away. To this add the ground paste and the masala/ spice powders and little water, salt. Let it cook in medium flame until all the water evaporates and the paste leaves traces of oil. 
  • Now add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil and add the brinjal, let it simmer for 4-5 minutes until the gravy reaches the desired consistency 
Serve hot with rice and enjoy 

26 comments:

  1. love this with rice..

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  2. My favourite. I am a new fan of this curry. My friend surya made this and I've been a lover since. Thanks for posting this dear. Ur click s are awesome.

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  3. oo my..Its been ages since i made this..:-) I am soo craving for it now!

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  4. love the container...;)happy dasra priya

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  5. Nice clicks and lovely recipe...love this any day

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  6. OMG this looks SO YUM. I'm putting it on my recipes to try list.

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  7. This is my favorite.. Mom makes this. But she adds tamarind extract.. Very inviting.. Nice clicks.

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  8. loved the clicks. nice recipe

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  9. love baingan with the stalk.. looks yummy

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  10. The gravy looks rich n delicious :)) and like that green bowl!

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  11. looking awesome...nice green bowl..

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  12. Makes me drool,the gravy looks so tempting..love the way you have presented,great clicks.

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  13. Ennai kathrikai looks delicious and perfect. you are awesome cook.

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    1. Ahhh Swathi :) so happy to see that comment from you... totally flattered

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  14. Tempting preparation...yumm..and loved the clicks...

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  15. This looks simply delicious! I'll have to serve it to my family this weekend. Is it okay to add more turmeric and cumin powder?

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    1. Crystal sure you can add them and even tamarind paste if you want the curry to be tangy since i have not added tamarind / tomatoes. Hope u enjoy this as much as I do. Do let me know how u liked it. :)

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  16. I love this with dosas... Awesome curry

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  17. This looks yummy... delicious with chapatis :)

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  18. Looks yum and nice clicks.

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  19. Juicy looking masala eggplants, nice masala.

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  20. I read through the recipe and its very simple to prepare :) will give it a shot today. Thank you!!

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  21. sounds lovely...and shown in a very user friendly manner! thanks so much...off to the kitchen i go!!

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