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April 17, 2009

Kathirikai Kichadi-Brinjal Sambar Recipe For Idli

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Kathirikai kichadi recipe
I learnt this brinjal sambar recipe from my Amma.It is a Tirunelveli(Tamil nadu) style Kathirikai sambar made as a side dish for Idli. My mom calls this as Kathirikai kichadi.So I've mentioned the same as title.You can call this Kathirikai gosthu,kochu etc..This is my most favorite sambar with brinjal.My mom makes this gravy especially for me whenever I visit her place.I am a great fan of brinjal recipes whereas Sendhil is just the reverse.Last week i got some fresh brinjals from my uncle’s garden.So I got tempted to make this kichadi for me and I prepared tomato sambar for my husband.It came out exactly like my mom’s preparation.I felt like eating from my mom’s handHappy.So I am sharing my mom’s recipe with you all.Try this recipe only if you are an ardent brinjal fan like me.In this sambar,you can enjoy the original flavor of brinjal.Asafetida,coriander leaves and small onions used in it helps to enhance the taste and flavor.So do try this sambar and enjoy with hot idli.Don’t forget to add gingely oil while serving.Lets see how to make this Tirunelveli style Kathirikai Kichadi with new updated picturesHappy 
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Kathirikai Kichadi Recipe


Kathirikai Kichadi Recipe Kathirikai Kichadi Recipe / Brinjal sambar - Side dish for Idli
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Brinjal - 4 nos ( medium size) (Finely chopped )
  • Green chilli –  3 to 4 nos ( slit cut )
  • Tamarind – Small gooseberry size ( soak in water )
  • Small onions – 15 nos ( finely chopped )
  • Hing / Asafetida – 2 pinches
  • Salt & water - as needed
To season
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – a fistful ( must add  to garnish )
METHOD
  • Wash and chop the brinjals into small pieces. Keep them immersed in water to prevent discoloration of brinjals.Slit the green chillies and set aside.chop the small onions roughly.Soak tamarind in little water and take the extract.Keep aside.
Kathirikai kichadi
  • Heat a pressure cooker base adding oil and saute the slitted green chillies. Add brinjals to it and mix well.Add little water,salt and pressure cook the brinjals in high flame for 2-3whistles.
Kathirikai kichadi
  • Open the cooker,drain the excess water in a bowl and mash the brinjals well with a whisk or a back of ladle.You can also grind the cooked brinjals to a paste if you like smooth paste like sambar.
Kathirikai kichadi

  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds,urad dal,chana dal, half of the hing and curry leaves.Saute the small onions.Add the tamarind extract and the drained water from brinjals.Allow the onions to cook well.Add  the remaining Asafetida,salt when the water boils.
Kathirikai kichadi 

  • After the onions are cooked,add the mashed brinjal with some water to adjust the consistency.Let the gravy boil well. Lastly garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Kathirikai kichadi

Enjoy with hot idli adding a tsp of gingely oil/Sesame oil ! Don’t forget sesame oil adds a great taste to this kichadi.
Note
  • Please don’t forget to add asafetida/Hing twice here. Garnishing with coriander leaves is also a must.




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43 comments :

Raks said...

I too hav a similar one in my archive,but this is still simpler version,i will try next time!!

I think most of the guys hate brinjals;D

Asha said...

Simple recipe and sounds delicious, love anything with Brinjals! )

Shama Nagarajan said...

simple and delicious sambar dear

Anonymous said...

This sounds excellent!

Suparna said...

Hi Chitra,
LOL...for the name and ur explanation...actually I hopped and skipped and long jumped here to see the brinjal khichdi ;)but nevertheless...I found this easy wonderful recipe passed on to u by ur mom :)good one again chitra.Appreciate u for the details u give in each of ur posts.
TC

lubnakarim06 said...

Looks very unique and yum...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

yea yum yum and you made them so well now I am craving for brinjal...

Gita Jaishankar said...

Delicious dish Chitra, simple and easy with a few ingredients, thanks for sharing this lovely recipe :)

EC said...

Looks good...Pls do mail me the details..

chef and her kitchen said...

recipe sounds simple..looks good

Ashwini said...

Simple and delicious.

Le @HC said...

First time here. Thanks for the hint to cure flatulation.

Vikis Kitchen said...

No wonder that u make the dish again and again. Its a nice recipe , new to me yet. But will try it soon. Eager to taste it:)

Poornima Nair said...

My mom calls a lot of her dishes khichdi too:)...ur version sounds great

Deepthi Shankar said...

A new one for me

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

new to me. sounds delicious.

A_and_N said...

Simple, yummy and healthy...we also love brinjals :)

Deepa Hari said...

Simple and delicious Chitra.

Uma said...

never ate brinjal with idlis. Must be tasting delicious. Nice recipe.

Manju said...

never had such a side for idlis..must be tasty!! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Wow..I expected to see atleast coconut paste in this..But this is so unique n yum..flavor of brinjals only..:)

Chitra said...

Thnaku all friends for ur wonderful comments;)

Tangled Noodle said...

I wasn't sure how this would be served but your last photo makes it clear - and it looks delicious!

s. stockwell said...

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kalpana said...

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phanitha said...

This is new to me...looks simple and delicious...

Kolors of life said...

Wow love the brinjal side dish...

Chitra said...

Thanku stockwell kalpana, phanitha and kolors of life;)

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

I have tasted this at my friends place....but never tried it.. good one!! will give it a try!

chow and chatter said...

my daughter tried her first Idly today!!

phanitha said...

Hey Chitra there is an award waiting for you in my blog please collect it.

Geanina Codita said...

Thanks for the pictures are superb. So long and do not forget you are welcome anytime on geaninacodita.blogspot.com

VIDYA VENKY said...

lovely post.....will definetly try it & let u know

Recipeswap said...

This is new to me,looks nice.

Cham said...

Very new recipe and looks tasty!

Suparna said...

Hi Chitra,
Pls. collect the award from my blog :) I'll be gald if u will :)
Thanks
TC

sriharivatsan said...

Hey chittu, already ur tomato-brinjal sambar has become a routine at home nowadays..My hubby has become a g8 fan of it now..Ippo, you have posted another wonderful and useful one...Surely i will try..Tx ma.

AnuSriram said...

Looks delicious!

Chitra said...

thanku suparna, sri and anu;)

Pavithra Elangovan said...

simple and delicious

Ammu said...

Simple & interesting. Sounds new options for idli & dosa.

Chitra said...

thanks pavi, ammu:)

Chitra said...

Thanks dear, do try this one. u'll like it for sure :)