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July 22, 2010


In Tamil nadu, people make ennai kathirikkai kuzhambu in different ways. This is my MIL's version. Basically I am a big fan of brinjal recipes.My mom usually makes brinjal gravy for idli and stuffed  brinjal poriyal . After my marriage, I learnt some more varieties of brinjal recipes from my MIL.One among them is Ennai kathirikkai kulambu. I love this gravy a lot.Sendhil who hates brinjal loves this gravy a lot as it has pepper. It looks like puli kuzhambu but tastes different. I think most of you have your own version. Here comes our way of making it. Do try this. You will love it for sure !

If you are looking for Ennai kathirikkai kulambu with lots of oil in Chettinad style, do refer this POST.

Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu Recipe

Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe - My mil's version, easy and flavourful gravy for rice
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Gravies
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Brinjal - medium sized (6 nos)
  • Tamarind - Medium gooseberry size(little (more than small gooseberry size)
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp ( to saute brinjal)
To roast and grind
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1.5 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2-3 nos
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Pepper corns - 2 tsp

  • Wash and slit brinjal halfway into 4 pieces.Immerse in water till use to prevent color change. In a kadai,heat oil and roast pepper corns.
Ennai kathrikai kuzhambu step 1
  • When it starts to splutter ,add the remaining ingredients except coconut.Roast till golden brown.Lastly add grated coconut,roast for few seconds and switch off the flame.Let them cool. Grind everything into a powder.
Ennai Kathirikai kuzhambu step 2
  • In the same kadai ,add 2 more tbsp of oil and add the slitted brinjal.Roast till it gets cooked.The skin of brinjal gets browned.It takes nearly 10 minutes. 
  • Take the tamarind extract and add the roasted brinjal to it.
Ennai Kathirikai kuzhambu step 3
  • Allow it to boil with the required salt & water. Cover and cook brinjal. After the brinjal is completely cooked,add the roasted powder and boil for some more time.Switch off the stove and serve hot.Enjoy this gravy by mixing in hot rice topped with ghee..

    Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu step 4


  • Add more pepper corns and chillies based on ur spice level.The quantity I have given gives medium spicy taste.
  • Use Tamilnadu purple or voilet brinjal for more taste and flavour.
  • Adding ghee is a must while eating.It helps to balance the heat of brinjal and peppercorns.

Serve with hot rice adding ghee !
    Mix with hot rice topped with ghee.Tastes yummy Thumbs up

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July 12, 2010


I think most of u can prepare bonda/bhaji very easily ..But for me, making bhaji and bonda  is always an achievement  . I suck in making these.So i am always afraid to try even with readymade bhaji/bonda mix..Yesterday I Prepared this  bonda for the first time.Usually i make only vada with urad dal . My MIL suggested me to try this bonda ..It came out excellent ..Thanks to my MIL , i learnt an yummy,easy snack .This gave me a confidence to try bhaji and bonda varieties soon Tongue out..

  • Urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly – 1 no (optional )
  • Pepper corns – 1 – 2 tsp (slightly crushed )
  • Curry leaves – A few (chopped)
  • Coconut pieces – 1 handful ( small in size)
  • Coriander leaves – Few (chopped)
  • Soak urad dal for 30 mins .Grind using very little water along with salt and green chilly.
  • Now add the chopped coconut pieces , curry leaves ,coriander leaves and slightly crushed peppercorns..
  • Mix well and make sure the batter is thick.If it is watery add little rice flour.
  • Now heat the kadai with oil and fry these bondas in batches.
Serve hot !!

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