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July 22, 2010


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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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  1. I just love this like anything,brinjal is there,what else we need to love it ;)

  2. Kinda new recipe for me and looks gud ..

  3. First time here,love to follow ur recipes...
    Do visit my blog if time permits,

  4. I luv ena kathrikai kolambu dont havent tried it myself....looks gud

  5. I do it almost the same way, but I add brinjals without roasting. Roasting them must be really enhancing the taste.

  6. I have neve rmade brinjal like this, would love to have the curry with plain rice, looks yumm.

  7. this dish is totally new 2 me.. my hubby being an eggplant lover.. am surely going 2 try it :-)

  8. hi,you have a great blog in which u explain all nutrition values

  9. hi chitra,
    kathrikai kuzhambu looks delicious...very new to me ...brinjal is my family favorite veggie ...i will try this ..thanks for sharing this...first time to ur blog ,u got a lovely collection of yummy recipes ...very well explained too...happy to find u.
    if u get time do visit my blog


  10. i have tried this once and loved this.being a fan of eggplant i love this yummy gravy.nice recipe

  11. same here love eggplants too. this one is perfect with rice.

  12. Brinjal is very yummy vegetable that I love...looks really yummy

  13. Looks delicious, I am always ready for some eggplant :-)

  14. Such a droolworthy kuzhambu, makes me hungry..

  15. I am sure I would love this too ♥

  16. Brinjal my fav too..Loved the gravy..

  17. All time fav one.. I love this like anything and this look soooooooo yummy!!!

  18. கத்ரிக்காய் பாக்கர்துக்கு குலோப்ஜாமூன் மாதிரி இருக்கு..:)

  19. My Mom simply loves this...Looks fantastic

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. completely new to me... very intresting dish.. will try it..first here.. u have a lovely space and good collection of recipes.. happy to follow u... if u find time do visit my blog

  21. Nice curry.Brinjal in any form i love it.

  22. I too am a big fan of brinjal..this curry looks mouth watering!

  23. My all time favorite....
    looks very tempting dear :-)

  24. An Award waiting for u in my blog dear

  25. lovely pic and looks like a tempting curry.

  26. I have eaten ennai kathrikkai but never in a kuzhambu. Sahll try this out.

  27. Very new to me....... Looks delicious and tempting clicks!! Will try this sure.

  28. Tempting clicks Chitra,love it.


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