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March 1, 2011

Kathirikai Podi Curry / Brinjal Podi Curry / Eggplant Podi Curry

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Today's recipe is one of my most favorite side dish for rice. Yes, its brinjal podi curry which we call as Kathirikai podi curry in Tamil. Its a no onion, no garlic recipe. Its a popular poriyal recipe in Tamil nadu. This is my mom’s special recipe too. It goes well with More kuzhambu and Rasam rice. I can have with plain rice as well. The flavor of freshly ground spice powder coated over the perfectly cooked and roasted brinjal make this dish loved ny everyone. Friends, you too try this kathirikai podi curry recipe and share your feedback with me :) .

KATHRIKAI PODI CURRY

INGREDIENTS 
  • Small brinjal – 7 nos ( Choose small brinjal for best taste)
  • Salt and water – As needed.
To roast & grind :
  • Cooking Oil – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly – 4 nos (use 3 for less spice)
  • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
To temper:
  • Gingely Oil / Sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
METHOD :
  • Wash and cut each brinjal lengthwise into 4 pieces and soak in water to avoid change of color.
  • In a kadai , add a tsp of oil and roast the coriander seeds, chana dal, red chillies till golden in color. Keep the flame low. 
  • In the same kadai add the grated coconut and roast for a minute. If you are using coconut pieces, you can roast it along with dals and red chillies. Make sure you don't burn anything. 
  • Grind all the roasted items to a coarse powder. ( not too fine or too coarse )
  • Now in a kadai add gingely oil , temper the mustards & urad dal . Add the brinjal pieces . Saute till the brinjal is cooked soft but retains the shape. Do not add water, keep the flame low and cover cook the brinjal till its skin shrinks and cooks well. 
  • It takes nearly 10 to 15 minutes in very low flame based on the size of brinjal. Cover the kadai with a lid. Open in the middle and stir it whenever needed. Make sure brinjal doesn't get burnt.  
  • Lastly add the roasted powder , salt and mix well for few minutes in low to medium flame. Make sure the brinjal pieces don't break. Swicth off the flame.  
  • Poriyal is ready to serve hot !!
We enjoyed with my mom’s more kuzhambu :)

KATHRIKAI PODI CURRY 1

NOTE 

As we cook the brinjal , its shrinks in size but the color is retained. My mom makes this curry in other way too.She slit cut the brinjal into 4 pieces , stuff this podi , use lot of oil and saute it till brinjal gets cooked in oil. Since this method consumes more oil and also the color of the brinjal turns black , we avoid making this way. For kids , you can try this method..


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29 comments :

Unknown said...

My fav too...looks yumm

Indian Khana said...

New for me and looks yum...will try this n nice pics

Unknown said...

Perfect Combo Chitra,loved ur version of brinjal curry...Delicious.

Raks said...

Amazing recipe,one more brinjal recipe in the list!

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, thats a delicious curry,soooo tempting and loving it.

Chitra said...

Thanks everyone :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy brinjal

Ramya said...

I love eggplants in any form:-)
This look soo yummy...the last click is soo tongue tickling..

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow...very simple and yum...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Great one.simple and delicious curry

Chitra said...

I did not know much about the medicinal benefits of Brinjal. Thank you for the informative post.

Laavanya said...

Always like brinjal curry - looks very nice. It's always nice to read the health benefits you add in every post :)

Unknown said...

simple and delicious brinjal

Puja said...

I love eggplants and surely going to try this yummy version soon :)

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Panchpakwan said...

Looks delicious brinjal fry.

divya said...

Wow Excellent fry,Luks delicious...

Suja Manoj said...

Love this, my mom makes this somewhat similiar..loved your version,will try this next time

sanjeeta kk said...

The curry looks delicious!

Vimitha Durai said...

Lots of brinjal recipes to work with.. Looks delicious...

Swathi said...

Kathrikai podi looks awesome. i love brinjal.

Kalyani said...

looks delicious and my fav.

Reshmi said...

first time here and u've wonderful collection of recipes.. I love the way u discuss the benefits of different ingredients.. tats very informative.. love to follow u!

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Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Hmm...a mouth watering which is my all time fav..

lata raja said...

One delicious podi kari and I can thoroughly relish the combination with morkuzhambu also.

Unknown said...

i love this..looks absolutely yumm..long time I made this..

Vikis Kitchen said...

Brinjal looks so flavorful n delicious dear. This is one recipe I am looking for a long time and I will definitely try this.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

Loved it Chitra...awesome click..:D
Tasty appetite

gopal said...

My Lt.Mom used to keep the cut brinjal pieves immersed in imli water (புளித்தண்ணி!
She used to make Rasam with the umbrella (கத்திரிக்காய் நெட்டி)
கத்திரிக்காய் கறி+ ரஸம் are her signature dishes!

Chitra said...

Great. Both sounds interesting.