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November 19, 2013

Brinjal Curry | Kathirikai Poriyal - Poriyal Recipes

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kathirikai poriyal recipe
Kathirikai poriyal recipe is one of my favourite poriyal recipes. I love to have this South Indian style brinjal curry with hot sambar sadam and more kuzhambu.This is my mil’s version. Before marriage , I used to enjoy my mom’s kathirikai podi curry with rasam. But this is a very easy & flavourful poriyal in Tamil nadu style. We make potato poriyal using the same method which i’ll post soon.
Brinjal curry

Kathirikai poriyal recipe

Kathirikai poriyal recipe Flavourful Brinjal curry recipe - A best side dish for sambar and curd rice!
Cuisine: Indian Category: Curries Yields: Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes


  • Brinjal - 5 nos (medium sized)
  • Sambar powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Tamarind -Berry size(soak in little water)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Big onion -1 no
  • Cumin seeds/jeera - 1/2 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Cut brinjal into two vertically.Again cut this into two cubes.Soak in water till use to prevent color change.
kathrikai poriyal step by step
  • Cook brinjal adding the required water,salt , tamarind extract and sambar powder.Make sure the brinjal is not over cooked.It should retain its shape.After the brinjal is cooked well, remove and drain the excess water.U can use this water for making sambar.(I usually pressure cook the brinjal along with dal by keeping it in a separate bowl inside the cooker.I keep it after the cooker starts steaming so that by the time it whistles, brinjal will be cooked properly without losing its shape)
kathrikai poriyal step by step 1
  • In the mean time, grind the grated coconut in the mixie without adding water.Then add the cubed big onions and jeera.Run the mixie twice so that onions will be coarsely ground.Do not over grind to make a paste.This is most important for this poriyal to give a nice flavour.
kathrikai poriyal step by step 3
  • Now mix this paste with the cooked brinjal.Add turmeric powder and pinched curry leaves.In a kadai , heat oil and temper all the ingredients given under”to temper”.
kathrikai poriyal step by step 2
    • Add the brinjal mixture and mix it well. Make sure brinjal doesn’t break.Simmer the flame and allow it to roast in oil till all the moisture leaves it.It gives a nice masala smell.Takes nearly 10-12 mins in low flame to get ready.Flip every now and then to avoid burning in the bottom.

kathrikai poriyal step by step 4

Enjoy !

  • U can replace brinjal by pumpkin or potato and make this poriyal.
  • Make sure masala coats the brinjal well.Leave the masala in low flame for 10-15 minutes to get a nice flavour.

kathirikai poriyal

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  1. Ayoo its my most favorite! I super tempting

  2. This way of making eggplant is new to me. Sounds like a flavorsome way to curry up those eggplants

  3. I love this curry.. it has been a while now u hv tempted me

  4. will love to try this one,very different.

  5. Very new to me! Will give it a try...

  6. have tasted in friends place never tried this :D and i am a brinjal lover

  7. Poriyal so well prepared.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. I love brinjal curry and this one looks super delicious..

  9. This looks delicious! Even though I'm not a brinjal fan, am tempted to try this out coz it looks that good :)

  10. Have nvr tried with sambar powder.. Ur clicks are too tempting Chitu...

  11. Very nice recipe and i love the way it has come out...

  12. looks sooooo delicious n yummy....nice clicks..

  13. delicious curry n gr8 presentation!!!

  14. Nice recipe.Neat Presentation.

  15. Adding coconut is lovely.looks yummy.happily following you.would be glad if u follow me back

  16. Very bad chitz..u made urself and ate without even calling me..Angry with u
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  17. We make the brinjals with curry powder! Looks awesome and I love the close up!


  18. Spices and coconut well coated on brinjal really looks so yummy

  19. Looks very nice
    will have to try this one!

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  20. Hi Chitra,
    Can potato be added along with brinjal?
    Thanks in advance

    1. We usually make this with brinjal or potato.I have not combined and tried so far.But i think it will be a different combination and may go well.Please comment here if u try that combo :)

  21. Chitra I tried your brinjal fry without adding potato. It was very nice and different in taste. My wife liked it a lot.
    One request when you give measurements it would be nice if you can refer to gooseberry size or lemon size for tamarind portions. Thanks for easy stepwise descriptions.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Keerthi sir :) Sure I'll mention as u said.In this recipe,we need very less i mentioned as berry size :) Thanks a lot for trying and i'll check the kongu menu post too :)

  22. Hi chitra your kongu lunch menu is not opening.

    1. Please check this link for kongu menu :)


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