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December 2, 2014

Brinjal Masala Kuzhambu/Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe

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Brinjal masala kuzhambu recipe
I learnt this brinjal masala gravy recipe from my friend Megha. Its a kurma kind of gravy that goes well with rice, idli, dosa and even chapathi too. Here in Bangalore, people make a brinjal gravy named as “Ennegaayi gojju” as a side dish for akki roti. This gravy tastes similar to that but not exactly. I will share authentic ennegaayi recipe soon.

I tasted this gravy once in Megha’s house and liked it a lot. I got the recipe from her immediately and wrote in my cook book. I have made this many times in my kitchen but somehow I couldn’t blog it. Today I made this brinjal gravy along with tindora curry(yet to post) for Sendhil’s lunch box and thought of sharing here. 

Basically I am a big fan of brinjal recipes. I keep trying one or the other new recipes using brinjal. When I made this gravy, I became very happy that I got yet another easy, interesting brinjal gravy recipe just like my Ennai kathirikai kuzhambu and brinjal kara kuzhambu recipes. Brinjal lovers, do try this gravy. Its very simple to make and yummy too ! The best part is this brinjal gravy can be made directly in a pressure cooker. Do try this brinjal masala gravy for rice and enjoy !

Brinjal masala kuzhambu

Brinjal masala kuzhambu

Brinjal masala kuzhambu Brinjal masala kuzhambu recipe - A kurma kind of gravy for rice,idli n dosa !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Gravies
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Brinjal - 6 nos
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no(finely chopped)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ginger & garlic paste – 1 tsp ( heaped) 
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Coriander leaves - a fistful( 2 tbsp,chopped)
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( add 1.5 tsp for spicy gravy)
  • Dhania powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – little ( to garnish)

  • Wash and slit the brinjals into 4. Keep it immersed in water till use.
  • Grind all the items given under “ to grind” to a smooth paste.
Brinjal masala kuzhambu 1

  • In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds,urad dal and cumin seeds. Saute finely chopped big onions till transparent. Add curry leaves and then add the slitted brinjals. Saute till the skin of brinjal shrinks lightly. Now add the ground masala paste and saute till raw smell vanishes.
Brinjal masala kuzhambu 2
  • Then add a roughly chopped tomato and saute till slightly mushy. Lastly add water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Remove the lid after the steam is released completely. Mix well.Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with plain rice adding ghee.
Brinjal masala kuzhambu 3

    Enjoy !

  • You can replace brinjal with avarekalu/mochakottai/hyacinth beans.
  • This gravy tastes the best when mixed with plain rice adding ghee. Ghee is a must here.
  • You can also have this as a side dish for idli, dosa
  • Here I have not used tamarind.If u want u can replace tomato with a small gooseberry size of tamarind.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves for more flavor.

Enjoy this masala gravy mixing with plain rice and ghee.

brinjal gravy

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Unknown said...

Aah.. this gravy looks yum.. must try some time

great-secret-of-life said...

this looks so amazing.. Pass me that plate

Divs said...

yummy brinjal gravy..always love to try my hands on new brinjal dishes.

Unknown said...

Beautiful Brinjal curry it

Hema said...

Delicious curry, I would love to try this with avarekalu..

Rafeeda AR said...

delicious kuzhambu...

Rajani said...

Bring on anything with brinjal, and it will be great! This looks fragrant.

Unknown said...

Mouthwatering to finish the whole lot :)

Sudha Sabarish said...

Chitra i tried this and was a super hit in my house.Was so tasty.

Unknown said...

Hi, I tried this recipe today.... It was sooooooo super👌🏻..... Thank you😊.....

Chitra said...

Thank you so much :)

Vimal said...

I tried it today and my room mates were awestruck. Thanks for the receipe!

Chitra said...

Thank you :)

Chitra said...

Thanks Sudha :)