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March 9, 2015

Biryani Brinjal Gravy/Kathirikai Curry Recipe-Side Dish For Biryani

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Biryani kathirikai curry recipe

Yesterday I posted a simple brinji rice recipe in my Sunday lunch recipes series. When I shared the picture of brinji along with brinjal gravy as side dish, I got so many requests in my facebook page and emails asking me to share the recipe of brinjal gravy for biryani. I was very happy to see so many brinjal fans like me. So without any delay, I am posting the recipe of most popular biryani brinjal curry for you all.

Basically this brinjal curry/gravy is served as a side dish for biryani in muslim marriages and in restaurants. Be it a veg or non-veg biryani, this kathirikai curry serves as a great side dish. Some people call it as “Brinjal pachadi”too. You can find many variations for this recipe.You can make it as a thick curry or a thin gravy as you wish. I came across few simple recipes without grinding part and some with freshly ground masala. But I chose the recipe from a Tamil magazine “Kumudham Snegidhi” (Thanks to Edwin edy of food-fun-friends(Facebook group) for sharing a clip from magazine and from Mye’s blog which was very close to the one given in the magazine. The procedure may look lengthy but its sure a worthy try.

You will get awesome, mouthwatering, flavorful brinjal gravy. Even a brinjal hater would like to taste a small piece of it. In my house, both Sendhil & Raksha hates brinjal recipes. But when I was making this gravy, Sendhil came inside the kitchen by smelling the nice aroma and asked me what I prepare. That yummy aroma made him eat the gravy along with brinji. He loved the combo a lot and took two servings!!

Friends, do try this gravy as a side dish for biryani for your guests and parties/get together. I am sure, this will become a super hit recipe ! Ok, lets see how to make this delectable brinjal gravy for biryani with stepwise pictures !

Brinjal gravy for biryani

Brinjal curry for biryani

Brinjal curry for biryani Brinjal curry for biryani- Yummy side dish for biryani !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Brinjal - 5 nos ( small)
  • Tomato - 2 no ( small)
  • Big onion - 1no ( big, use 2 if medium or small )
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 2 tsp ( use 1 tbsp for more spice)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To roast and grind
  • Peanuts -  1.5 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp ( I used black)
  • Khus khus/Poppy seeds - 1/2 tbsp
  • Tamarind - Small gooseberry size
  • Dry Coconut or freshly grated - 1 tbsp ( optional)
To temper
  • Gingely oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no

  • Grind the onion to a paste and set aside. Grind tomatoes to a puree. Keep aside.Soak tamarind in little water.
  biryani brinjal curry
  • Heat a kadai and roast the peanuts. When the peanuts get half roasted, add the sesame seeds and khus khus. Roast them till it splutter and switch off the flame. Let it roast in the heat of kadai. Grind the roasted ingredients along with tamarind to a smooth paste adding enough water. Make it thick because u have to stuff the brinjal.
Biryani bringal curry
  • Wash and slit the brinjal into 4 pieces without removing the stem. Stuff it with ground masala paste. Keep the remaining masala aside.
Biryani brinjal curry
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds. Then add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add pepper corns and saute for a minute. Then add onion paste, ginger garlic paste. Saute well for sometime. Then add the tomato puree and saute till raw smell went off. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Biryani brinjal gravy
  • Now add the stuffed brinjals and the remaining ground masala. Saute for sometime till the mixture becomes thick.Add some water and close the kadai. Cover cook till brinjal cooks well. If you want to make a thick curry, boil and evaporate all the water by boiling it OR add some water and bring it to thin consistency. Serve as a gravy with biryani !
Biryani brinjal curry
Biryani brinjal gravy
Enjoy !


  • Adjust the consistency of the dish as you wish. I made it as a semi gravy.
  • Add more red chilli powder if you want the gravy to be more spicy.
  • U can garnish the gravy with coriander leaves at the end.
  • You can also add garam masala powder for extra punch.

This brinjal gravy is a yummy side dish for biryani and it tastes good with plain rice too. Try n let me know!
Biryani brinjal curry recipe

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Unknown said...

Yummy curry Chitra,the same way I do I also add dry coconut while making a paste,sure will try tis way.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the quick comment Swati.Try this way n share a pic :)

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

brinyani lovers just lick their fingers for this gravy ! good one

Unknown said...

that looks yummy.. u have a great collection of brinjal dishes...

Mythreyi said...

I never say NO to Brinjal, and this curry making my tummy growl, though it is very early morning here. :-)

Mythreyi said...

I never say NO to Brinjal, and this curry making my tummy growl, though it is very early morning here. :-)

Sundari Nathan said...

Yummy Brinjal curry!! Drooling here:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Chitra,

I love brinjal gravy in any form...Strangely I have a similar recipe from my telugu friend - only difference is that she uses tamarind water and also in the grinding portion there is copra! Gives it a very earthy flavour. Lovely pics Chitra.

Shobha said...

That looks absolutely yummy!!!

jani said...

Sema.... I love brinjal curry N I torture ppl in hotel for getting brinjal curry....finally m going to try in home... Thanks chitra...

Chitra said...

Thank you. Please try n share ur feedback.

Unknown said...

I made brinjal curry with brinji and we relished the combo. Since I didn't have poppy seeds I replaced with cashews. Thanks for the recipe :)

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot Priya :)

Unknown said...

We tried this brinjal gravy today and had it with your brinji rice. Both turned out great.Sure a keeper recipe.Exactly tasted like the one in muslim weddings.Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe


Chitra said...

Thanks a lot Karthik :)