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Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu

posted Oct 12, 2015, 12:53 PM by Ramya Sadish Kannan

Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu is a traditional south Indian dish prepared with brinjals. In this recipe brinjals are cooked in a spicy tangy sauce giving a delicious flavour. 

Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu

Ingredients:
  • Brinjal - 7 small 
  • Red Chilly - 1
  • Tamarind - lemon sized ball (Soak tamarind in hot water and extract tamarind juice and discard the pulp)
  • Curry leaves - 5 or 6 leaves
  • Urad dhal - 1/4 tbsp
  • Fenugreek / Vendhayam - 1/4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil 
  • Salt to taste 
 To Grind:
  • Pearl onions /Shallots - 8
  • Curry leaves - 4 or 5 leaves
  • Red chillies - 4
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1/3 cup
Pour Oil in a pan, roast red chillies,curry leaves,onions. Saute till onions are translucent , add tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft. Turn off flame, add coriander powder and mix well. Cool the above roasted ingredients and grind them with grated coconut.

Method:
  1. Cut the brinjals as shown in the below picture and stuff the grounded paste into them. 
    Brinjal slit
  2. Heat 1 table spoon oil in a pan, add the brinjals and saute until the brinjal slightly shrinks and turn slight brown.
  3. Transfer to a plate.
  4. In the same pan heat some oil, add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add fenugreek seeds, red chilly and urad dhal and saute for a minute.
  5. Add curry leaves and saute.
  6. Add the ground paste and saute well.
  7. Allow to cook with a closed lid for 5 minutes with frequent stirring.
  8. Now add brinjal, 1/2 cup water,salt and allow to boil until the brinjal is tender.
  9. Add the tamarind juice and mix. Allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  10. Turn off flame and serve hot with rice.
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