Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kathrikai or Brinjal Puli

Just need some steamed rice with some papad to enjoy this tangy and spicy curry. Adding of baby brinjal makes it yummy.  Just slit the brinjal like a flower and put them in whole to this dish. You can make this with ladies finger too. This is one of my mom’s signature dish, she makes it too good and I dont think any of us can make it so well like her. 

Time taken  : 30 minutes
Serves : for 4 pax


Small brinjal - 300gms 
Onion – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Tamrind – a small  ball size or up to your taste *
Tomato – 1 small
Mustard – ½ tsp
Cumin  - ¼ tsp
Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
Green chillies – 2 nos slit
Garlic – crushed 2 cloves
Onion – 1 small finely chopped
Channa Dal – 1 tsp

*soak in ¼ cup of water to extract the pulp

To  fry & Grind  masala (1)

Whole red Chillies – 6 nos.
Whole coriander seeds – 1 ½  tbsp
Methi Seeds – 6 nos.

Small shallots – 3 nos. & garice 2 cloves (grind this along with the  above masala 1 and make a paste and keep aside)

Grind to fine paste and keep this aside (masala 2)

Coconut grated – ¼  cup
Cumin – a pinch
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp


In a kadai, add oil, when hot add the mustard, channa dal and then add the crushed garlic when it turns brown add the slit green chillies and onion, one sprig of curry leaves and fry well.  Add  the brinjal,  fry this until you see the skin colour of the brinjal changes to brown.

Now add the tomatoes and mix well, add some salt and then add the turmeric and the  masala 1. Close the lid and  allow the brinjal to cook, now you can add the tamrind pulp as much as you like sour for the curry. Cover and cook till the brinjal is nicely cooked.

Now add the masala 2, allow the  mixture  to  boil once and then switch it off.  Garnish well with curry leaves. Check salt level.



  1. Brinjal Puli looks yummy, creamy and delicious!!
    The combo of food with papad, buttermilk with plain rice is a good idea!!
    Lovely spread.

  2. Kathirikai puli looks wonderful and appetizing.

  3. Love such flavored curries, what more brinjals are also much loved.

  4. all i need now is a bowl of rice... yumm...

  5. like this kuzhambu with vathal..

  6. love this spicy and tangy gravy.perfect with dosa too.

  7. Latha, this look so delicious. picture itself is so nice.

  8. Slurp,fingerlicking brinjal curry, wonderful spread..

  9. absolutely tasty brinjal puli.... well presented...

  10. Delicious brjinal curry Lata. Love to be your guest oneday.

  11. My pleasure to have as my guest. Dropping by Dubai? Hearty welcome!! Thanks.

  12. Yummy&flavorful curry!1st time here,lovely blog Latha

  13. Wow! Delicious and beautiful presentation..

  14. I love eggplant. Curry looks awesome.

  15. Never tried this b4...looks so yum!thanks for sharing.Love your blog,great collection of recipes

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  17. Brinjal puli looks simply awesome and great Latha :-)

  18. This looks delicious.just need some rice.

  19. nice the color of it...


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