Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stuffed Eggplant /Stuffed Brinjal/ Enna kathirikkai/

Eggplant or Brinjal or Kathirikkai(in Tamil) is one rare species. I have not seen anyone loving the vegetable but I have seen many hating including my husband J until I made the very famous enna kathirikai. And he also gave me a surprise by handpicking them during our grocery shopping.And thats why friends,if you have anyone in your family hating brinjal you should definitely give this a shot :-) !!

  • 4 Indian brinjals
  • juice extracted from a small lemon sized tamarind
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions 
  • 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp corainder seeds
  • 1 tbsp channa dal
  • 4-6 dry red chillies(adjust to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp jeera(cumin)
  • 1 tsp pepper corns(optional for extra spice)
  • 2 cloves
  • an inch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp saunf
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut 
  • mustard seeds
  • curry leaves
  • Hing
  • None.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients highlighted in yellow and grind it to a fine powder(Keep in mind to add the grated coconut at the end)
  • Slit the brinjals into four equal parts keeping the stem intact.
  • Apply little oil inside the slits and fill them with the ground powder.
  • Do not try to fill in everything. Keep the remaining powder aside.
  • Saute the brinjals in little oil for a few minutes and keep aside (take out when the skin changes colour)
  • Heat oil in a kadai  and temper with the ingredients highlighted in green.
  • Then add the onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes along with the onions and cook until the whole mixture blends well.
  • Now add in the tamarind extract with 2 cups of water and add salt.
  • After it comes to a boil, add the brinjals and stir in the remaining ground mixture as well.
  • Cook covered in medium flame for around 10 minutes.
  • Once you get a thick consistency and the brinjals are all done,switch off the flame.

Serving suggestions
  • Serve with hot rice and a dry poriyal
  • Using gingelly oil for the entire recipe gives a good flavour.
  • You can make the gravy little bit watery if you like.

The sisters at Hamaree Rasoi have given the awards, thanks dears ! 

I would like to pass these on to , 
 Piper from the Crazy Apron
Aruna from the Veggie Paradise


  1. Oh buddy, thats really terrific:) Love brinjal simmered in curry. THis ennai kathirikkai is so inviting and droolworthy:)

  2. Wow!! awesome!!!! That looks fabulously yummy!!!

  3. Congrats on the awards. Ennai Kathirikkaai looks wonderful.

    dear, Check out my latest post for a giveaway.

  4. A very nice south indian way of preparing stuffed baingan! Way to go!


  5. Yennai kathirikai curry with rasam rice is my favorite combo..

    Do send your entries for the Home remedies event..

  6. Yennai kathirikai curry with rasam rice is my favorite combo..

    Do send your entries for the Home remedies event..

  7. The stuffed brinjal looks really yummy..wish cud have the plate

  8. Love the ennai kathrikka, ur recipe is quiet different and tasty!

  9. wonderful dish.. sounds too good.. love the color.. :)

  10. Ennai Kathirikkai- just to die for!!! love your version of the recipe!!!

  11. Never tried this..Looks so delicious...

  12. Congratulations on ur well deserved award dear and thx for sharing with me :-)

    Enna kathirikai looks delicious and tempting :-)

  13. That's so yum,love it to the utmost core.With ghee on it,that becomes my fav.Wonderful click dear n congratulations on hosting the event.Thanks for the comments .Following you.

  14. I simple cannot resist this stuffed brinjal gravy .Looks great

  15. Oh how I wish I could find those ingredients around here in Texas! I love eggplant and my husband would love this dish!

  16. Wonderful dish. Reminded me of the simmering dish in my grandma's kitchen! Lovely pictures.

  17. @Piper
    Getting those spices shouldnt be a problem in Texas :)

  18. Brinjal curry looks awesome..can have anytime!!

  19. wow so tmepting stuffed brinjls....lovely recipe...nice tempting pics

  20. Slurppp!!tempting ennai kathirikkai..looks divine..

  21. Congrats dear on your awards. And thanks for accepting it. Your brinjal curry is very different preparation. Never tried this....Looks delicious.
    Have a nice weekend!!
    Deepa and Tanu

  22. I am already mouthwatering! Nice recipe and a beautiful capture too!

  23. super curry & congrats on ur awards!!

  24. Congrats on your award dear...enna kathrikai looks too tempting, lovely clicks :)

  25. oh woow!!!!!!!!!brinjal curry looks awesome...congrats on your awards...thanx for sharing....

  26. Super ennai kathrikka. Click enhances the dish even more. Congrats on ur awards, u deserve them :):)

  27. Its mouthwatering dear ...

    Beautiful click ..

  28. Mouthwatering Curry!!!! I am hungry now :) and enjoy your much deserved awards dear:)

  29. Came to your blog through EC's blog. Stuffed brinjal looks so yummy. Nice pictures.


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