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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Brinjal Curry | Vazhuthananga Curry (Tamilnadu Style)

Brinjal(Vazhuthananga) is one vegetable which I love the most(don't like) among vegetables and you might have noticed that there are very few recipes in this space with brinjal.This recipe of brinjal curry is my better half's choice as he remembers having this curry In Chennai from hotels and was craving to have some.He picked up these from the stores and told me to recreate the same at home.He just remembers that it was spicy and tangy.I started my search to find that apt recipe and ended up trying this recipe from here.It came out really good and I enjoyed too,tastes similar to theeyal.This happened about six months back and so now I have started adding these small brinjals to make this curry once in a while.This curry goes well with chapathis or rice too.Do give this a try if you love the flavors and enjoy!!

brinjal/small egg plants small 10
garlic 1 clove
shallots 2-3 big or 5 small
tomato 1 big
tamarind 1 gooseberry size
sambar powder 1tsp
oil 4-5tbsp

to temper
urad dal 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
dry red chillies 3
curry leaves

to grind
chana dal 1/2 tsp
coconut grated 1/2 cup nearly
coriander seeds 1.5tsp
pepper corn 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds 1tsp
shallots 5 large or 10 small
garlic clove 2 small
dry red chillies 5-6

  • Wash and cut the brinjals(egg plant) in quarters(don't separate out) ,keep the stalk intact.Soak in water until use.Wash and soak the tamarind in water.
  • Heat a pan and dry roast the spices,keep aside.Then add the coconut,chana dal,shallots and garlic cloves.Fry this mixture until coconut turns golden brown and shallots turn translucent.Switch off flame,cool and then grind this mixture with roasted spices with minimal water to a smooth paste.keep aside.
  • In another pan,heat oil and then splutter mustard seeds,followed by cumin,dry red chillies,curry leaves and urad dal.

  • Add in the shallots,garlic sliced and saute for a minute.Add in the brinjal (drain water) and fry till its half cooked and the skin color changes, shallots turn brown in color.
  • Add in tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes until mushy.
  • Add the sambar powder and salt.
  • Squeeze the tamarind pulp and add.Add the ground paste,water(1 cup) and cook covered until the brinjal shrink and gets cooked.Also,the gravy thickens in texture.
  • Switch off flame and serve with rotis or rice.We enjoyed with rice and chembu mezhukuparetti !!

* You can add a sprig of curry leaves when grinding too. 

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Rumana Rawat said... Best Blogger Tips

So nice and delicious looking curry...

FLAVZCORNER said... Best Blogger Tips

That sounds similar to our Theeyal, right? I have to try this recipe. I have the big egg plant sitting in my refrigerator for few days now, got to use it. Hey, I always wonder while seeing the pictures of your blender, if its an Indian one, but forgets to ask every time. Did you get one of the indian blender and converted it to fit the voltage?

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious curry.... :)

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Brinjal is a favorite here too, this looks very inviting!

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely spicy gravy

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... curry looks delicious... mouth watering pics...

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Despite you don't like this vegetable, you've found a perfect way to enjoy It. Cheers a

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shibi Thomas That's an Indian blender dear..its available in amazon :)

Padma said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious...and brinjal is a fav vegetable of mine...going to try this!!

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks mouthwatering dear.. M drooling here

Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

you had me at eggplant, anyway you make it i will love it and i love this one too, try it soon.

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh yummy looking kara kuzhambu. I love brinjal and make a similar curry to treat myself sounds weird but its true :))

Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Love a good eggplant curry and this sounds delicious! Also, tamarind does just really add another level of yummy flavor!

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks mouthwatering!

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

drooling at that delicious looking curry...