Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ennai kathrikaai (எண்ண கத்திரிக்காய்) / Stuffed brinjal curry

Very delicious dish. Can be served with hot white rice or sambhar rice.
My hubby hate brinjal whereas i like this vegetable. Tried 2 other recipes using brinjal to make him eat and finally this recipe grabbed his attention.


1. Violet brinjal - 6 nos
2. Cooking oil - 3 tbs
3. Gingelly / Sesame oil - 3 tbs
4. Mustard seeds + urad dal (white lentil) - 1/2 tbs
5. Finely chopped onion - 2 tbs
6. Finely chopped tomato - 2 tbs
7. Curry leaves - 4 nos
8. Salt to taste

To grind

1. Big brown onion - 1/2 roughly chopped
2. Grated / shredded coconut - 3/4 cup
3. Red chilli (big & dried) - 5 nos (no other spice will be added to the dish, based on ur taste adjust the red chilli nos)
4. Ginger - 2 nos small
5. Garlic - 2 nos small
6. Peanut (dry roasted) - roughly 1 handful
7. Turmeric powder - pinch
8. Mint & cilantro - 1/2 handful (optional)
9. Sesame seeds - 1 1/2 tbs (if u dont have sesame seeds, can use sesame oil instead)
10. Salt to taste


1. Heat 2 tbs sesame oil in a pan and saute the ingredients mentioned under to grind. Grind well the sauted ingredients into a fine paste. Keep this aside.
2. Wash and slit the brinjal at the centre (cut the brinjal from top like spliting it into 2 halfs but do not complete the cut. Stop at half inch above the bottom. Do similarly, perpendicular to the above cut) as shown below and stuff the brinjal with grinded paste.
3. Heat cooking oil + remaining sesame oil in a pan and add mustard seeds + urad daal + curry leaves. Once mustard seed pops add chopped onion and tomato. Cook till the tomato gets smashed.
4. Add 1 cup of water to the remaining grinded paste and add it to sauted tomato. Add little salt and wait till the gravy boils. Now place the stuffed brinjal inside it carefully and close the pan with a lid.
5. Cook the dish completely in medium flame. For every 2 mins open the lid and stir well without disturbing the brinjal. If required, sprinkle oil consiously.
6. Cook till oil seperates out. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve hot.
Tip:- Place the cut brinjal inside water before stuffing.

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