Ennai kathirikkai

Ennai kathirikkai

This is a South Indian spicy dish which is served along with rice or chapathis. People who don’t like Eggplant/brinjal will definitely become a eggplant lover if they taste this.


  • Small brinjals/eggplant – 8
  • Oil – 1/3 cup
  • Whole tamarind – one small lemon size (soaked in hot water)
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Salt to taste

For masala:

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp
  • Sesame – 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Cloves -2
  • Red chillies – 8 (if small 9-10)
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, cloves, coriander seeds, urad dal, channa dal, red chillies, pepper, followed by asafoetida. Transfer it to a plate and add coconut. Roast for 2 to 3 minutes.

Dry roast peanuts and sesame separately.

Let all the roasted ingredients cool and grind with a little salt to a coarse powder.

Split brinjal into four to six parts leaving the bottom portion in tact (see pic). You can also remove the stem portion and split it.

Stuff the brinjals with the masala and keep the remaining aside.

Now heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pan and add the stuffed brinjals. Keep turning the brinjal every 5 to 10 minutes cooking all the sides. Cover and cook until it becomes tender.

In between,  remove the pith and seeds from tamarind and add it to the remaining ground powder and grind it to a fine paste.  Add salt to the remaining masala, mix well.

Transfer the cooked brinjal to the plate. In the same pan add the remaining oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaves and the ground paste.

Let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes until oil starts separating. Add a cup of water and bring it to a boil and add the brinjal. Let it cook for 10 minutes over low heat until oil floats and the gravy thickens. Turn off the heat.

:-) Serve hot with steamed rice and papad or roti.

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29 Responses to Ennai kathirikkai

  1. Siddharth July 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    It was simply brilliant!! Kudos to your recipe!!

  2. Nithu July 20, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Thank you for your comments, Siddarth.

  3. Siddharth Balachandran November 19, 2008 at 1:55 am #

    I am again gonna be making it today !!YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

  4. Nithu November 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    Happy that you like it a lot. :)

  5. Ashwini May 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    Sounds delicious! Gonna try it tomorrow> cooking for my MIL. Wish me good luck! :-D

  6. Divya Vikram July 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    I made this for lunch yesterday. It came out too good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Selvi January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I had a problem may be i did something wrong,I dont know how u got it in orange color.May be it could do it again and see.

  8. Sudha February 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    This is what i want.. Thanks for ur recipe.Will make it for lunch

  9. chef gururaja May 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    hi its very nice, and i makeing today its very nice,and very help for me this recipe.thanks nithu madam

  10. ANJU June 30, 2010 at 4:07 am #

    I made this for lunch yesterday. It came out too good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Nithu June 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

      I am happy you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. deepu November 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    I just had for my Lunch.. very yummy…. thanks for this recipe.. i think it authentic andra recipe..

  12. Patrick Besant November 29, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I’ve invited the whole family to ours this xmas for a big dinner, so the roast is pretty central to that.. I found a lot of ideas at this roast recipe site, but cant seem to decide on one – there’s too many to choose from! It is fun planning such a big xmas dinner though!

  13. Eskitha Periyaswamy December 4, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    I tried your recipe with Rice Chapatti (Bhakri in Maharasthra), it was simply yammy… Thanks for the recipe.

  14. anu April 11, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Hey nithu,

    yesterday thru a google search for ‘ennai kathirikkaai’ landed here. man…one awesome recipe!! we dont get the kutti kathirikkaais here…at one of the veggie shops…spotted it…grabbed it right away! thanks for the simple and detailed steps. The dish turned out so well…that I have still not stopped singing praises for the recipe:))

  15. Nithu April 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Thanks Deepu, Patric, Eskitha and Anu. I am glad u all like it.

  16. venky April 16, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I made it today, turned out great .Thanks

  17. Nithu April 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Thanks Venky.

  18. Ramya shyam August 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    thamk u for ur recipe. It came out superb. this is what i was searching. thank u so much

  19. lakshmi November 9, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Hai Nithu,

    You can’t imagine how much I love this recipe. I prepared ennai katharikai and served it to the dearest person of my life and got a sweet smile in return. Thanks a bunch.


  20. Nithu November 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Thanks Ramya and Lakshmi. I am glad u liked it. Check out our other recipes too and enjoy.

  21. Hemanth November 29, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Lovely recipe.. managed to impress my wife with some quick cooking. Thanks.

  22. leena February 3, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    gonna try this today

  23. jayalakshmibalasubramanian August 25, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    i too tried this recipes …….. came out well , we all enjoyed …. thank u

  24. vanitha December 13, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    hey, the recipe looks good. pics in the recipe are really nice and after seeing them only, i got the urge to cook this dish..:)

  25. Shifee November 7, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Lovely and awesome receipe…. semma dish.. i got a gooooood praose frm my hubby and sooooo happy :) :)
    going to follow ur blog frm now on…first dish i tried frm ur blog n it was awesome…..

  26. Nithu November 8, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Shifee – happy for you. Please keep following for more interesting recipes.

  27. Anjana June 14, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Loved it!!! have been making it regularly….. Thanks!


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