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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.


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

  2. Thank you for your comments, Siddarth.

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

  4. Happy that you like it a lot. 🙂

  5. Sounds delicious! Gonna try it tomorrow> cooking for my MIL. Wish me good luck! 😀

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. I made it today, turned out great .Thanks

  17. Thanks Venky.

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

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

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

  22. gonna try this today

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

  24. 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. 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. Thank you all for your comments.

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

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


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