Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu (Spicy Brinjal Curry)

I have made this curry many times since Ramya posted and as it has become my family favourite esp hubby demands this whenever we get brinjals. As my colleagues requested to post stepwise I kept postphoning and finally found some time to cook and click :) I followed her recipe to the dot with very minor modifications.
Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe


Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu (Spicy Brinjal Curry) Recipe
Recipe Source : Ramya Cooks

Ingredients:
  • Brinjals - 6 to 7
  • Small onions - 5
  • Lemon sized tamarind - 1
  • Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
To roast and grind to a paste:
  • Tomato - 1 medium sized chopped
  • Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Jeera - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Whole black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal- 3/4 tsp
  • Channa dhal - 3/4 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 5
To temper:
  • Vadagam(the one used for tempering) / Urad Dhal - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Black mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 2

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe
Method:
First dry roast all the ingredients under 'to roast and grind' section till golden brown and tomatoes turn slightly mushy and raw smell leaves. Soak tamarind in water for few mins and extract thick pulp out of it.Keep aside.

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Step1

Grind the roasted ingredients to a fine paste, set aside. Put a '+' mark in the brinjals with a knife and fill in the brinjals with the paste(Reserve the remaining paste.). Stuff all the brinjals and keep aside. Now heat a kadai with oil add onions, turmeric powder and saute till onions turn slightly browned.

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Step2

Now add the stuffed brinjals and saute until it shrinks. Then add the remaining paste and saute for 2mins. Now add 1.5 cups of water, required salt and simmer.
Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Step3
Keeping lid closed and Cook until the brinjals are half cooked. Now add the tamarind extract and keep in simmer until the curry starts thickening.

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Step4
It will thicken up to a kuzhambu consisency and oil will start floating... at this stage switch off and transfer to serving bowl. In a kadai, add the items under 'to temper' and add the tempering to the kuzhambu
Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Step5
My Notes:
  • Adding the tempering at the last stage gives a strong unique flavouring so dont skip this.
  • Adjust red chillies according to your spice level.
  • If you dont have vadagam for tempering thenreplace it with urad dhal but still vadagam gives a nice flavour to this curry so I prefer adding it.
Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe
This is a spicy curry which is apt with hot steamed rice. This is another take for ena kathrikai kulambu and we all loved it.


Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

51 comments:

  1. Kaara kuzhambhu is superr.. not a big fan of brinjals but still love with this paste u hv added.. sure try this sunday..

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  2. Wowo that curry looks super super yumm.

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  3. mmmm.... yummmmmy dish of brinjal. Looks very lovely. Bookmarked this.

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  4. nice gravy..would be gr8 wid rice..:)

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  5. I love kara kuzhambu nice recipe, will have to try this way :) Delicious clicks...

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  6. not a brinjal fan but im somehow thinking this would be a great curry to start with

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  7. drooling over this kara kuzhambhu. Want to have this with hot rice and papad. My sister makes a similar one and she was telling me for a long time to post that one.

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  8. Yummy kara kuzhambu and delicious.Feel like having immediately.

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  9. very unique preparartion sounds very interesting for a brinjal fan

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  10. Yum ...I would love this ...looks so perfect

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  11. Slurp,lipsmacking kuzhambu,love with papads and rice.

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  12. OMG,very tempting recipe dear...Amazing clicks.Loved ur curry n the presentation too gud...

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  13. OMG,very tempting recipe dear...Amazing clicks.Loved ur curry n the presentation too gud...

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  14. Lipsmacking Brinjal Curry,im gonna try it..your stepwise presentation gives your blog unique look..keep growing :)

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  15. very nice recipe, kara kuzhambu looks spicy and inivting...next time will try this way..

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  16. Hi!
    This recipe is mouth watering.. lovely snaps! will surely try it.

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  17. Creamy and delicious,looks superb..nice recipe will surely try this..

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  18. I would love the curry with more chillies ;-))

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  19. Delicious gravy, lovely flavors in there n the clicks are stunning!
    USMasala

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  20. Is it similar to bharwan baingan or bagara baingan?

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  21. Curry looks superb... mouth watering.. liked your presentation very much...

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  22. how did u read my mind dearie as i was just browsing through some brinjal recipes in ur blog !!!
    yes this was the kind of curry which we used to be served during my hostel days in chennai
    gonna try this out.
    but can we make it a bit more drier?
    i mean like some roast with less gravy
    what shall i do for that

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  23. @Mitha : This is a gravy kind of recipe and am not sure how it will turn out when made the dried version....You can try this gravy am sure all brinjal lovers will luv it :)

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  24. Wow!!! curry looks spicy and tempting. Lovely dish.

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  25. Mouthwatering curry,looks so delicious.

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  26. Ah a brinjal variation, im always looking for ways to make the family enjoy Brinjal, lets try this too..

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  27. I like brinjal the most. Sound delicious with stuffing!

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  28. Mouth watering curry. somehow i was pulled into TN regional wise cooking and bookmarking all when i come across. I am bookmarking this also.

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  29. I get small brinjals only when we go to the Indian store(2 or 3 months once) .. so this becomes a delicacy :). Yummy.

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  30. A delicious dish. We make it with sesame seed filling. :)

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  31. Hi, I tried this today, it came out super-delicious, my little one polished it off:) You have a great blog and good food!:)

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  32. Sharmi,
    had bookmarked this recipe as I wanted a brinjal curry with gravy like the hostel days ones from long ago in Chennai.Made this today and hubby and I loved it.Did not need anything else with rice.
    One of ur most frequent visitor
    Sonia

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  33. Thanks a lot Sharmilee for the great recipe. I was always a fan of kara kuzhambu during my chennai days, but cooked it first time yesterday. Family loved it and myself can stop having it!!

    Regards, ur new visitor - Shibin

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  34. @Sonia : I was just thinking of you the other day and here you are :) Glad t know you liked it a lot!!

    @Anonymous : Welcome to sharmispassions!! Thats great to hear...keep visiting, am glad to hear such comments!

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  35. Hi
    I don't have a good blender that will give a fine paste. Can I just add the grinding ingredients if they are partially ground?

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  36. @Anon : Yeah it will be ok but the curry will be a bit coarse, if you are ok with it then go ahead :)

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  37. tried this n came out really well:-) thankoo sharmi:-) can we usee any other vegie instead of brinjal? like radish?

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  38. very nice kozhambu recipe with very good presentation.

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  39. @Kalyani: Yes you can try with radish, drumstick or even with brinjal potato combination

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  40. Hey tried this kuzhambu . Came out very well and How do i get updates on ur recently posted recipes

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  41. I tried this recipe and it was delicious. I came across ur blog recently and loved all the recipes have bookmarked some and going to try it out. Thanks.

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  42. I tried ur recipe it came out delicious thanks

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  43. Actually I was searching in net for something to do wit brinjal, ended up here...wen I started to cook I thght ll become a worst brinjal curry ever..so I decided to serve it to my bro first...really got shocked to see my bro's expression...he simply loved it n said wat n al u added pls tel me tel me...den nly I tasted...hmmmm simply superb thanks to u a lot

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  44. Hi sharmi, its very nice receipe.. thanks..

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  45. Came out very well....Thanks for the receipe...

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