Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kathirikai Puli Kulambu Recipe | Brinjal Recipes

Kathirikai Puli Kulambu Recipe
Brinjal recipes have become a routine at home these days. After ennai kathirikai kulambu my fav is this Kathirikai Puli Kuzhambu....make some rice,a simple stir fry and you are done with your meal. There were days when I used to hate brinjals and now I wonder myself for being a great lover of brinjals :)

Kathirikai Puli Kulambu Recipe

Kathrikai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Brinjals - 8 to 10
Small Onion - 10
Garlic - 5 pearls
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Tamarind – 1 small lemon size
Red Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Water - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil -1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 3/4 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Vadagam - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Curry leaves - few


  1. In a pan heat oil - add the items under 'to temper' let it splutter then add onion and garlic saute till nicely browned.Meanwhile slit the brinjals like shown(a plus sign) and add the brinjals.
    How to make puli kuzhambu - Step1
  2. Saute well till brinjals shrink, add water and let it get cooked.Add tamarind to water and mash it up well and extract the pulp.
    How to make puli kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Add the tamarind pulp once brinjals turn soft, allow it to boil. Now add turmeric, red chilli and coriander powders.Add required salt.Grind coconut to a fine paste with little water.
    How to make puli kuzhambu - Step3
  4. Add the coconut paste and allow it boil for few more mins until it reaches a thick kulambu consistency and oil starts separating.Switch off. How to make puli kuzhambu - Step4
Cool down and store in a clean airtight container.

My Notes:

  • I dont add tomatoes for this kulambu but there is no harm adding it.
  • Make sure you add the tamarind and coconut paste only after brinjals get cooked.
  • You can add a 1/2 tsp of sambar powder too but make sure to reduce red chilli powder accordingly.
  • You can even use other veggies like drumstick along with it.
  • It is a spicy curry so adjust spice level accordingly.
  • The color of the kuzhambu purely depends on the chilli powder you use.
Kathirikai Puli Kulambu Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Simply delicious...Brinjal recipes are always a welcome at home..sis loves them & we need to keep trying out newer recipes..So bookmarking this too :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Tempting gravy,perfect with rice,looks so yummy

  3. yum..yum..
    kathirikkai kulambhu looks so delicious...lovely clicks...

  4. Yummy and it

  5. Delicious and mouthwatering kulambu. Looks so tempting.

  6. superb curry :) and very inviting, my fav is brinjal too

  7. I love brinjal too, i love the consistency of the curry

  8. spicy and tangy gravy... looks delicious...

  9. i love it when i see kozhambhu on other blogs, so many variations to try!

  10. love this with rice..nicely done and beautifully captured dear.

  11. looks yummy...a new variety of brinjal gravy...

  12. yummy looking Kozhambhu love the pic and spices in it

  13. Great job Sharmi! After ages I hv had this taste of brinjal. I often use ur recipes when ever I cook just fr myself. It takes me back to my bachpan as my khilai was from Kerala and that taste has stayed with me! Love the effort with which u present all the foods. Hope u go a long way. Naveen, Karachi.

  14. OMg pulikuzhambu is my favourite....just had it today....delish

  15. Sharmi, great job.. One question, what is vadagam? I spoke with my mom, but not sure what the combination is. I can find something in google, but I dont want to do this wrong. Help me out. thanks. Vijay

  16. fingerlicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  17. NO words to say, my favorite, made long time back, craving badly for it. Great it looks

  18. Mouthwatering kuzhambhu, Love to have this right now

  19. my all time favourite sharmi loved it !

  20. Photos are enough to explain the process :)
    Great work sis :)
    no one cud make it this simple!!
    Thanks :)

  21. Hi..What is vadagam..I could not find what it is?????

    1. It is thalipu vadagam we use for tempering for some varities of south indian curries. You can get it in leading supermarkets.To see how it looks please check vadagam chutney post.

  22. Appreciate your passion.. Tried this today and some came good for me as a first timer..!! Thanks for this post..:)


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