Dec 4, 2011

Brinjal Puli Kulambu / Brinjals Cooked in a Spicy Tamarind Sauce

Puli kulambu is one of our family favorite and amma makes it more than twice in a week. Each time she uses different vegetables to make puli kulambu. Sometimes she makes with drumsticks, sometimes with onions alone, sometimes with onions and garlic..The flavours of this varies each time according to the vegetables.

I love to add lots of garlic in my kulambu. Specially if you have those big fat chinese garlic, it taste so good. The garlic gets cooked and absorbs all juices from the gravy and taste divine.

I made this gravy yesterday along with drumstick leaves thoran and colocasia roast masala for lunch..It was a pretty good meal..So here you go to the step by step recipe with pictures.


Brinjal – 2 large chopped
Onion-1 chopped

Tomato-2 chopped

Garlic – 10 pods

Tamarind – 1 small lime size( I used 1 tblspn of tamarind puree)

Chilli Powder-2 tsp

Coriander Powder / Malli – 1 tblspn

Turmeric Powder / Manjal podi – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar / Jaggery – 1 tsp

Oil- 3 tblspn

For Seasonings:

Oil-1 tblspn

Mustard Seeds / Kaduku – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 spring


Heat oil in a kadai..Add onions and tomatoes and mix well.

Add garlic and mix well. Cook everything for 5 mins.

Now add turmeric, chilli and coriander powder and mix well.Season with salt and sugar.

Now add brinjals and mix well so that everything gets coated with the masala.

Pour some water so that it forms a gravy. Add tamarind paste and mix well.

Bring this to a boil and simmer for 15-20 mins untill everything is cooked and the gravy gets little thicker.

Now make Seasoning by heating oil and crackling mustard and curry leaves.

Pour this over the gravy and mix well.

Serve hot with rice.

Take all your ingrediants
Prepare your veggies
saute onions in oil
till it gets translucent
add tomatoes and mix well
add in garlic cloves as well
add turmeric powder
now goes chilli & coriander powder
season this with salt and sugar
mix everything well
add brinjal in this
give it a stir
pour some water
and your tamarind paste
bring this to a boil
simmer untill everything is cooked and gravy gets little thicker
make seasoning and pour over the gravy
enjoy with rice


CaySera said... Best Blogger Tips

hmmm....slurpp!! that looks yummy aarthi.....

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Plateful said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not much on brinjal but I'm huge on tangy flavored curries. This looks delish!

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so yummy. I could eat it by the bowlfuls

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

i have not made curry with egg plant .....will try this......superb

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG! am drooling it!

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds great...ur step by step guide always helps the most....I'm amazed by ur patience.


Christy Gerald said... Best Blogger Tips

Yumm and super Good.Luv it

Pushpa said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice chatti adds to the yumminess of the kuzhambu,tangy and perfect.

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect gravy to hav with white rice

Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy ans tangy the presentation

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This may be your greatest piece on the net!!!

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious curry looks wonderful

Balakrishna Saraswathy said... Best Blogger Tips

The gravy looks so delicious and I have have few more servings f rice..btw the wok looks fabulous with nice work..

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and tangy brinjal curry

Valarmathi Sanjeev said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy recipe...looks absolutely delicious

Maayeka said... Best Blogger Tips

tempting and delicious ....i must try this

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious tangy curry...yumm.

Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Anytime fav..looks so tempting with rice

Roshan said... Best Blogger Tips

very spicy and appetizing curry....

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Slurp,super tempting and fingerlicking puli kuzhambu..

Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice. love it!!

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious ...u have such lovely authentic collection of recipes ...v well explained!

Rosita Vargas said... Best Blogger Tips

me encanta con esa exquisita salsa,abrazos grandes.

ANU said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice....luv the presentation!

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soujanya said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect gravy with rice..looks yumm..

Shema George said... Best Blogger Tips

i luv brinjal..will definitely try this as it looks very delicious

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

just mouthwatering flavors...irresistable..;)
Tasty Appetite

Purabi Naha said... Best Blogger Tips

This dish is truly looking very yummy! I must try this ASAP!

Nags said... Best Blogger Tips

that's brilliant! :)

Manidipa Bhaumik said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow..You have captured each step picture.Looks really good.
Thanks for such posts.


trek123 said... Best Blogger Tips

Thats a lovely dish... Brinjal with tamarind is one of my all time favourite dish.Excellent step by step presentation.I tried it straight away.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very good. Nice and simple procedure for beginners. Appreciate the post!

Venkata Manjusha said... Best Blogger Tips


I have tried this kulambu. It came out very well.. Thanks alot for posting!

morri said... Best Blogger Tips

Guess what happened - when I was shopping, a seller at the market gave me two brinjals for free! (said they were wilted anyway) I wanted to make the Srilankan chicken this weekend, but I made this kulambu instead. Nice and tasty, and it's not as spicy as your typical curry.

OmKeerthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice presentation.. Where did you buy your man chatti... Want to buy one.. Please tell...

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@OmKeerthii got it from my super market, it is called as lynns