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Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe | Kathirikai Kara Kulambu Recipe

Kathirikai Kara Kuzhambu Recipe with step by step pictures. Spicy tamarind based brinjal kara kuzhambu which taste amazing with rice.
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Brinjal- ½ kg
  • Shallots / Sambar Onion- 10 peeled
  • Tamarind-1 lemon size
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar- ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro-for garnishing
  • Oil try to use Gingelly Oil / Nallaennai- 3 tblspn
  • For Kara Masala:
  • Onion-1 chopped
  • Tomato-2 chopped
  • Coriander seeds / Malli – 2 tblspn
  • Dry Red chilli-5
  • Coconut- ½ cup
  • Oil-2 tblspn
  • For Tempering:
  • Oil try to use Gingelly Oil / Nallaennai- 3 tblspn
  • Mustard seeds / Kaduku-1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeerakam-1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing- ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves-2 spring


  • Make kara masala:
  • Heat 2 tblspn oil in a kadai and add in onions,cook for 1 min...
  • Add in coriander seeds and red chilli mix well..
  • Now add in coconut and fry that for 5 mins or until golden..
  • Add in tomato and mix well...
  • Take this in blender and make into a fine puree..Set this aside for a moment..
  • Make kulambu:
  • Now add in 3 tblspn of oil and heat it up..
  • Add in shallots and cook for 2 mins..Add in the chopped brinjal and mix well..Cook this for 5 mins..
  • Pour in the tamarind water and bring that to boil..
  • Add in ground up masala and mix well.
  • Season with salt and sugar..
  • Bring that to boil and simmer for 30-45 mins until the gravy is thickened and oil floats on top..Garnish with cilantro..
  • Make tempering by heating oil and crackling in mustard seeds,cumin seeds,hing and curry leaves..
  • Pour this over the gravy and mix well
  • Serve with rice..
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