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Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu Recipe | Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe

Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu Recipe with step by step pictures. Whole brinjal cooked in a tangy tamarind gravy with whole spices and spice powder till a layer of oil floats on top.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 197 kcal


  • 10 Small Brinjals
  • 1 small lemon size Tamarind diluted in water
  • 10 pods Garlic
  • 1 sliced Onion
  • a handful Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds / Kaduku
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeerakam
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery / Sarkarai / Vellam or Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida / Kaya Podi / Hing
  • 6 tbsp Oil
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing

For Roasting and Grinding:

  • 1 cup Fresh Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds / Kasa Kasa
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 6 Dry Red chilli
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeerakam
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds / Vendayam
  • 2 tbsp Coriander powder / Malli Podi
  • 1 Onion


  • Slit brinjals in the middle in to 4 parts..But make sure that the stem is intact with this.(See picture).
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai and add in all the roasting ingredients and roast till golden and brown. Let this cool down. Now grind this into a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Heat rest of the oil in a kadai and crackle mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Now add in asafoetida and curry leaves. Add in onions and garlic and fry for few minutes..
  • Add in brinjal and fry for 5 minutes till it get seared on all sides..
  • Pour in the tamarind water and mix well. Add in the ground masala and season with salt and jaggery.
  • Bring this to a good boil and simmer the flame. Let this cook partially covered for 20-30 mins.
  • In which time the oil will have been separated from the mixture and the gravy must have thickened.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
Ennai Kathirikai Kulambu Recipe | Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 servings)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 431IU9%
Vitamin C 66mg80%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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