Friday, August 21, 2009

Kathirikai Puli Kulambu (Brinjal Curry)

I am not a big fan of this vegetable 'brinjal', But Raja likes it very much.
My mom used to make "puli Kulambu ". She makes in such a way that the brinjal wont be visible that much.The tanginess from the tamarind gives a flavor to the kulambu that is irresistible.

Brinjal - small 5 to 6
Onion - 1 medium ( sliced)
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Garlic - 1 clove
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Chili Powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - Big Lemon Size (Soak it in water and extract the juice)

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 4 or 5
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste

1.Cut the brinjal length wise into pieces.

2.Heat oil in a kadai and shallow fry the brinjals.Remove it and place in a tissue paper.

3.Heat oil in another kadai and add mustard seeds and when they pop add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.

4.Add the sliced onions and saute it.When the onions become soft ,add the chilli powder and mix it well. Add the tamarind juice( 2 cups) and allow it cook.
5.After 5 min add the brinjal. Close it with a lid and allow it to cook for 10 - 15 min

6.Grind the coconut along with turmeric, cumin powder and garlic into a smooth paste.

7.Add the grounded paste to the brinjal and allow it cook for 10 more min or until done.

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