Kathirikka Puli Kozhambu (Eggplant cooked in a spicy tamarind gravy)

Happy new year everyone! First of all a big thank you to everyone for putting up with my “MIA (missing in action)” episodes.  My new year resolution for 2014 is to post more regularly and I really hope I don’t disappoint myself. So lets start this new year with a recipe that is spicy and tangy. The basic steps are very similar to “chettinad kara kozhambu” (my first blog entry). Here is a link to  my chettinad kaara kozhambu http://tinyurl.com/nxvjs9u



Shallots – 1 cup ( 30- 35 pieces)

Garlic – 25 pods

Eggplant – 4 large eggplant sliced into long wedges

Tomato – 1 (cut into chunky pieces)

Tamarind juice – 3-4 cups (with water)


Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon
Chilly Powder – 1 tablespoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel powder- 2 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli – 2-3

Curry Leaves – few

Coconut paste – 3-4 tablespoon ( grind shredded coconut into a smooth paste)

Salt – to taste

Gingely Oil – 3-4 tablespoon

1. Heat oil in a pot ( pick a pot that has a thick base. I love making this dish in my dutch oven :)) and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chilli and curry leaves.
2. Once mustard seeds start splattering, add shallots, garlic, eggplant and sauté for about 5 minutes.

3. Add coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric,fennel powder and  salt. Continue cooking the spices with the veggies for an additional 3-4 minutes. Don’t overcook the veggies. Since you are going to add tamarind water and cook the veggies in the gravy you don’t have to saute the veggies for too long.


4. Now add tamarind juice (add extra water if necessary), tomato and let it cook till the gravy starts to thicken.  At this stage add the coconut paste and cook for additional 5 – 7 minutes for the gravy to thicken. Once you see oil separating from the gravy its an indication that the spices are cooked.


This dish goes very well with rice, idli and dosa.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. siami85starz says:

    I tried this and it came out really well! 🙂

    1. Super! Glad it came out well 🙂

  2. Guneet says:

    I am working with Good Housekeeping Magazine. We really liked your pictures and would like to use one of your picture of Kozhambu in our magazine GoodHousekeeping. We would give the picture credits to you as you would like. Please let us know.

    Guneet Singh Oberoi

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