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Eggplant Poriyal served in a square bowl
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Kathirikkai Podi Curry | Eggplant Poriyal

Eggplant Poriyal is sort of similar to stuffed eggplants, except the stuffing is not inside, but as a coating. Also this spice powder is very different and I got the idea to make it from Meenakshi Ammal. It takes just 20 minutes to make the curry and it is so delicious. I loved it with curd rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Curry, Quick and Easy Recipe, Side Dish, south indian recipe
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 553kcal


  • bowl
  • spatula
  • pan


  • 15 Eggplant small ones
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • few Curry leaves
  • ⅛th teaspoon Asafetida
  • to taste Salt

To roast and grind –

  • 1 tablespoon Kadalai paruppu / channa dal
  • 1 tablespoon Dhania / whole coriander
  • 55 Red chilies
  • 2 tablespoon Desiccated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon Oil


  • Wash and slice the eggplants into thin slices. Keep the sliced eggplants immersed in water until ready to cook.
  • Roast the ingredients mentioned to a reddish brown color and then grind it into a smooth powder.
  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the turmeric powder, asafetida and curry leaves. Fry for about 10 seconds and then add the sliced eggplants. Make sure that you drain the vegetable well before adding as excess water could make the curry mushy.
  • Let it fry in open pan (without covering the pan) for about 5 minutes. Now add salt and briefly cover the pan to cook the vegetable. Make sure that you could it only until done and not mushy. If the eggplants are tender, you might not even need to cover the pan.
  • Once the vegetable is ¾th cooked, add the ground spice powder and mix it gently. Cook further until it is roasted and then take off the flame.
  • Serve Eggplant Poriyal with hot rice and rasam!


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 4088mg | Fiber: 55g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 2223IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 5mg