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Kathirikkai Kaara Kuzhambu – Brinjal Kaara Kuzhambu

Kathirikkai Kaara Kuzhambu is a spicy, tangy and delicious dish which accompany well with hot rice. This Brinjal Kaara Kuzhambu uses vinegar which is not quite often used in Indian Cooking.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Lunch Recipes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 173kcal


  • pan


  • 3 cups Kathirikkai/eggplant/brinjal Chopped
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 3 Tomato chopped
  • 1 cup Thick tamarind water
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger Garlic paste
  • 3 Green chilies
  • 2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon Dhania/coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp. Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Vinegar
  • Salt – to taste
  • Few Karuvepillai/curry leaves


  • 1 teaspoon Menthiyam/fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Ellu/white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Jeeragam/cumin seeds


  • 1 teaspoon Kadugu/mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Menthiyam/fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Jeeragam/cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper corns/milagu


  • Soak a large lemon size ball of tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the extract and keep aside.
  • Fry the ingredients mentioned (menthiyam, jeeragam, and sesame) together and grind it into powder once cooled.
  • Heat a saucepan and add oil. Once the oil heats add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the chopped onions along with turmeric powder and sauté for about 5 mins. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes more.
  • Next, add the chopped eggplant and sauté for about 5 mins or until slightly softened.
  • Next add the tomatoes, green chilies, dhania powder, chili powder, and salt. Mix everything well and fry for 5 more minutes.
  • Now add the tamarind extract and vinegar. If the kuzhambu appears too thick, add about ½ cup of water and let it boil. Add the curry leaves too at this stage.
  • Let the mixture boil for about 15 minutes or until the raw smell goes. Now add the ground powder and let it come to boil once.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot with rice.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 719IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg