How to make Ennai Kathirika (Brinjal) masala

This recipe is contributed by Member Uma Santhosh.

Main Ingredients : Small brinjals (छोटे बैंगन), Raw peanuts (कच्ची मूंगफली)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Ennai Kathirika (Brinjal) masala Recipe Card

Ennai Kathirika (Brinjal) masala

Hindi: baingan
Also called by names like aubergine and eggplant, this purple hued fleshy vegetable is a versatile thing and fun to cook with. Dish-up a very traditional bharta with it, bake a lasagna with parmesan and eggplant or just fry it for a great accompaniment with dal-chawal, brinjal is versatile. To choose one without seeds, pick the lighter one with a smooth shiny skin.

For more recipes related to Ennai Kathirika (Brinjal) masala checkout Vankaya Perugesi, Andhra Mashed Brinjal. You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Stuffed Karela, Tamatar Chaman, Aloo Pyaaz Tamatar, Turkish Vegetables With Hazelnuts.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Ennai Kathirika (Brinjal) masala Recipe

  • Small brinjals cut 8-10

  • Raw peanuts 2 tablespoons

  • Poppy seeds 1 teaspoon

  • White sesame seeds (til) 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methidana) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Shallots peeled 15

  • Tomato roughly chopped 1 medium

  • Garlic cloves 6

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 5

  • Peppercorns 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 3/4 teaspoon

  • Tamrind pulp 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Dry roast groundnuts, cumin seeds, khuskhus, sesame seeds, fenugreek seeds to a golden brown colour and grind them with onions, tomatoes and garlic without adding water.

Step 2

Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and mix well.

Step 3

Add salt and ground masala to this and mix well. Keep them covered for half an hour.

Step 4

Heat the oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the green chillies and the peppercorns and fry for two minutes.

Step 5

Add the brinjal, with masasla and cook on medium flame until oil surfaces.

Step 6

Add tamarind extract to the brinjal and cook till brinjals are tender.

Step 7

Serve hot with rotis or Biryani.