- Brinjal – Medium size 3
- Sambar Onion – 10
- Big Onion – ½
- Tomato – 1
- Coconut gratings – 1 tablespoon
- Tamarind – small lemon size
- Sambar Powder – 1 heaped tablespoon
- Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
- Gingelly Oil – 2 tablespoon
- Mustard – ½ teaspoon
- Fenugreek – ½ teaspoon
- Red Chillies – 2
- Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 tablespoon
- Curry leaves – few
- Salt – 2 teaspoon or as per taste
The Brinjal Kara Kuzhambu goes well with rice as a main dish.
- Soak tamarind and salt in water. Squeeze out the juice, add water and make 3 cups of tamarind water.
- Cut the brinjal into medium size pieces. Cut the tomato into four pieces. Cut the big onion lengthwise.
- Cut the sambar onion into two.
- In a kadai put one teaspoon oil and add big onion pieces and fry till it turns transparent. Add tomato pieces and fry till the tomatos mashed well. Add coconut gratings and sambar powder and fry for two minutes. Remove and cool it. When it is cooled, grind to a fine paste.
- Put the remaining oil in the kadai. When it is hot add mustard. When it pops up, add bengal gram dhal, red chillies broken into pieces, curry leaves. Then add fenugreek and fry till it turns light brown. Add cut sambar onions and fry well. Then add brinjal pieces and fry for two to three minutes. Add tamarind water along with turmeric powder.
- Bring to boil. Reduce the heat and cook till the brinjal is soft. Now add the ground paste along with a cup of water and stir well. Allow to cook in reduced heat for three to five minutes.
Tips: After grinding the coconut and tomato, you can wash the mixie with a cup of water and add that to the paste and make it semi liquid. If you add this liquid, it will blend with the kuzhambu well.
Note: You can also prepare this Kuzhambu with drumstick, green banana, or in combination of brinjal, Drumstick, broad beans.