Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu

A popular spicy and tangy gravy that is made with Brinjal (egg plant) and served with hot rice. Check out this garlic brinjal puzhi kuzhambu also.

Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: KuzhambuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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A popular spicy and tangy gravy that is made with Brinjal (egg plant) and served with hot rice.


  • Brinjals small – 5 to 6 Nos

  • Tamarind – a lemon size

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Mustard 1/4 tsp

  • Toor dal 3 tsp

  • Chana dal 1/4 tsp

  • Urad dal 1/2 tsp

  • Fenugreek 1/2 tsp

  • Red Chillies – 4 Nos

  • curry leaves a few

  • Sambar Powder – 1 tablespoon

  • Gingelly Oil – 4 tablespoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Soak tamarind and salt in 1 1/2 cup water. Take out the tamarind juice.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a kadai and add fenugreek seeds. When they turn brown add red chillies, toor dal, chana dal, asafoetida and urad dal and fry. Cool it and grind them into powder along with little salt.
  • Slit the brinjals into four keeping the bottom in tact. Stuff the ground powder into the brinjals.
  • Heat remaining oil in a frying pan and when it is hot add mustard seeds. When it pops up add curry leaves and the brinjals. Reduce the heat and close with lid.
  • After few minutes, add the tamarind water, turmeric powder and sambar powder.
  • Close with lid and allow to boil. Reduce the heat and cook till the kuzhambu thicken.


  1. vow!simple tamilnadu items. but gud guide fr beginnersbeautiful site. i want all food

    • Hi Nirmala,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. For beginners, they can first try some simple poriyal recipes. Kootu varieties also do not require any expertise to prepare. Please try and let me know your feed back.

  2. ur brinajal kara kozhombu seems to be simple and tasty. but u hav not added garlic et all. so i must try this kind and see.

  3. I tried this recipe and it was fantastic. I like this site for three reasons:
    1. All of them are typical south indian
    2. Many recipes do not have onion or garlic in it
    3. My mother’s name is Kamalam

  4. Thank you very much for offering it to the readers. Great effort and Great Work.

  5. Hello mam i made ur ennai katirikai kulambu for 1st time bt the kulambu s tasting very sour due to tamirand water wt can i do to avoid sour taste

  6. Hi, I tried most of ur recipes…. everything turned out awesome… u r the Saviour of my kitchen… please keep on ur good work… thank u

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