Kathirikai Karamani Curry

Kathrikai karamani curry is a South Indian dish made with brinjal (eggplant) and karamani (black-eyed peas). It is a flavorful and spicy curry that is typically served with rice or roti. 

Kathirikai Karamani Curry

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: KootuCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the delicious and spicy South Indian dish, Kathrikai Karamani Curry, made with brinjal and black-eyed peas. Perfect with rice or roti!


  • Brinjal – 7 to 8 Nos

  • Karamani (Cow Gram) – 1 cup

  • Big Onion -1

  • Big Tomato – 1

  • Sambar Powder – 2 to 3 teaspoons

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Any spice powder (masala-powder) – 1 to 2 teaspoons

  • Oil – 3 to 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida Powder – 2 pinches

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Soak Karamani (Cow Gram) in water for about 6 hours or overnight.
  • Chop onion and tomato finely.
  • Cut the brinjals into desired medium size pieces and put it in the water.
  • Wash well the soaked karamani and put it in a pressure cooker along with little salt. Add enough water to cover the karamani and cook it for 3 to 4 whistles.
  • In a kadai put one or two teaspoons of oil and add the brinjal pieces. Fry for few minutes and remove.
  • Same kadai add remaining oil and when it is hot, add mustard. When it starts pop up add urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Add chopped onion and fry for a while. Then add chopped tomatoes along with a pinch of salt and fry till it mashed well.
  • Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add fried brinjal pieces and cooked karamani and once again mix it well.
  • Sprinkle one or two handful of water and close with a lid.
  • Allow to cook on medium flame stirring now and then till it looks dry.
  • Finally add one or two teaspoons of any spice powder like Curry Powder, Curry Leaves Powder, Ellu podi (til powder), Idli chilli powder, etc. (I used Curry Leaves Powder)

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