Thursday, April 8, 2010

Masala Eggplant (Kathirikkai Fry)

April 8th 2010

This is a simple and easy side dish that can be eaten along with any south Indian soup - sambar, rasam and the like. Since this is spicy, it goes especially well with the bland molakutal ( lentil vegetable soup) or morkootan (yogurt based curry) that are Keralite dishes. That is a post for another day.

Difficulty level : Easy 

Time:  under 30 min

  • 8-10 small eggplant (indian brinjal) 
  • curry powder ( 1 tbsp)
  • chilly powder ( 2 tsp)
  • sambar powder ( 1-2 tbsp)
  • turmeric powder ( a pinch)
  • oil
  • mustard ( 1 tbsp)
  • urad and chana dal ( 1 tbsp each)
  • curry leaves ( a few)
  • salt ( to taste)
Method de Preparation
  1. Cut brinjal into pieces, you can chop each brinjal into two and each piece into 2 or 3 pieces max, about the size of a potato wedge. Don't make them fine or they will be mushy, make it too big and they won't get cooked.
  2. Take a large microwave bowl, add all the powders (2-5) and a little bit of salt and then add the cut eggplant and mix it well, such that they cover the vegetable.
  3. Microwave for about 12-15 min , in 2 min intervals, mixing well and making sure the brinjal becomes soft at the end. If needed cook some more, microwave oven powers may vary.
  4. Take oil in a pan, add the mustard and when it splutters, the urad and chana dal, and finally the curry leaves.
  5. Once the dals brown a bit, add the brinjal and sauté for some time ( about 4-5 min).
  6. Turn off gas when done and serve hot.
Variations:   You can sauté onions too before you add the brinjal to get a version for chappati. 



Viji said...

looks delicious...

Lavanya said...

I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out well and it was very different too! We liked it... This recipe makes Eggplant retain its shape.

Anonymous said...

I like this vegetable a lot, I tried yur recipe, it turned out tasty. In fact I like the microwavee idea...for all reasons, I think it cooks faster that way rather than pan fry t cook.

Anu Karthik said...

@ viji: thanks! do we know each other?
@ lava: thanks, glad you guys liked it.
@ anonymous: thanks for leaving a note. i agree that the microwave is a great help in the kitchen. may I have a name?

Prea Peter said...

hey I came looking for a chana dal recipe and steered here coz I loove eggplant too. Will share an easy peezy recipe I concocted myself, its yummo, even if I say so myself!

Anu Karthik said...

@ prea: please to share and I will test it for you!

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