Baby Brinjals In Tangy Sauce -Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu

My better half detests brinjals like there s no tomorrow. That said and done, he loves this particular Kuzhambu to pieces. Why, this is my favorite too. Oh to pour that tangy sauce onto hot steaming rice and a ladle full of sesame oil and gulp it down is bliss that is beyond words. Well its not like i m making this the first time. I ve probably made this on so many sundays for lunch that i ve nicknamed it the sunday kuzhambu.

The reason why i dint post the recipe was that i dint have decent pictures. But i think i ve done a fair job pinching the shutterbugs today. Make this for lunch tomorrow or why wait that long! Make it today for dinner to dip rotis in them and you wont regret the decision at all. Now, lets jump into some unadulterated eggplant bliss, shall we?

Prep Time: Under 20 mins
Cook Time: Under 20 mins
Serves 4
( This recipe has so many versions typical to that of south indian cuisine. I make a coconut less version of this too but nothing beats the flavor of dry coconut in this kuzhambu. This tastes best when eaten the next day. And never attempt this recipe without any other oil other than sesame oil.)

What You Need?
Baby brinjals 10
Tamarind extract 2 cups from tamarind the size of a lemon
Sesame oil 1/2 cup
Jaggery grated 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Spice Powder:
Dhania or coriander seeds 3 tbsp
Channa dal or bengal gram 2 tbsp
Urad dal 1 tbsp
Kopra or dry coconut grated 4 tbsp
Dry red chilies 12
Hing a large pinch
Fenugreek seeds or methi 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Sesame oil 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a sprig 
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Hing a small pinch
Sesame oil 2 tsp
How To Make It?
In a pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil and roast all the ingredients for the spice powder except the dry coconut. Allow it to cool. Blend to a not so coarse not so fine powder in a blender. Set aside.
Keeping the stalks intact, make a criss cross on the top of the brinjals carefully taking care not to halve them completely. The idea is to make the stuffing stay inside.
Now, stuff about 2 tsp of stuffing into each of the brinjals in the cut made. Set aside. You will have some of that spice powder left. Save it cos we are going to use it later.
Heat the 1/2 cup oil in a pan.
Drop the stuffed brinjals gently one by one and cook them until tender on medium low flame. Turn them gently so that they cook on all sides. Takes about 4 to 5 mins.
Once done, add the rest of the spice powder and mix gently.
Now add the tamarind extract, 1/2 cup of water, the grated jaggery and salt and mix well.
Let it simmer until oil separates from the mixture.
Once done, temper with curry leaves, mustard seeds and hing.
Serve hot with steamed rice and poppadoms. 


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