Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kathrikkai Podi Curry




Here is yet another recipe that serves as a great side dish for Molagootal. From this, my love for Molagootal is so evident.

After coming to Amsterdam, cooking Palakkad food, has been restricted to weekends and Molagootal finds its way on the menu on a one of the days, for sure. Back in India, Molagootal would be on the menu 3 times in a week. I know, now you must be wondering if this is a post on Molagootal, I am coming to that. Since Molagootal is a mild lentil and vegetable based stew, it is usually paired with something spicy and tangy, like Pachadi, Thogayl, etc.

This Kathrikkai podi curry is also one such side, that goes beautifully with Molagootal. And I make is very often as brinjal is my younger one’s favourite vegetable. You can pair this up even with rotis, but make sure you have dal alongside as this is a dry dish.



What you’ll need
  1. Small Purple Brinjal – 6 to 7
  2. Tamarind – marble sized ball
  3. Jaggery – ½ tsp (optional)
  4. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  5. Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Curry Leaves – few Sprigs

To Roast and Grind
  1. Channa Dal/Kadala Paruppu – 1 tbsp
  2. Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp
  3. Dry Red Chilly – 1 or 2 (Adjust according to taste)

To Temper
  1. Oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp

Method
  1. Soak the tamarind in very little hot water for 10 mins. Take a thick extract and keep aside.
  2. Heat a Kadai, and dry roast all the ingredients mentioned under “To Roast and Grind”. Always, add Channa dal first, when its half done, then add the coriander seeds and red chillies. This will prevent burning of coriander seeds.
  3. Cool and grind to a powder.
  4. Wash and slice the brinjals lengthwise. The pieces should be medium sized not too thick not too thin.
  5. Heat a Kadai with oil and temper with mustard seeds, once it splutters add the asafoetida and curry leaves.
  6. Then add the sliced brinjals, turmeric powder, and salt to taste.
  7. Stir well, cover and cook on medium flame for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir once in a while for even cooking. Do not add any water while cooking, else brinjals will turn mushy.
  8. Once the brinjal is cooked, roast for another 5 minutes in open kadai, so that the brinjal pieces are roasted well. Take care not to burn the pieces.
  9. Now add the thick tamarind extract, and jaggery. Mix carefully without mashing the pieces.
  10. Cook uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes or until the tamarind extract has become dry.
  11. Now add the prepared spice powder and mix carefully.
  12. Cook for another minute and remove from flame.



Serve along with rice, Molagootal or with roti and dal.

Note:
  1. Do not add water while cooking the brinjals.
  2. While stirring the curry, do it carefully so as not to mash the pieces as brinjal pieces will be delicate once cooked.
  3. Adding tamarind gives a nice tang, and personally recommend it. But if you want to serve it as a side for Sambar, then you may omit the tamarind.

19 comments:

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Very flavorful and yummy brinjal curry.

Radhika Subramanian said...

Lovely snaps Kaveri and mouthwatering podicurry. love to have it with rasam rice.

Anu Anand said...

Always flavorful,great combo with rasam

Rafeeda AR said...

looks really yum...

Tamilarasi Sasikumar said...

Yummy side... looks so nice...

Veena Theagarajan said...

I love birnjal.. but my kids are not so I get to do these dishes very seldom.. you r tempting me ..

Gayathri Ramanan said...

this dish is very new to me...but looks so yummy and tempting..will try this dish next time...

Usha R said...

Delicious :)

Shanthi said...

Very interesting recipe..awesome...

Maha Gadde said...

Iam not a big fan of brinjal but this Luks yummy n I think goes well vth rotis..

Aruna Manikandan said...

flavorful and delicious curry :)

Sona S said...

This is one of my favorite preparations with brinjal. You said it right, its yummy with molagootal. You have made it beautifully, lovely clicks too.

nandoos Kitchen said...

Looking delicious.

Raks anand said...

Gosh, I can die for it, looks so very tempting :)

sripriya vidhyashankar said...

Kathirikkai podi curry looks perfect dear.. My hubby's fav curry..

Rumana Ambrin said...

Wow!!! so so delicious curry..

Swathi Iyer said...

Kathrikai podi curry looks delicious, I make my idly powder.

Manjula Bharath said...

wow thats an flavorful and yummy podi curry :) looks so inviting!!

Nagashree said...

I love this dry curry with brinjal, my MIL makes it very often.

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