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Kathirikai Kara Curry | Spicy Brinjal Fry

Brinjal is one of my favorite vegetables! More than in curries, I like it roasted or in a simple stir fry. Brinjal is a low calorie vegetable and it's high in nutrients. Sadly I don't often get Indian brinjal in the markets, but whenever I see fresh ones, I pick up quite a few. I either make a simple roast with garlic or this spicy brinjal fry. I didn't know what to name this dish and since it's a spicy one, I felt kara curry is apt..!!!

Kathirikai kara curry is a spicy brinjal dish with freshly ground coconut, shallots, garlic and spices. The preparation of this dish does not take much time and is quite easy to make for beginners and bachelors. This can be served as a side dish to rice and sambar or rasam. It goes well with curd rice, variety rice and even chapathi too. Try this spicy kathirikai fry and let me know how you like it.


{ Spicy brinjal fry with freshly ground coconut, chilly, shallots and spices }
Serves 2-3


3 long brinjal / kathirikai
½ tsp tamarind paste / marble-size tamarind
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp sambar powder
Salt to taste

To grind:
3 tbsp grated coconut
4-5 dry red chillies
4 shallots / chinna vengayam
2 garlic cloves
½ tsp fennel seeds / sombu
¼ tsp coriander seeds

For tempering:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
Pinch of asafoetida / hing
Few curry leaves


1. Halve the brinjal and cut then into ¼ inch thick slices. Dissolve the tamarind in 2 tbsp water and set aside.

2. Grind coconut, red chillies, shallots, garlic, fennel and coriander seeds to a coarse mixture without adding any water. 

3. In a large pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add urad dal, asafoetida, curry leaves and fry till dal turns golden.

4. Add the brinjal and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric powder, tamarind water and salt. Cook in low flame until brinjal is tender, stirring in between.

5. Add the ground masala, sambar powder and toss until masala is well coated. Fry in medium flame for 6-8 minutes until masala is cooked.

Serving Suggestion ~ Rice and sambar or rasam, curd rice or variety rice.

Notes and Tips
  • The brinjal should be just cooked enough and hold shape, it should not turn mushy.
  • Adjust red chillies according to you spice level.
  • You can also use round purple or green brinjals.
  • Fennel adds a nice flavor to the masala, do not skip it.


  1. looks so tempting and flavourful........

  2. Lovely brinjal fry..looks very delicious and tempting.

  3. Love the flavors... unfortunately I don't have a gang who likes brinjals...

  4. looks yum! perfect masala! love it!

  5. Brinjal curry looks delicious.Have to make this for my dearies.Book marking it sona.

  6. Lovely clicks.. Beautiful brinjal curry dear

  7. Wow....drooling over this brinjal curry...... Nice props and clicks.... :)

  8. Love brinjal fry with curd rice...looks so tempting....cute kadai ...

  9. Each piece of brinjal looks like gem arranged loveeed it Sona. The masala also is different with fennel and coconut sounds really yummm.

  10. Interesting ur clicks dear

  11. Brinjal curry looks mouthwatering and flavorful.. Nice clicks :)

  12. Delicious brinjal fry, love the flavors. I could have this with curd rice, so yummy.

  13. Wow.... it looks awesome :) mouthwatering recipe

  14. Delicious and mouthwatering brinjal curry.. Love your pics Sona..

  15. such a crsip pic, baingan looks so alive:)
    Would love to have this curry one day

  16. Yummy fry!! comforting meal with rice and rasam!!

  17. Love brinjal.. Your pic make me drool

  18. am not a big fan of this veggie,but this looks tempting :)

  19. Delicious kathrikkai curry, looks so inviting. Yummy pics.

  20. i am an eggplant lover, have to try this, with roti and dal.

  21. Love this preparation.. :)


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