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Ennai Kathikkai

Ennai Kathikkai is a delicious South Indian/Tamilian dish made with baby eggplants/ aubergines. It is a tangy and spicy gravy that can be served wit rice. Earlier I have tried the dry stuffed version. The gravy is somewhat similar to the Kerala eggplant theeyal with onions,coconut and tamarind . The baby egg plants are first fried before adding to the sauce

Recipe source- Vahchef inYoutube
Baby eggplants- 8-10
Onion -1 large
Tomatoes- 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste-  2 tsp
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1 1/3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- a pinch
Coriander Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- 1 small ball (gooseberry size)
Jaggery powdered- 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Gingerly oil- 1 tbs
Oil for frying egg plants

To make the masala- Heat 2 tbs of oil (any regular oil) and add roughly chopped onions and saute till it changes color. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute till  the raw flavor disappears. Add coconut and saute till the coconut changes to golden brown. Add chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and finally the tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes soft. Allow to cool and grind to a fine paste.

Soak tamarind in half cup of water and keep aside.

Wash and dry the baby eggplants. Make 2 slits all the way to the top of the eggplant, but make sure it remains intact and fry in oil for about 4-5 minutes in medium heat. Drain and keep aside.

In a heavy bottom pan heat gingerly oil and add mustard seeds and urad dal. When the mustard seeds crackle add dry red chilly. Pour the gravy onion tomato paste and cook for 3 minute in medium flame or till oil separates. Add thick tamarind pulp, pinch of fenugreek powder, jaggery and salt and simmer for one more minute ( add more water to adjust consistency). Finally add fried eggplants and simmer for two more minutes. Serve with rice.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. Ennai Kathirikkai is my all time favorite.. Looks super delicious :)

  2. Ennai Kathrikkai looks delicious. Adipoli,

  3. Inviting and delicious looking eggplant curry. Lovely to look at. Must have tasted delicious as well.

  4. deliciously flavoured looks wonderful

  5. Makes me drool chechi :) looks super yum

  6. looks really delicious... look at the color of the gravy...

  7. My all time fav to have this any time...

  8. Fabulous eggplant curry. Tempting and luscious!

  9. My absolute favorite dish.. looks so tempting and delicious.. :)

  10. Nice dish for rice. love it with some pickle by the side

  11. Ennai kathirikkai looks FAB :) Drooling over it :)


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