Kathrikai Kadaiyal – Mashed brinjal curry

Kathrikai kadaiyal – a curry made with mashed brinjal and tomatoes. Tomatoes and tamarind are added to give sourness to the dish. At our home, we usually make this as a side dish for rice, when making mutton curry, chicken curry or egg curry. These are the best combination for this dish.

Lets see how to cook it.

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Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 35 mins

Serves : 3


Brinjal – 7 (I used purple brinjals)

Tomato -2(medium sized,chopped)

Green chillies – 5

Salt to taste

Tamarind – a small piece

For Tempering

Gingelly Oil – 1.5 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

urad dal – 1 tsp

Onion – 1 (thinly sliced)

Dried red chilli -1

Curry leaves – a sprig


1.Soak tamarind in water for about 15 minutes and extract the pulp,discard the seeds . Chop brinjal into cubes,also chop tomatoes and keep them ready. In a pot or pan add the chopped brinjals,tomatoes and break the green chillies into 2 and add it to the pot. Add water into it. Place the pot on stove and switch on the flame. Allow it to cook until the veggies get mashed well.

Once they are done, add the tamarind extract as required as we have added tomato already. Add some salt.

2. Heat oil in a pan or pot. When its hot, add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Then add urad dal. Saute them to golden. Add sliced onions, dried red chilli pieces, curry leaves, a little salt. Saute till the onions turn golden. Add the cooked brinjal into it, mix well and allow it to cook for 3 to 4 minutes in low flame.

Kathrikai Kadaiyal is ready.

Serve with Rice and Mutton curry , chicken curry or egg curry .

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