Kondakadalai Kathirikai Kaara Kuzhambu/Black Channa and Brinjal in Spicy Tangy Gravy

This is a very popular spicy and tangy kuzhambhu with lentils and other spices which popular in our households.Today I made it with brinjal/eggplant and black channa.It goes very well with rice and doesn't need any special side dish,papad is the best combo.This kuzhambu tastes even better the next day and can be stored in the refrigerator for two days.Here is the recipe.....


Onion(chopped)2nos(medium size)
Garlic10-15 cloves
Tomato2nos.(medium size)
Sambhar powder1tsp
Chilly powder1/2tsp
Coriander powder1tsp
Turmeric powder1/2tsp
Coconut paste4tbs
Tamarind paste1tbs diluted with 1 cup of water
Sesame oil2tbs
Saltto taste

For the seasoning

Kuzhambu vadagam11/2tsp
Curry leaves1sprig


                   Keep a pan with oil in a medium flame and fry the vadagam and curry leaves then add the onion,saute it for a minute follows the garlic.Fry it till both onion and garlic get slightly transparent.Add the tomato,salt and cook it soft.
Add the brinjals and fry it for a minute then add all the powders and give it a mix.Now add the tamarind water and allow to cook till the raw smell goes away.
Once it becomes thick add the coconut paste and cook it for 2-3 minutes and finally add the cooked black channa and cook it for one boil.
Spicy and tangy kara kuzhambu is ready.
  • Kuzhambu vadagam can be substituted with a tsp of mustard seeds and1/4tsp of fenugreek seeds.
  • Instead of sambhar powder 1/2tsp of chilly powder and 1/2tsp of coriander powder can be used.But adding sambhar powder gives a nice flavor and taste to the kuzhambu.
  • Adding coconut paste is important,it balances the spicy and sour taste of the spices used.

Linking this to Dish it out -Brinjal and Garlic event hosted by Sangeetha of Spicy Treats.


Totally YUMMY


Oh god!! my mouth is watering... it looks so delicious...

Wow!,Luks truly tempting.Thick n tasty Kondakadalai Combo Karakuzhambu Dear.

Looks really mouth watering and delicious!! :)

super tempting curry...didnt ever think of this combo

Wow.......very new combo for me.......since I luv chana wll try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

Same pinch Nalini, Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting,fingerlicking kuzhambu.

nice spicy and tangy looking kuzhambu,my fav combo...your pictures make me drool...lovely preparation!!
Thank you so much for linking this yummy recipe to the event..

Kondakadalai and kathirikka makes a perfect combination. It is my mom's signature dish. But she prepared exactly in the same way without coconut milk. Love it absolutely.

Kulambu looks amazing..Love to have with white rice :)

mmm.... simply delicious... irresistible

Looks so delicious and what a classic combo! Nice recipe nalini

Kathirikkai Kuzhambu and appalam on a rainy day, what a wonderful and yummy combo..

Drooling here...Nice combo of brinjals and channa.

yummy combo....looks tempting and delicious.

I love always black channa. looks very nice.

i love the step by step process .. thanks for sharing

my fav combo of kondakadalai and kathirikai kaara kulmabu..i am drooling

super delicious curry, perfect with hot white rice..

kuzhambu looks delicious! :P :P

Never combined these two....looks delectable....

That looks tangy, spicy and delicious - mouth watering dish dear!

such a perfect curry...!!!!!!I Must try this ..

This is first for me. Also the combination of black chickpeas/ karutha kadala and brinjal. I see that you have mentioned Kuzhambu Vadagam; I take it that it is a paste? Have you posted about it? If you use a home-made one, please do post the recipe. Would appreciate it! Thanks Nalini.

This looks inviting and mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

Wonderful Recipe. Pretty much ideal .. Thanks for sharing...
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Looks good..loved the recipe...

Priya Ganesh.

Hi nalini, tried this today.. Came out well. Thx for d recipe...

Hi, Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, i like chana masala very much but i'm not that efficient in cooking so i usually look for a easy way out, so i used your recipe and ORCO Organic Chana Masala to get that extra goodness and taste out of it.
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