Kathirikkai Podi Curry/Eggplant Curry with Freshly ground spice powder

Today's recipe is a flavorful eggplant curry which I make it often with freshly ground masala powder.This curry is served an accompaniment for sambhar rice,rasam rice,dhal  and curd rice or rotis.
It can also me made with sambhar powder in a hurry but the freshly ground masala is an added flavor.We enjoyed this curry for our lunch along with spinach sambhar.Now off to the recipe....................


Small round eggplants/kathirikkai10nos.
Onion1no.(medium size)
Curry leaves1sprig
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/2tsp
Saltas needed

To roast and grind 

Red Chilly/varamilagai4-5nos.
Coriander seeds/varakothamalli2tsp
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu2tsp
Sesame seeds/vellai ellu1tsp

For the tempering 

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal1tsp
Channa dhal11/2tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch


               Dry roast the ingredients except sesame seeds in a medium flame till the aroma comes out and the dhal turns out golden.Now add the sesame seeds,turn off the flame and roast it.Cool and grind it in a blender to bit coarse powder.Slice the eggplants lengthwise into 4 or 6 pieces depending on the size and put it in water to prevent browning.keep aside.
Heat a pan with oil and add the mustard seeds,once it crackle add the urad dhal and channa dhal and fry it till golden.Now add the asafoetida and saute the chopped onion with curry leaves to transparent.
Add the sliced eggplants,turmeric powder and toss it well till everything gets blend,add the salt and mix it well and cook it covered in a medium flame for 5 minutes.
Once the eggplants get cooked add the ground spice powder and mix it well.Keep it uncovered in a low flame for 2-3 minutes.
Podi curry is ready,serve it rice or roti.

  • Do not cook the eggplants for a long time otherwise it will turn mushy and no need to add water for cooking the eggplants.That also make the curry mushy.
  • After adding the spice powder,if the curry is too dry the add 2tsp of oil and cook it.
  • Adding the onion is also purely optional and this curry can be made without onion also.
  • A tbs of fresh grated coconut can be added along with the spice powder for an extra flavor and taste.
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Wow....what a flavorful & tempting eggplant curry. Feeling hungry now. Super delicious and mouthwatering.
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very flavorful.. perfect for sambar rice..

What a yummy looking brinjal curry with podi..very nicely presented and beautiful picture..makes is so tempting..

super yummy brinjal roast, i too love this podi to any veg fry-particularly with brinjal it gives nice flavor n taste rt? looks very tempting...nice clicks too!!
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Curry looks so inviting. I love this type of side dishes so much....

spice powder looks yummy, but I hate eggplant

mouthwatering...cant wait to try

So flavourful curry, I love it with peanuts. Looks tempting and delicious.

Hi Nalini ,

podi curry looks hot and spict!!!!


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Thank you Nalini ....

very delicious curry..I have a version in my drafts which I will post tomm..very similar one..ur look prettier

nice flavor n taste..very tempting!!!

Podi curry with curd rice, my all fav combo.. Yours looks super delicious,mouthwatering here.

Very tempting Nalini..love this with sambar!

kathirikai is tempting me....best combo with paruppu rice...

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Love your version ...looks delicious..We too make something very similar to this, except that I don't use peanuts and sesame for the powder and add a little bit of tamarind..

looks perfectly cooked and yummy..thanks for sharing this version of eggplant curry

Love this version Nalini. It is so packed with flavors.

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This is my favorite curry.Love to have this with rasam rice...

wow....awecome curry with podi...yum

I love this version Nalini.. Awesome.. Nice presentation


Eggplant is something I buy every time I go grocery shopping. Nice one.

Kathirikaai curry looks amazing! Great post dear!

I too make Kathrikkai podi curry but my podi recipe is little different I don't add peanuts will try next time.

Flavourful and yummy curry

Our version of curry powder is slightly different. Will try your spice powder next time.

My mom uses the same masala for eggplant barring sesame seeds I think. sounds flavorful. I should try with some other vegetable though!

Being an eggplant lover, any new version of cooking it is always welcome. Love the addition of peanut masala. I'm going to make this curry very soon.

Wow!!!!Curry looks very tempting...lovely pic

Very good recipe. I tried it and it came out very well. I added some bread crumbs to add to the taste

hello, I really like your recipes, Would you like to tell me what kind of lentils used in your recipes? Is it the white lentil or other?? Are white lentils and black lentils which are skinned and split both the same??

I made you eggplant recipe many times. Made it again today and I must say it's an excellent recipe. Thank you.

Hi! I got my mum to make this for lunch, and it was really tasty! Even my daughter, who normally dislikes brinjal, had this and said that she liked it:) Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

I just Love this Brinjal Curry recipe. it is very easy to make and quickly can make it. the way of your process is very interesting. keep more posts like this.

I like to make Brinjal Curry with different Vegetables. and you shared a a great aticle. thanks for that.

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