Kathirikkai Mochai Curry/Eggplant and Field Beans Curry

After a break I am back to blogging,hope all are doing good. Had a wonderful and hectic vacation in India for couple of months.After coming back to the nest some of my personal work and health issues kept me away from blogging.Slowly getting back to the routine and started cooking and clicking simple dishes for blogging.
After 4 months of break,again I am joining Blogging Marathon event and this is the 57th edition,starting the first week.For this week I chose,side dishes for roti/rice.
Coming to the recipe it is a very easy and delicious semi dry dish made with egg plant and dried field beans aka mochai.Again this recipe I noted down from my sister's recipe collection and made it with my own home grown eggplants.Yes the eggplants used here are  organic home grown with no fertilizer and pesticides.These eggplants are white color variety and tastes so yum.In the original recipe fresh mochai is used but here I used the dried variety which I soaked overnight and cooked.Lets move on to the recipe..........................

                                                              Kathirikkai Mochai Curry

    Basic Information
    Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
    Soaking time ~ 8 hours
    Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
    Serves ~  2-3


Eggplant/brinjal/kathirikkai4-5 medium size
Dried field beans/mochai1/4 cup
Onion(finely chopped)2 small size
Garlic/poondu(chopped)4-5 fat cloves
Tomato(finely chopped)1 medium size
Sambar powder2 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1/4-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves/kothamalli1 tbs(chopped)
Oil11/2 tbs
Fennel seeds/sombu1/2 tsp


  • Soak the field beans in the water for atleast 8 hours and pressure cook it for 2 whistles with water and pinch of salt in a medium flame.After the pressure subsides,drain the excess water and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil and splutter the fennel seeds,add in the curry leaves and  chopped onion along with a pinch of salt.Fry it for a minute then add in the chopped garlic and fry it for another couple of minutes or till the onion becomes transparent. Add in the chopped tomato and cook it till mushy.
  • Now add in the chopped eggplant cubes and saute it till the eggplant changes the color.At this stage add in the spice powders and salt,give it a mix.Sprinkle around 1/4 cup of water and cook it covered in a medium flame till the eggplants get tender.
  • Once the eggplants cooked add in the cooked field beans and mix it well.Simmer it for couple of minutes and stir in in between. Finally sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.Mix it well.
  • Serve it with rice or roti.

  • The amount of chilly powder can be used according to personal preference.
  • If you are using the small round eggplant then slice it lengthwise.
  • A tsp of ginger&garlic paste can also be used.


Check out my fellow blogger participating in Blogging Marathon #57.


Good to have you back Nalini, it was good to meet you again..and your pictures are so lovely!..what a lovely colour co ordination!

This looks lovely....now I don't have to stare at that mochai in my pantry not knowing what to do!

Welcome back Nalini! I have not cooked with white eggplant & the curry looks delicious.

The curry sounds so delicious.You are back with stunning clicks.Lovely

I am not a big fan of mochai, but this combo looks very inviting. Between, love your saute pan.

Four months is a long break. It is good to see you back again.

It is a good way of adding prteins to the curry.yummy curry

Good to see you back with a lovely dish with beautiful clicks ..have been missing you Nalini.

Happy to see u back Nalini, curry looks fabulous, can happily have with some rice anytime.

Looks and sounds yum. Good to have you back.

What a yummy looking eggplant and beans curry that too with homegrown veggies.

nice to have you blogging with us again - this looks delicious

Good to see you resume blogging. A good one to start off too :)

kathirikaai and mochai..classic and yum combo ..looks delicious..

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