Kathirikkai Kaara Kulambhu/Kuzhambhu - Version 2

Kaara Kulambhu or Puli Kulambhu is our family's favorite and I make weekly once for our lunch.Last week I got lot of eggplants from my home garden and I wanted to make kaara kulambhu,noted from a T.V show.The recipe sounds simple but the  highlight of the recipe is the use of freshly ground masala paste.Here I used the long variety eggplant but the original recipe is with the baby eggplants.

                                           Kathirikkai Kaara Kulambhu/Kuzhambhu             

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4


a small lemon size
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/2 tsp
Small round eggplants/kathirikkai
3-4 (sliced)
Shallots/chinna vengayam
10 (cut into 2)
4 tbs
Curry leaves/karivepillai few leaves
1.25 tsp or to taste

   To roast and grind

Dried red chilly/varmilagai
Coriander seeds/dhaniya
2 tbs
3 tbs
Curry leaves(optional)
few leaves

   For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
a pinch
Red chilly/varamilagai(broken)
Asafoetia/perungayama pinch

  • Soak the tamarind in hot water and squeeze it well,extract the juice.Pass it through the strainer to remove the debris.Keep it aside.
  • In a  pan dry roast the red chilly,coriander seeds and coconut till a nice aroma comes out.put off the flame.After cooling grind it to a thick paste and set it aside.
  • In the same pan heat a tsp of oil and fry the sliced eggplants/brinjal till it becomes tender.Heat a pan with the remaining oil and do the tempering with given ingredients.Add the broken red chill and curry leaves,asafoetida.To this add the ground paste and fry it for couple of minutes.
  • Add the tamarind water,turmeric powder and salt.Add around a cup of water and let it boil for 5-7 minutes.At this stage add the fried eggplants and let it boil for another 3-4 minutes in a medium flame.Simmer it for another 2-3 minutes or till the oil floats on the top.Put off the flame and add few more curry leaves.
  • Serve it with rice along with some poriyal or kottu


This recipe is off  to Cook Book Challenge for July,Week#5.


This looks yummy Nalini! I'm sure the garden fresh Brinjal would have made it taste even more awesome

This looks yummy Nalini! I'm sure the garden fresh Brinjal would have made it taste even more awesome

This kara kuzhambu looks super delicious! Just by seeing the pictures it self my mouth started to water.. Please pass that bowl to me, Nalini ;)

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