Vazhuthananga Curry / Brinjal in a Tangy Coconut Milk Curry

Brinjal is not a favorite vegetable of mine. But this recipe proved there is a reason to love this and invite this vegetable for an occasional visit :). I am a great fan of Theeyal and all varuthu aracha curry.Theeyal is one of the , most famous preparation with Vazhuthananga/ Brinjal in Kerala.  But the sluggard me was in no mood to roast and grind the coocnut and spices, instead opted for a quick and easy one.  I added coconut milk and fried the spices along while sauteing onions and a touch of tamarind pulp too. How easy is that!!!
A curry which tastes almost similar to Theeyal is ready ! I said almost and not exactly like theeyal. Trust me , all curries with fried coconut paste have a wonderful flavor . But i tell you, this curry is a delicious keeper , to save you on a lazy/busy day for a comfy meal.

Ingredients:-
  • Brinjal / Eggplant - 3 ( i used 3 baby brinjals)
  • Small onion chopped - 1/4 cup
  • Green chili chopped - 1
  • Crushed garlic - 1 clove
  • Red chili powder - 1 tea spoon
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Tamarind Pulp - 1 tea spoon
  • Thin coconut milk - 1.5 cup
  • Curry leaves- handful
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tea spoon



Method:-
  • Clean and cut each baby brinjals into 6-8 pieces.
  • Dissolve tamarind pulp in 1/2 cup of water.
  • Heat 2 table spoons of oil in a pan and fry the brinjal pieces for 5-6 minutes, in two batches.
  • Remove, drain on kitchen towels and add mustard seeds to the same pan.
  • When they splutter add cumin seeds and fry for 30 seconds and add curry leaves.
  • Add chopped onion , crushed garlic and green chili and saute till raw smell disappears 5-6 minutes.
  • Add chili powder , coriander powder and turmeric powder and fry for a minute or two.
  • Slide in the fried brinjal pieces and combine well. 
  • Pour in thin coconut milk and dissolved tamarind pulp and cook it covered for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover it, throw in some more curry leaves and simmer for 2-3 minutes or till the gravy is thick
  • Serve warm

Notes:-
  • To make vazhuthanaga theeyal, Dry roast 1 cup of grated coconut and chopped onion for 5-6 minutes or until they are brown and switch off the heat. Add all the powders and let it get fried with the pan heat and grind it a very fine powder. Omit coconut milk and cook the brinjal in tamarind water and then add coconut paste and simmer it.
  • If you don't have tamarind pulp, use one big red tomato instead.
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Cheers
Sarah

46 comments:

Rookie Qookie said...

cool recipe dear..esp for ppl like me [Non-Veg addicts]who are a novice when it comes to Veg..

Cheers,
Reshmi

Suja Sugathan said...

Superb recipe Sarah..so yummy,kandittu kothiaavunnu..

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious curry one of our favourite well presented

freerangegirl said...

Love the recipe I've got some tamrind paste. To use up and this looks like the perfect way to so - sple but delicious thanks x

Rachana said...

Delicious curry and very well presented!

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

yum..love any recipes with coconut milk...

Angie's Recipes said...

This curry looks mouthwatering!

Swathi said...

Sarah,

Instant curry adipoli. Ennikum Theeyal ente ishtapetta vibvamanu.

Panchpakwan said...

Looks creamy and delicious brinjal curry..

Priya said...

Fingerlicking curry, very tempting..

Kairali sisters said...

Kidilan curry. brinjal is a fav of mine and this sounds yummy...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Umm, this should go so well with roti!

Mrs K said...

Excellent one,and so true-There are days even the best of us are looking for short cuts;) I can bet on the taste,coconut milk with tamarind can never go wrong and ofcourse the quintessential southern tempering...Hands down my favorite :)

Biny Anoop said...

A vey tempting curry.ur clicks are awesome...
Biny

aipi said...

Such a delicious looking eggplant dish..loving all the ingredients you used!

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swapna said...

love anything that have coconut...looks delicious!!

An Open Book said...

im not a big brinjal fan at all...but ur recipe looks interesting

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

nice recipe..i love brinjal very much!!

Sathya Sankar said...

Very tempting and yummy curry !

Pushpa said...

Delicious brinjal curry,looks so good...

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Nandini said...

Wow! Curry looks delicious...Yummy!

Shalini said...

awesome:) brinjal in coconut curry looks delicious:)

deepti said...

Same here too...I cant take Brinjal in any other form except in theeyal...Ur curry Looks perfect
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Lovely looking Brinjal Curry dear. Loved the look of the gravy.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sharmilee! :) said...

Such a awesome recipe...looks super good. Brinjal is becoming my recent fav these days :)

Treat and Trick said...

Sounds yummy, right balance of spices used in making this gravy...

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy and absolutely gorgeous pictures.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey Sarah,

Love the gravy...Beautiful clicks...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

ganga said...

ee curry kollamallo.enikkum madiya varutharaykkan.ini ithu try cheythu nokkame.....

Vandana Rajesh said...

nalle looking curry sarah...tried a chicken in coconut milk from ur blog and hubby and daughter loved it ..thks for dropping by at my blog.

Nithya said...

My dad would love it since he is die hard fan of brinjals :) yummy :)

പഞ്ചാരക്കുട്ടന്‍ said...

cool recipe dear..
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Kurinji said...

delicious recipe dear.

Uma said...

looks so delicious.

Anonymous said...

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Love coconut gravies, and this must be a delicacy to try.

Happy Cook said...

I am with you brinjal is not a fav veg of mine too. But made like this i am sure i would love it.

Nostalgia said...

Curry looks great!

Laya said...

This curry sounds great. Easy to make too.as usual gorgeous pictures.

meeso said...

Yum! Goodness that sounds mouthwatering!

Madhavi said...

Oh This is must try recipe, love it!!

Hari Chandana said...

very delicious and nice recipe.. looks really gr8 !!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Nice recipe ..dear... Recently tasted theeyal...
This must be even more flavourable!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

i like the way you keep ur picture very simple but beautiful, love the recipe!

mrudu said...

hi...i tried it out...needless to say, it came out great...thanks for the recipe!!

ഞാന്‍ ... said...

thank you dear goooooooooood recipe and photos

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