25 BRINJAL IN TAMARIND GRAVY(PULI KUZHAMBU)

Brinjal in Tamarind Gravy - Katharikka puli Kuzhambu- Vankaya Pulusu


This is the most common kuzhambu prepared in my home using brinjal. One of my mom's fav curry with rice. As a kid never used to try pulusu and they always used to make an other curry or dhal for us. But now I try this with many other vegetables and love to have it with rice. My friends too here love my puli kuzhambu and I made this for lunch one day when they had come for our regular lunch get together.

Onion - 2 large chopped fine( can substitute with pearl/small onions if available)
Violet brinjal - 3 or 4 small
Tamarind - one small lime size
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tbsp
Coconut paste - 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Oil - 2 tbsp

For tempering:-

Gingelly oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves.


I made this in large quantity , as a variation have added a tbsp of tomato paste. This will give a very good taste and color. Soak tamarind in water for 30 mts and extract a dilute pulp.
( Can sustitute the powders with home made curry powder )

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Fry till golden brown. Next add thickly chopped brinjal and fry for a minute until the skin changes its colour. Next add all the powders and saute once. Immediately add the tamarind pulp along with a cup of water. Reduce heat and cook till it thickens and veggie is cooked. Next add the coconut paste along with some water and salt. Cook till the raw smell leaves. Temper with the tempering ingredients. Goes well with hot rice.

Usually any tamarind gravy tastes great the next day as the tamarind flavor changes and enhances the taste.

If adding tomato paste , then add then after frying the veggie and saute for a minute and then add the powders and follow the same. This gravy tastes good when the consistency of the gravy is thick for that I add in lot of onion and also fry till golden brown.


25 comments/Reactions:

Sushma Mallya said...

eye catching colour & a nice recipe with brinjal...looks good padma

Sailaja Damodaran said...

I love that rich colour....Excellent

Suvaiyaana Suvai said...

wow yummy!!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely color, love dishes with eggplant in them.

Gulmohar said...

I love pulikuzhambu (have you seen mine) and it is superb with brinjal :-) Am drooling here...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

am so hungry now..that colour of the pulusu is gorgeous Padma.

Vrinda said...

I too prepared brinjal curry today for lunch,but not this one..Nice tangy and yummy curry with brinjal...

Nostalgia said...

Very nice..

Priya said...

Wat a eye catching gravy, tempting me a lot..that too with brinjal am hungry now..

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!! Love the color..Looks terrific and yummy

Malar Gandhi said...

THats a really rich color, brinjals look so happy dipped in that rich curry:)

Gita said...

Love the color of the kuzubu Padma...looks very tasty :)

kothiyavunu said...

That looks delicious & appetizing!! I am drooling over it just thinking about how tasty it will be with hot rice.

Soma Pradhan said...

Aah I was looking for this this..Had this long back at one of my ex colleagues place..Thax for sharing..

Renu said...

very nice recipe...

Nandini said...

Rich color and tasty gravy with brinjal. Yes tastes wonder on next day hehehe.

Parita said...

Love the color and consistency of the curry, its perfect!

Rekha shoban said...

Nice colour and looks spicy...

Uma said...

lovely color. yum!!

Tina said...

Its new to me..Gravy looks trmpting and colourful..Good with hot rice......

Varunavi said...

I love this padma,we also make this but without coconut paste.

ganga said...

interesting and colourful..........

Akal's Saappadu said...

kathirikka puli kozhambu is making me mouth water :)

slurp slurp, sounds tangy and creamy at the same time!!! must be delicious with some rice and ghee :)

kitchen queen said...

yum and delicious puli kuzhambu to have with hot rice.

my kitchen said...

My favorite puli kozhambu,loves it

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