This is an authentic Tamil Nadu kuzhambu recipe and its sometimes a bit overwhelming for lazybones like me. That is not to say this is a difficult recipe. There is a bit of roasting and grinding and soaking and frying to be done. My grandmom would have said “these days girls have it easy, you have the mixie!” She is right, of course!
If you have some time on your hands and are craving some comfort food, a homemade meal, something like what your mom/grandmom would have made you if she were with you, then this one’s for you. I made it on a Saturday morning and it lasted till Tuesday the next week. I had it with rice, dosa, chappathis, more rice and more dosas!
Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu RecipeServes: 4Preparation time : 45 minsIngredients:A lime-sized ball tamarind8-10 small aubergines1/4 cup sesame / gingelly oil / nallennai1 tsp salt1 tbsp powdered jaggery / sugarFor Spice Powder:1 tbsp oil2 tbsp coriander seeds1 tsp hing / asafoetida / perungaayam8 dried red chillies2 tbsp chana dal / kadala paruppu2 tbsp toor dal / tuvaram paruppu2 tbsp urad dal / ulutham paruppu1 tsp saltFor Tempering:1/2 tsp mustard seeds / kaduku1 dry red chilli1 sprig curry leavesHow to make Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu1. Heat oil for spice powder and add all ingredients except salt. Fry till spices are fragrant and dals turn a golden brown.2. Remove from heat, mix in salt and grind to a powder.3. Soak tamarind in 1.5 cups warm water and extract juice.4. Wash the aubergines and make criss-cross cuts into it from the base almost upto the stalks.5. Stuff the aubergines with enough spice powder and set aside the remaning powder.6. Heat gingelly oil in a large pan and fry the aubergines till cooked through and semi-soft. Take care not to break them. Drain and set aside.7. To the above hot oil, add the ingredients for tempering. When the mustard seeds popping, add the tamarind juice, salt, jaggery and the remaining spice powder. Simmer for about 10-12 mins.8. Add aubergines to the above and simmer for another 5-7 mins.9. Serve hot with plain rice and any thoran / mezhukkupuratti / poriyal dish.