ENNAI KATHRIKAI SAMBHAR


There are some days when you like to do things with a difference,when your energy and

spirit is packed.It was a holiday,and there was no need of hurried routines,and these tiny

tender brinjals ,which i always love to make ‘ennai kathrikai ‘spicy hot gravy were

attracting me to be used in the sambhar.Normally when you make brinjal sambhar i use

the normal sized brinjals,but these cuties made me to innovate this simply superb

sambhar.No need of any sambhar masala ,just the normal ingredients.If you are lucky to

get vadagam(dried onion balls with mustard,fenugreek ,garlic and other spices,it will be

still fine,but no worries will give recipe without that too.Let’s get into the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

100-200 gm toor dal (tuvaram paruppu)pressure cook and mash

15-20 small red onions

2 green chillies

2-3 pips garlic

1 tsp chilli powder

1.5 tsp.coriander powder

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp.cummin seed powder

Ghee

2-3 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp.mustard

1 tsp.fenugreek seeds

curry leaves

2 tomatoes pureed

1 tblsp.grated jaggery

salt to taste

a pinch of asafoetida

half a vadagam (optional)

To prepare the brinjal first

INGREDIENTS

Few tiny tender brinjals cut into fours from the bottom (keep the stalks intact)

1 tsp.red chilli powder

1 tsp.coriander powdeer

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

salt.

half lemon sized tamarind

5 tblsp.gingelly oil

few coriander leaves

METHOD

Mix all spices with salt together except the tamarind,and apply on the inner sides of the

brinjal and set aside.

To start the preparation

Heat gingelly oil in a kadai,add the bold listed or the vadagam(if using).Add the onions

green chillies ,garlic and the brinjal and saute for a minute.

Cover and allow to cook in the oil .When you see the brinjals turning color ,add the tomato

puree and tamarind ,cover again and cook till the brinjals are very tender.Whilst this is on

the fire,add the ingredients in the italics list  to the dal and mix well.

Once the brinjal is cooked and oil separates,add the dal mixture ,  1-2 cups water, ghee,and

jaggery.,asafoetida and cook  to reach a boil.Add coriander leaves,and remove from fire.

Can be served with iddli,dosai,rice or rotis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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