I love brinjal rice very much. It is very easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Usually my mother prepares this recipe with tamarind, instead of tamarind, I have substituted with tomatoes. I have not used much spices for this rice. Today we will learn how to make Brinjal rice-Kathirikkai sadam following this easy recipe.
Soak basmati rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the water and cook rice adding 2 cups of boiling water.
Cut brinjal into cubes or lengthwise. Do not cut it into fine pieces. I used long purple variety for preparing this dish.
Heat a tsp of oil and fry coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dal and pepper. After it turns slightly brown add coconut and fry. Powder it and keep aside. This is the masala.
Heat a tbsp of oil, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. Add brinjals, green chilli, finely chopped ginger and turmeric powder. Cook on low flame sprinkling water when needed. Stir in between.
Then add the ground masala and required salt.
When the brinjals are slightly cooked, add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook well until brinjal become soft. Do not forget to stir in between for even cooking.
Then add the cooked rice and mix well.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with any raita or papads.
Note - You can prepare this dish using onions also. After seasoning, saute thinly sliced onions until transparent and then add brinjals. With onions it tastes even more delicous!!
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