Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brinjal Masala-Side dish for Pulao and Coconut rice-Brinjal Recipes

This Brinjal masala or gravy is a great side dish for coconut rice and vegetable pulao. I came to know of this combo from my friend and from that day onwards, whenever I prepare coconut rice, I prepare this as a side dish. Try it and I am sure you are going to love this combo. Brinjal lovers like me will surely love this dish.

Brinjal masala-side dish for pulao, coconut rice

Brinjal Masala(gravy)-Side dish for Pulao and Coconut rice

Brinjal Masala(gravy)-Side dish for Pulao and Coconut rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Brinjal - 4-5 medium size
   Shallots/small onion - 15
   Garlic cloves - 10
   Tomato - 1
   Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball

   Chilli powder -3/4 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Salt as required

   For grinding (raw)

   Grated Coconut -1/4 cup
   Whole black pepper - 10
   Cumin/jeera seeds - 1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil- 3 tbsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds(vendhayam) - 1/2 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Peel onion and garlic and cut it into half if it is too big. Cut brinjals lengthwise.

Grind coconut, pepper and jeera to a fine paste and keep it aside.

Soak tamarind in warm water, extract the juice and discard the pulp. (the tamarind extract should not be thick but should be a little watery)


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, small onions and garlic. Saute nicely till onions turn pink.

Then add chopped tomato and fry for a few more seconds.

Add brinjal, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed and cook covered on medium heat stirring in between until the brinjals are three fourth cooked.

Add tamarind water and when it starts boiling, simmer and let it cook on low flames till it becomes slightly thick. By this time the brinjals will become tender.

Then add the ground paste and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

This masala is a fantastic side dish for Coconut rice .You can try this brinjal masala for other mildly spiced pulao also which does not have tomato base.

Note -Use less tamarind for this dish and not as you use for kulambu.

Click the link or the picture below to take you to Coconut Rice Recipe

South Indian Lunch Menu

South Indian lunch menu

Lunch Menu Ideas (Indian) #2

Vegetable Pulao

Brinjal gravy (this post)

Curd rice

Gobi 65

Brinjal Recipes from Padhuskitchen

Stuffed Brinjal Curry

Drumstick Brinjal Curry (kathirikkai murungakai curry)

Brinjal Curry

Brinjal Rice

Brinjal Gotsu

Mochai Kathirikkai Kara Kulambu

Brinjal Gravy in tomato sauce

Baingan Bartha

Bagara Baingan (Hyderabadi style)

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  1. Gravy looks delicious...yummy!

  2. A delicious combo for coconut rice. nice recipe

  3. You look like a 'Brinjal Recipe Queen' to many dishes with Brinjal!!
    Amazing curry I admit. :)

  4. Brinjal masala sounds perfect with coconut rice, delicious curry :)

  5. Yummy gravy n nice presentation!!!

  6. Your Lunch Menu Ideas and recipes are super.Thanks for sharing.

  7. that looks spicy & delish. i can never be sick of indian food :) you have great recipes on your blog !

  8. They look delicious..Thanks for posting it dear..


  9. Mouthwatering set of recipes. Looks so good. Lovely food. YUM!

  10. Delicious brinjal masala..perect with rice

  11. Lovely Brinjal recipe.., Just made a Kuzambhu today with it.., Lovely curry

  12. im a big brinjal fan, this coconut-based curry looks like a great accompaniment to rice :)

  13. perfect lunch combo.. brinjal curry looks delicious.. I am your new follower...

  14. Hii padma i have tried this brinjal(potato) masala curry yesterday but i used potato instead of brinjal. Except that i followed your recipe as it is. It came out very good.My husband appreciated me sooo much.It was a great chance for me to prove myself.A lot of thanks to you..


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