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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Brinjal Kulambu-Arachu vitta Kuzhambu

My arachu vitta sambar is a big hit among friends. Many have loved and tried it. Here I am with another speciality of mine - Arachuvitta kuzhambu. Just as my arachuvitta sambar does not require sambar powder, this kuzhambu also does not require sambar powder. I have prepared it with brinjal. You can try it with any vegetables which we normally use for kuzhambu like drumstick, broad beans, ladies finger or even with vathals. Learn how to make Brinjal kulambu recipe/Arachu vitta kathirikkai Kulambu following this easy recipe.

Brinjal Kuzhambu-Arachuvitta Kuzhambu

How to make kuzhambu-kathirikai kuzhambu ingredients Picture above  is just to give an idea to the new ones as to how much tamarind is a lemon sized ball

Arachu vitta Brinjal Kulambu

Arachu vitta kuzhambu

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryKuzhambu Varieties
 Recipe CuisineSouth Idian

   Ingredients needed

   Tamarind - small lemon sized ball
   Brinjal -2-3 medium size
   Pearl onions/shallots - 1/2 cup
   Tomato -2
   Salt needed

   For Grinding

   Urad dal - 2 tsp
   Red chilli- 4
   Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
   Coconut - 1 tbsp
   Khus khus/kasa kasa -1 tsp
   Onion - 1 roughly chopped

   Spice powder

   Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
   Chilli Powder -1/2 tsp
   Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
   Bengal gram -1/2 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds-1/4 tsp
   Red chilli -1(break it into 2 pieces)
   Curry leaves - little


Soak tamarind in 2 1/2 cups hot water. Extract its juice and discard the pulp.

Cut brinjal lengthwise into 4 pieces.

Fry all the ingredients mentioned under "For Grinding" separately in a little oil. Once it cools, grind everything together including onion (onions should also be sauteed separately) to a smooth paste. Keep it aside. 

Arachuvitta kathirikai kuzhambu


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard splutters, add the rest of the ingredients mentioned under "For the seasoning".

Add pearl onions, brinjal and saute for a few minutes till onion turn transparent.

Add finely chopped tomatoes and fry for some more time.

Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and needed salt.

Add tamarind water and the ground paste and cook till the kulambu thickens.

Enjoy with hot rice.

More Brinjal recipes

Stuffed Brinjals

Brinjal rice (Vangi bath)

Brinjal Gothsu-Brinjal gotsu

Bagara baingan

Baingan bartha

Ennai kathirikkai kuzhambu

Mochai Brinjal kara kuzhambu

Brinjal tomato gravy

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.com


  1. Great recipe. Using khus-khus must bring a very creamy rich feel to the kuzhambu. Nice combination of spices.

  2. Delicious kuzhammbu looks so nice.I liked using khaskhas in this recipe.

  3. Thats a spicy and yummy curry.

  4. I like araithuvittu sambar...this kuzhambu is a must try recipe...thanks for sharing this.

  5. this will def taste yumeee with rice

  6. Wow....looks really yummy....was wondering if i can add ladies-finger to this sambhar ??? I love using ladies finger in mine...

  7. Rich and yummy looking curry... Will surely try out...

  8. Wow, this looks so yummy and delicious...nice recipe..thanks for sharing!

  9. I can see why it is a big hit...It looks so mouthwatering...A must try!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. Hello Padhu
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Nice to bump into another blogger from India :-) You have a very interesting way of photographing your recipes. The butterfly with dosa (in an old post of urs) is a very cute idea :-) Keep visiting!


  11. Rich and yummy, great side dish for rice

  12. wow..interesting brinjal curry....looks very delicious...I have some eggplant in my fridge, will try your recipe...

  13. Great recipe dear..will surely try it out :)
    Thanx for dropping at my space :)

  14. Wow.. Achocho.. Mouthwatering here..I love this kulambu a lotttt !!!!

  15. Love ur presentation as always..Brinjal Kulambu looks delicious and will try it soon..I'm always looking for brinjal recipes as I love them..

  16. wow dat must be very gud.....nice pics

  17. Lovely Padhu, Nice curry. Will try this soon.

  18. delicious gravy..looks so yummy!

  19. Curry looks spicy and yummy.. Nice presentation..

  20. the kulambu looks so colorful and yummy!

  21. I am definitely going to pick up some tamarind and turmeric soon! This dish sounds tasty!

  22. lovely dish...looks so inviting !

  23. Love the flavors in this curry and that veg carving looks oh so cute!!

  24. looks perfect and delicious dear :)

  25. the brinjal man is looking so cute :)
    lovely recipe Padhu

  26. Nice Padhu.I was looking for a different arachu vita sambar recipe.Sauteed onions,khas khas along with the grinding ingredients should bring out great flavor.Will try .

  27. ...so then i should try this soonish!...nam nam!

  28. tried this without the onion in the to roast and grind part....awesome taste ....cud not resist...

  29. Tried this kulambu yesterday my husband, sister and bro in law enjoyed it..... thank u for the wonderful recipe........

  30. can you tell me how many it serves

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  32. This recipe serves 4-5 persons.

  33. I tried this kulambu.it was tasty,my husband liked it. Started following ur blog recently,it is really helpful...thanks for many useful tips..can u please post ulundu kali

  34. Prepared this kuzhambu yesterday...my god!!!! It's soon tastily...Thanks Padhu darling :)

  35. I tried this recipe and it was a hit! Great to have a recipe that doesn't require both coconut and dal.. Thanks Padhu!

  36. Dear Padhu,

    I have been using your blog as my go-to reference for cooking almost every day for the past few years. Thank you, and wish you continued success.


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