Thursday, April 19, 2012

Brinjal Chutney-Kathirikkai Thogayal (thuvaiyal)

I was made to take a forced break as my computer was not working. Happy to be back with my family's favorite brinjal thogayal recipe. Brinjal Thuvaiyal is a very tasty and delicious dish with a smoky flavour made with roasted brinjals. Learn how to make Brinjal chutney-Kathirikkai Thogayal following this easy recipe.

Brinjal Chutney-Kathirikkai Thogayal

Brinjal chutney-Kathirikkai Thogayal

Brinjal chutney-Kathirikkai Thogayal

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Dip-Chutney
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Brinjal -1 big or 2 medium sized ones as show in the pic.

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds- 3/4 tsp
   Urad dal - 2 tbsp
   Red chilli - 3-4
   Hing - a pinch
   Tamarind - little (very less)
   Salt to taste


Wash and wipe the brinjal dry. Apply a little oil on brinjals and roast them on fire till the skin becomes charred. Leave it  to cool. Then remove the charred black skin as shown in the picture below. Chop it into small pieces and keep it aside.

Soak tamarind in just a tbsp of water or use 1/2 tsp of tamarind paste.

how to prepare brinjal chutney

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing, red chillies and saute till dal turns golden brown.

Grind the above with tamarind adding very less water to a smooth paste.

Then add the chopped roasted brinjal, salt needed and grind just for a few seconds. (It should not be a fine paste).

It tastes great when mixed with rice and ghee. It can also be had as a side dish for dosa and chapati.

You might also like Baingan Bartha recipe made with smoked eggplant/ brinjal.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes and tips. Stay in touch.


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  2. Lovely chutney and loved the brinjal prop too.

  3. Wow never tried or tasted thus before... But want to try for sure....

  4. loved the recipe..can call this south indian style baigan ka bharta..loved the smoky flavour of brinjal so will try this version surely..

  5. Yummy chutney, wish to have some with crispy dosas..

  6. Mom use to prepare this delicious chutney !

  7. Yummy chutney, cute little brinjal man ..

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  9. Delicious thogaiyal,me too makes this often...

  10. good to see you back , this looks delicious, v similar to what my mom in law makes, love the brinjal owl too

  11. THis is sutta kathirika thogayal and I love it. Amma used to make it often and its been a while since I had it. Will make it soon. thanks for reminding me.

  12. Tempting thogayal...Perfect combination for dosai, curd rice...

  13. Yummy chutney and what a cute brinjal carving ... loved it...will try to make one too.

  14. looks delicious, i always wanted to try thogayal, this looks like a fairly simple recipe to make :)

  15. good one.. love the cute brinjal avatar too :)

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  16. yummy chutney...n very easy to make also..liked dat cute doll.

  17. hey that is a nice chutney.. do drop by my space in your spare time
    Noel collections

  18. it is so similar to baingan bartha, sound lovely

  19. சாப்பிடத் தூண்டும் வகையில் உள்ளது உங்கள்
    பகிர்வு. மிக்க நன்றி.

  20. my mom makes this to have it mixed with hot rice ..loved the presentation

  21. Hi padhu,
    I love ur receipes and everything came out well except this brinjal thuvayal came out with bitter taste but i am unable to figure out the exact reason..can you help..I think its bcoz of brinjal but dont know why..

  22. I am glad that you love my recipes.When you buy brinjals ,see to it that it is firm but not rock hard .If the brinjal is very hard and has lot of seeds ,then it will be bitter .Moreover for brinjal thuvayal ,you should use it fresh . Try it next time and tell me .Do not use old stock brinjals which are kept in the fridge for a week.

  23. You need not grind brinjal.just mashing is also fine. \will taste yummier that way.

  24. Dear Padhu, I just made brinjal chutney...It came out so well n my dad loved it...ur blog is my google when it comes to cooking...I admire ur love for cooking....more than that your generous nature of sharing your recipes..thank u very much...keep motivating young cooks like me...

  25. Hi,
    Do you have any recipe using white brinjal for an accompaniment of chappati

  26. hii,

    I have a coil cooktop, as in it does not have a flame, how can we make this in microwave?

    1. For roasting brinjal/eggplant in microwave -Place the whole brinjal in a microwave safe dish and microwave until it is tender. Peel the skin and use it. But you will not get the smoky flavor.

  27. Padhuskitchen hats off to u and Thank you
    It's your recipes that have helped me.cook complicated Tail Iyer dishes with ease for all occasions
    Your blog is a blessing for me who is not an Iyer but married an Iyer and who is keen to learn and cook
    Thanks love you
    Anusha Vijaykanth

  28. Great recipe. It left me with my choice of how much spiciness and heat to add (or not)! ENDED up making it just as it tasted in my childhood.Thanks for the memories too!! cheers.

  29. Padhu can we saute little bit raw tamarind(instead of tamarind water and paste) along with dal n grind?? Will it taste good?


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