Monday, March 16, 2015

Brinjal Chops for Biryani-Brinjal Gravy Recipe-Side Dish for Biryani-Biryani Kathrikkai

This brinjal gravy for biryani has many names like brinjal chops, biryani kathrikkai or brinjal thokku/curry. I have tasted it long time back and could not wait to try it when I found a similar version here. This is commonly prepared by Muslims as a side dish for biryani. It tastes very delicious and is a perfect accompaniment to biryani. I prefer this as side dish to biryani than onion raitha/pachadi. Though I have a different version of Brinjal gravy for biryani, this is a typical Muslim Style Brinjal Curry/Bhai Style Brinjal chops. Today we will learn how to make Brinjal side dish for biryani and pulao following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Brinjal Curry/Gravy- Side dish for Biryani

Brinjal Curry for Biryani

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

   Ingredients needed

   Small Purple Brinjals - 12
   Tamarind - 4 marble sized balls
   Salt needed

  Toast and Powder

   Black Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
   Roasted Peanuts - 2 tbsp

   Spice Powder

   Chilli Powder - 4-5 tsp
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Sesame Seeds Oil - 1/4 cup ( Gingelly oil-Nalennai)
   Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
   Whole Black pepper - 2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - 2 sprig


Choose small purple brinjals of even size. Cut it lengthwise and keep it in water until use to prevent discoloration.

Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes and extract thick tamarind juice. Discard the pulp.

Roast sesame seeds and peanuts separately on medium flame until you get a nice aroma of toasted seeds. Cool and powder both together and keep it aside.

Crush the peppercorns slightly.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, crushed peppercorns, hing and curry leaves.

how to make brinjal side dish for biryani

Add the brinjals (without any water), turmeric powder and mix well so that the brinjals are well coated the spices.

Cook covered on medium flame until soft.

brinjal chops

Add salt, chilli powder, sesame + peanuts mixture and cook covered for a few more seconds.

Brinjal Gravy for Biryani

Then add the tamarind extract, another tsp of oil and cook on medium flame, stirring in between until the gravy oozes out oil. The brinjals should be overcooked and mushy.

Biryani Kathrikkai

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with any biryani. I served with Egg Biryani.

Check out my another version of Brinjal Masala for biryani and vegetable pulao.

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  1. Shall we use white sesame seeds?

    1. Yes, you can use but in traditional recipe, they use only black sesame seeds. That gives a nice flavor and a little dark color to the gravy.

  2. Thank you for the reply,padhu mam..

  3. comes out very well. this is correct proportion and the taste is yummy. God bless u padu.

  4. I tried myself. It's so taste.... very useful tips. Congrats keep it posting

  5. I tried this afternoon with veg biriyani. The brinjal curry came out very well. Nandri.

  6. Very simple and tasty. Thanks for your help.

  7. Awesome recipe came out really well 😁

  8. Tried this recipe today with veg pulao. Came out excellent. Speciality of this recipe is no onion and garlic👍

  9. This recipe came out well today. Thanks

  10. It was awesome.. my hubby loved it.. thanks padhu

  11. I don't have sesameseeds what is the alternative for that madam

  12. It came out so yummy. I made lot of powder of sesame and groundnut. Can it be used for other dishes.


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