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Monday, November 20, 2017

Kathirikkai Kadayal Recipe-Easy Brinjal Side Dish for Idli Dosa

Brinjal kadayal is a quick and easy side dish you can make during the hectic morning hours. This is not a very popular side dish and may not look appealing in the picture but take my words, it is very easy to make and tastes very delicious with idli and dosa. All you have to do is to dump everything inside the pressure cooker, mash it well and then boil adding tamarind water. That's it. Sounds easy isn't it, taste delicious too. Today we will learn how to make brinjal kadayal following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Kathirikkai Kadayal-Brinjal Side Dish for Idli Dosa

Kathirikkai/Brinjal Kadayal

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategoryBrinjal-Side Dish for Idli-Dosa
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Brinjal - 4-5 medium size or 1/4 kg
   Moong dal/pasi paruppu - 1/4 cup
   Pearl Onions - 6-7 or fistful
   Tomato - 1 big
   Garlic - 3 cloves
   Green Chilli - 5-6 or as needed
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed
   Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Seasoning

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Onion - 1 small
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves


Soak tamarind in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Extract the tamarind juice and discard the pulp.

Soak moong dal in little warm water for 10 minutes. In the meantime we will chop all the vegetables.

Wash and chop the brinjals into cubes and keep it in water to avoid discoloration. Chop onion, tomatoes, garlic and keep it ready. Slit green chillies.

how to make brinjal kadayal


Take a cooker, add moong dal, chopped brinjals (after draining the water), tomato, chopped pearl onion,  green chillies, garlic, curry leaves, turmeric powder, salt needed and a cup of water.

brinjal side dish for idli dosa

Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker.

easy brinjal side dish for idli dosa

Strain the water if any and keep it aside. Mash the contents well with a potato masher or a mattu (woodon masher).

Add diluted tamarind water and the reserved strained water. Check for salt.

Brinjal Kadayal recipe

This kadayal should be thin, so add water, if it is thick. Boil on low heat, stirring from time to time for a few minutes until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add the chopped onion and curry leaves.

Kathirikkai Kadayal

Saute until onion turns transparent. Pour it over the brinjal kadal. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve piping hot with idli, dosa or pongal.

Kathirikkai Kadayal Recipe

Note - If you do not have pearl onions, you can also use regular onions but pearl onions recommended. Use local variety brinjals. Avoid using hybrid brinjals for this recipe. 

Check more Brinjal Recipes 

Side Dishes for Idli Dosa 

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  1. What type of brinjal to be used? As there are many varieties in market, confused.

    1. You can use any variety brinjals (preferable purple or green) but don't use the big purple hybrid ones.

    2. Why not one should be avoided for this recipe?

  2. All time favourite... Easy preparation yet too tasty and healthy..


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