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Ennai Kathirikkai Masala, Stuffed Brinjals Masala

Brinjals cooked in a spicy masala – Tamilnadu style. Spicy Ennai Kathirikkai Masala Recipe – Stuffed Brinjals Masala. With step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the Stuffing Masala Paste

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chana dal
  • 1 tablespoon peanut
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon fresh coconut
  • 3 dried red chillies (Byadagi or Kashmiri)
  • 2 dried red chillies (Gundu milagai or any spicy variety)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • half a gooseberry size tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients

  • 12 small brinjals
  • 3 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


For the Stuffing Masala Paste

  1. Heat a pan and add in the peanut oil. Add in the sesame seeds, peanuts and chana dal. Saute on a low flame until the chana dal is slightly golden in colour.
  2. Add in the coconut, onion and the tamarind. Add in the dried red chillies. Fry for a minute.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Once cool, grind in a small mixie jar to a smooth paste. Add very little water (a couple of tablespoons) and the salt while grinding.

For the Ennai Kathirikkai – Stuffed Brinjals

  1. Remove 3/4th of the stem from the brinjal. Cut the brinjal in a cross. Stuff the brinjal on the inside with the ground paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add in the stuffed brinjal.
  3. Add a cup of water to the remaining ground masala paste to dilute the paste. Add the remaining paste to the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low flame for 20 minutes.
  4. Add in the curry leaves and the chopped coriander leaves. Mix once and remove from heat.
  5. Serve hot with steaming hot rice and ghee.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: South Indian
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