Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Indian Eggplant Stir fry curry ( Podi Kathrikai )

We had snow this past weekend. In our area when there is snow, everything pretty much comes to a standstill. Since the snow arrived late Friday night and continued falling through Saturday, that meant all outdoor activities came to a stop and we had to hang out at home.

I have to admit, snow can be quite a hassle, especially when it has half melted and you have to worry about the slush re freezing, black ice and bad road conditions, etc etc. But it is also so very beautiful, the sight of our entire neighborhood blanketed with snow was such a beautiful sight, it almost made it seem worth it, to have the hassle that went along with snow. Our area looked like a winter wonderland:-)

Being snowed in meant that I got a chance to tinker around my kitchen and make some of our favorite stuff over the weekend. One of my favorite vegetables is eggplant, I like eggplant in all its forms but I especially love it in this south Indian style stir fry with ground masala powder known as podi katrikai.

Usually my podi katrikai has four ingredients in its ground masala, but this weekend when I was making this curry it struck me that I wanted a change and I tried some additional ingredients in the masala. The resulting curry has become my new favorite, give it a try and see, maybe it will become yours as well :-)



Podi Katrikai curry 3

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Ingredients and Method to make Indian Eggplant Stir fry curry ( Podi kathrikai)

8 medium sized (small variety) Indian eggplants washed, cut off the crown and sliced lengthwise
This yielded about 5 cups of loosely packed eggplant slices
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

handful cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish cut fine

Seasoning
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split black gram lentil (udad dhal)


For the masala
2 tbsp split chick pea lentil (chana dhal)
1 tbsp coriander seeds (dhania)
2 1/2 tbsp brown sesame seeds (ellu)
1 thumb sized piece of tamarind
3 dry red chillies
1/2 tsp dried curry leaves (optional)
4 tbsp fresh coconut (this has to be dry roasted until reddish seperately)

Dry roast each of the ingredients under the masala list in a large heavy bottomed pan on a low to medium low heat starting with the split chick pea lentil. Dry roast split chick pea lentil (chana dhal) until it starts to redden a little, then add coriander seeds, stir for a few seconds, then add brown sesame seeds. When the sesame seeds begin to pop a little, add tamarind, then red chillies and stir for a few more seconds until the red chillies become a little stiff and crisp, finally add dried curry leaves stir for a few seconds. Then remove the entire masala ingredients and place on a plate to cool.
 
Separately dry roast grated coconut until it is reddish, remove and add to the rest of the masala ingredients to cool.

When these have cooled, powder them in a spice grinder/ blender until it turns to a fine powder and keep aside.

In the same pan heat oil, then add mustard seeds, when the seeds begin to splutter, add split black gram lentil and stir it until it begins to redden.

Quickly add turmeric powder to the oil, stir once or twice and add the sliced eggplant to the pan followed by a little salt.

Keep stirring the eggplant until it gets cooked completely and becomes soft.

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Then add the ground masala, stir it in  and allow the curry to cook on a low flame for a minute or two longer.

Finally garnish with cilantro and serve hot with either plain roti or with rice and dhal or sambar or rasam.


This curry along with Sweet Sesame Rice and  Savory Sesame Brown Rice ( Ellu Saadam) is off to the Cooking with seeds-Sesame event hosted by Priya

Sweet Sesame Rice thumbnail

Sweet Sesame Rice

Savory sesame rice thumbnail

Savory Sesame Brown Rice ( Ellu Saadam)

33 comments :

Priya said...

Podi kathrikkai looks fantastic Usha, seems u have prepared specially for me(just kidding), thanks for sending all ur delicious dishes to CWS...

Rachana Kothari said...

The Curry looks really delicious...nice click too.

Asha said...

Yeah, as snow melts it creates a mess. No school for my son half day Friday until tomorrow may be.

Any Badane dish is for me anytime, looks mouthwatering.

Kalai said...

ymmm.....looks nice!

sowmya.s said...

i made a similar podi recently for capsicum , though I did not add coconut and til..yours looks delicious with the additional ingredients..

Preeti Kashyap said...

wow..i really love eggplant and this is a winner!

shahana said...

Podi kathrikai looks delicious!!!

Devasena Hariharan said...

I never used to like kathirikai. Ur preparation looks interesting. WIll try it.

AnuSriram said...

Thats a delicious recipe. Nice click!

Trendsetters said...

never heard of this...looks tempting..nice pic

ruchikacooks said...

Podi Kathirikaai rombha nalla irruku pakkarathukku, sesame seeds should have been yum with it..Cute pix too!

priya said...

hi usha, thx for visiting my blog and for those lovely comments, dear..u ve a wonderful blog with all delicious recipes...do keep in touch, dear!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

The dish looks so yummy and love your detailed method, thanks for sharing.

Laavanya said...

I see i have quite a few posts to catch up on... Totally agree with your sentiments on snow.. beautiful but a hassle.

I'm off eggplants for a while but this looks absolutely yummy.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Yummy and mouthwatering!!! Wonderful dish for a nice cold, breezy afternoon!!!

Dershana said...

oh yeah, this with hot sambhar, appalam, and rice :-)

Babli said...

Curry looks delicious and tempting. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

lata raja said...

great picture Usha. Incidentally, I made podi kaththrikkai yesterday too and had seen in another blog ennai kaththrikkai kari!

Akal's Saappadu said...

podi kathirikkai sounds great; those indian small varieties tastes definitely special , I love them!!!

you're right, as soon as snow falls, it's pretty but afterwards, it creates a big disaster, I walk like an old lady watching out each step I make, hihihi

Padma said...

Lovely click and nice entries to the event. Podi kathrikai looks mouthwatering.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

beautiful pic! Gr8 recipe!
Renuka
http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

Indhu said...

I make a very very similar dry curry.. the only difference - I do not add sesame seeds... I love this curry with mor kuzhambu :)

Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries said...

That sweet sesame rice sounds incredible!!

Gita said...

We too had snow on Saturday...one is going on now :) Delicious curry Usha...looks tasty!

SE said...

great picture...looks so delicious..

Nina said...

Anything with eggplant am in for it.Good one.Its snowed here today...n roads are in a bad state!!!

Nandini said...

Mouthwatering podi kathrikai! Delicious one!

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious brinjal...nice photo

Jagruti said...

Curry looks delicious and tempting..any eggplant curry welcome for me..

cheeers

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Podi kathrikai looks delicious, i never used sesame seeds. I loved ur version dear, it adds more flavor to the dish:)

Smita said...

I have tried this when my SIL made it and its yummy....Very nice recipe....

Anupama said...

This one is a great combo with sambar and rasam.

Parita said...

Yummy combo!

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