March 30, 2009

Stuffed eggplant gravy (ennai katrikai method 2)

Posted in Gravy, sides at 9:37 am by kalpana

Okay..i admit 🙂 .This is not a traditional recipe.I was in a mood to try something new.I just tried it out with whatever i had on hand.It turned out  to be a decent  one 🙂 .



  1. Green indian eggplant – 10-12
  2. Coconut grated – 1 cup
  3. Cashews – 1/2 cup
  4. Homemade sambhar powder – 3 teaspoons
  5. Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Fennel seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Tomatoes -3
  8. Onion (medium size)  – 1/2
  9. Tamarind paste – 1 tablespoon
  10. Mustard seeds -1/2 teaspoon
  11. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  12. Salt to taste
  13. oil – 1/2 cup


  • Toast the grated coconut till it  turns to a light brown colour.
  • Toast the fennel seeds and cashews until you get nice aroma.
  • Seed the tomatoes to get rid of all the moisture from tomatoes.Reserve the seeds and pulp to add it to the gravy later.(I seeded the tomatoes just so the stuffing doesnt become too runny)
  • In a mixer, add the grated coconut,cashews,fennel seeds, salt, tomatoes,sambhar powder,garam masala  and grind them to a fine not add water.
  • Slit the brinjal lengthwise .Leave the stem to hold the brinjal together.
  • Stuff the brinjal with the stuffing and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan .Add mustard seeds ,cumin seeds,finely chopped onion,tomato seeds and pulp. saute them well.
  • Place the brinjal carefully in the oil and shallow fry them.Turn them using tongs every 4 minutes.
  • Now add the left over stuffing and little water to the brinjal.Mix them carefully and cook them for another 8-10 minutes.(At this point you have to make sure that the eggplants and the stuffing inside are thoroughly cooked in oil before adding the leftover stuffing).
  • check  if the eggplant  is  well cooked.Take it out of heat and serve.


  1. Asha said,

    Looks delicious to me. Sambhar pd already has all the masala we grind anyway, why now make it easy on us! 🙂

  2. kalpana said,

    Thank you asha.yeh..i cook just about anything with sambhar powder.It adds so much flavor to the dishes 🙂

  3. homecooked said,

    Looks wonderful! I guess the addition of sambahr powder must have enhanced the taste.

  4. kalpana said,

    yeh homecooked..i often use sambhar powder in place of chilli powder…it really tastes good.Thank you homecooked 🙂

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