Brinjal Fry : Ennai Kathiraikai

Brinjal Fry : The brinjal or eggplant (Hindi : Baingan) is a vegetable available all year round in India. It can be prepared either as a side dish or in sambar and other curry items. Ennai Kathirikai takes some time to prepare, but it is a special item.

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Cooking Time: 30 mts

Servings: 3

Ingredients:

Brinjal (eggplant) : 300 grams
Mustard: 1/4 teaspoon
Urad(black gram) dhal-skin removed: 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek: 1/4 teaspoon
Red chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder: 1 teaspoon
Ginger,Garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup
Tamarind: a small lime size
Tomato: 1
Onion: 1
Brown Sugar, (unrefined sugar or jaggery): 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Oil: 3 tablespoon

Method: Choose small brinjals of same size. Wash and slit the brinjals lengthwise  without removing the stalk.  Without adding oil heat mustard, urad dhal and fenugreek in a skillet. Use a blender or motar and pestle and powder this mixture. Heat the grated coconut without oil in the same skillet and make a smooth paste in the blender.  Chop the onion and tomato fine and set aside. Make tamarind pulp by adding water to the tamarind and set aside.  Heat the oil over medium flame and fry the slit brinjals and turmeric powder covered. Stir the vegetable  occasionally. After 5 minutes remove the lid.  Keep frying the brinjals on low heat for another 5 minutes till they are cooked soft and tender. Remove the brinjal from the skillet and set aside.

To the remaining oil add the chopped onions. When it turns light brown, add the cut tomato, ginger, garlic paste, chili powder, coriander powder, coconut paste and powdered ingredients, tamarind pulp, salt and the cooked brinjals and fry for 3 to 4 mts on low flame. Finally add the brown sugar(jaggery) and mix well.

Tips:
Ennai Kathirikai is a good side dish to be served with biriyani.

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Brinjal Fry
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Vazhakkai Poriyal – Vazhakai Varuval

Vazhakkai Poriyal or Vazhakkai Varuval  is made of raw plantains generally of a certain variety and is a perfect accompaniment for rice dishes. Plantain, a relative of the banana, is a tropical plant mainly consumed ripe. One large type of plantain called “Monthan” is available in South India, where the unripe fruit is cooked and consumed as a side dish with rice.Vazhakai Varuval 1

Servings: 2

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Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Unripe Plantains: 2
Onion: 1
Tomato: 1
Cloves Garlic: 5
Red Chili powder: 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/2 Teaspoon
Oil: 2 Tablespoon

Method:

Peel the skin and slice the plantain horizontally into discs. Chop Onion and garlic fine and set aside. Squeeze the tomato and extract pulp. Mix all the ingredients except oil and marinate the cut plantain pieces in it for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the marinated pieces of plantain on a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring carefully till they slices turn golden yellow and crisp. Serve hot.

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Vazhakkai Poriyal
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