Kathirikkai Karamani Arai Puli Kuzhambu | Thatta payaru Kathirikaai Kara Kuzhambu | Black Eyed Beans and Eggplant Tamarind Curry is a tasty, spicy, tangy gravy which goes well with hot steamed rice.
At last I’ve come out with this post, nearly after 3 week’s time. If I give some gap, I find it very difficult to fall back in the groove & follow the routine. Though I had the photographs of this dish on hand, I didn’t feel like writing for all these days. Ofcourse, there are so many other important activities going on in my family. That may be the reason, why my mind is reluctant to work in the usual manner.
Coming to the recipe, “arai puli kuzhambu” means the “usage of half the quantity of tamarind that we use for regular puli kuzhambu”. Arai means “ ½ - half”. The tanginess of this curry is partly from tomatoes and partly from tamarind. The main ingredients, karamani and brinjal are the perfect duo, adding unique flavour & taste to this tangy curry. I’ve used baby brinjals for this kuzhambu. You can also use any bigger variety of brinjal, provided they are tender.
You can also try Thatta Payir ThanniKuzhambu..
Recipe for Karamani Kathirikkai Arai Puli Kuzhambu | Thatta payaru Kathirikaai Kuzhambu| Black Eyed Beans and Eggplant Curry:
Cuisine : Indian| South Indian
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking time : 15 Minutes
Serves – 4
- Thatta payaru | Black eyed beans – ½ cup
- Baby Brinjal – 5 Nos
- Shallots (chopped) – 10 Nos
- Garlic – 5 pods
- Tomato – Medium ( finely chopped) – 2 Nos.
- Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Tamarind – small gooseberry size
- Salt to taste
- Sesame Oil | Gingelly oil – 2 tbsp
- Mustard – 1 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds | Vendhayam – 1 tsp
- Asafoetida| Hing| Perungayam- ¼ tsp
- Curry leaves – few
- Wash and pressure cook thatta payaru| karamani with enough water for 3 whistles. Wait till the pressure goes off.
- In the mean time, soak tamarind in a cup of water and keep the other ingredients ready.
- If you are using baby brinjals, cut the stem and give 2 slits form the top till 3/4th of the brinjal so that the brinjal remains intact. If you are using bigger variety, just cut into 4 pieces lengthwise. Keep these cut brinjals in water till you cook.
- In a kadai, heat oil and season with the items given under “For Seasoning”.
- Add shallots & garlic and sauté till the onion becomes golden brown.
- To this add the cut brinjals and sauté for 5 minutes in simmer till the brinjal’s skin colour changes evenly.
- Add finely chopped tomato and sauté till it becomes mushy.
- Then add all the spice powders and sauté till the raw smell of the masala goes off.
- Add the darined thatta payaru and mix everything with the masala.
- Finally add the water drained from thatta payir, tamarind juice & required salt and bring it to boil.
- Check for salt, spice and consistency of the gravy and add more if needed.
- Cook in simmer with the lid covered for about 10 minutes.
Spicy, tasty Karamani Kathirikkai Arai Puli Kuzhambu is ready to serve. It goes well with steamed rice. Any veg kootu, sutta appalam, keerai masiyal are the best combinations!
- Adjust tamarind according to the sourness of tomatoes.
- If you are using Country tomatoes| Naattu thakkali, reduce the quantity of tamarind accordingly.
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