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Brinjal Curry | Katharikai Podi Curry

A tasty, and zesty dry curry to pep your meal - here comes the brinjal/ aubergine or Indian eggplant dry curry recipe with freshly ground spices.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: TamilNadu
Keyword: brinjal curry, katharikai podi curry
Servings: 4
Calories: 177kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Hing
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 6 Brinjals
  • 1.25 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp Besan
  • 4 cups Water

For the Spice Mix



  • Chop the onion into small cubes.
  • Chop the brinjals lengthwise and soak it in water. Soaking prevents the brinjal from turning brown.


  • Dry roast the coriander seeds, channa dal and red chili until the channa dal turn brown or until you can smell the aroma.
  • Allow it cool and then grind it into a powder without adding any water and set it aside.
  • Now heat a kadai or pan and add oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, and hing. Allow it to splutter and then add the chopped onion and curry leaves.
  • Sauté until the onion turns translucent.
  • Now drain the water and add the brinjals. You don't need to pat the brinjals dry. Add it with the moisture.
  • Now add the salt and the freshly ground coriander spice and mix.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Now remove the lid and cook for a couple of minutes so that all the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add the rice flour and besan and cook over low flame for 5 minutes. Rice flour and besan adds some crispiness.
  • That's it katharikai podi curry is ready. Serve hot with rice.


  • I used the graffiti variety eggplant. You can use any variety. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your preference.
  • You can either add chickpea flour or rice flour or a mix of both for the crispiness.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 1020mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 74.2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2.3mg