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ULLI VANKAYA PULUSU (Ennai kathirikkai kuzhambu, Eggplant in tamarind sauce)

Mmmmmmmm this is really yumm to your taste buds... Do you think why ? yah because it is spicy, sour, sweet and also salt what else we need in a dish. This is one of the South Indian gravy( kuzhambu or pulusu) in which cute little small eggplants are added to the tamarind with combination of freshly ground spice masala. It goes very well with rice served with pappad, vadagams. Perfect for a lunch menu and also goes very well with idli, dosas and aapam too. Try it out to tickle your tongue....

Ingredients :

Small eggplants(Brinjal) - 10
Shallots or Big onion - 15 shallots or 2 onions cubed
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized (pulped)
Channa dhal - 1 tbsp
Urad dhal - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Fenu greek - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 6 or according to ur spicelevel
coconut grated - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp
Tumeric - 1 tsp
Salt and Sesame oil(Gingelly oil)
Mustard , curry leaves for seasoning
Coriander for garnishing

Method :

1. Slit the brinjal and put in the water diluted with 1 tbsp milk so that it will turn color. They should be slitted to 4 or 6 leavening the top portion uncut. So that they remains the whole shape with the slits.
2. Take a teaspoon of oil in the frying pan and fry the dhals, coriander seeds , jeera, fenugreek, chillies everything one by one till roasted golden brown and make a powder out of it by adding the coconut too. Keep it aside.
3. In a wide frying pan add some oil saute the onions and vegetable.
4. Fry until they are slightly brown and add the tamarind extract.
5. Once they get cooked add the ground powder, tumeric, salt , jaggery and enough water.
6. Cook for sometime. Once they are slightly thickened. Season with 4 tbsp oil and mustard , curry leaves.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Note :

1. This tastes so so good next day too. All the flavors gets incorporated into the brinjal and taste awesome.
2. To reduce the cooking time you can add the veggies, onion saute in the pressure pan add all other ingredients with 4 tbsp of oil pressure cook for 1 whistle keeping in high flame then season with mustard and curry leaves. This procedure saves time too.

Vani  – (July 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM)  

Oh, yum! Love anything with eggplant :)

Srilakshmi  – (July 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM)  

looks so good! Never tried this before, Beautiful presentation as always :-)

Ann  – (July 20, 2009 at 2:49 PM)  

Great presentation, looks mouth watering

Shabs..  – (July 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM)  

Looking sooo good...wonder when i will make anything with eggplant....I have never made anything with aubergine, just because my husband hates it in any form....urs is makng me the look of the pulusu...pls give me some....

Kalaivani  – (July 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM)  

One of my favorite kuzhambu.looks so yummy.Nice presentation.

Kalaivani  – (July 20, 2009 at 3:37 PM)  

Hi dear,please check the post miss the 'P' in Eggplant.:)

Unknown  – (July 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM)  

PAvi ennai kathrikkai kozhambu is my fave..Ur platter is tooooo gud..Loved all the pics

Chef Jeena  – (July 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM)  

This looks really beautiful I love the long dish you serve i in and the rich brown colour of the sauce is so appetizing to me as I love dark sauces YUM.

ARUNA  – (July 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM)  

wow never tried this pulusu but it looks all yummmm.....will give it a try sometime!!!

Dori  – (July 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM)  

I just bought baby eggplants from the farmers market, this looks great to try!

Pooja  – (July 20, 2009 at 7:02 PM)  

Looks so delicious! I rarely make something with eggplant. Loved the dark colour of the gravy and the serving dish. That is a lovely meal!

Anu  – (July 20, 2009 at 7:14 PM)  

Looks so delicious and yummy... As usual beautiful presentation....

kittymatti  – (July 20, 2009 at 7:21 PM)  

wow! my it with taro root curry! the pic looks so inviting!

Urmi  – (July 20, 2009 at 7:46 PM)  

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
I liked your blog very much.I appreciate for the wonderful presentation with mouth watering photos.I will definitely try this recipe.Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog.

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (July 20, 2009 at 7:57 PM)  

Lovely eggplant... I love eggplant is all forms - yours looks different...

Sanghi  – (July 20, 2009 at 8:07 PM)  

Hi Pavithra, Delicious eggplant curry! If you wish you can send this to my FIL-Brinjal event! Do check my blog for details..!:)

Raks  – (July 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM)  

Mouthwatering kuzhambu! drooling over here:)

Unknown  – (July 20, 2009 at 8:54 PM)  

Love eggplant and this is one of my favorite kuzhambu. Looks delicious and a very nice presentation.  – (July 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM)  

I'm not too fond of brinjal. But I do like all the blend of sour and spice in most dishes.

Varsha Vipins  – (July 20, 2009 at 9:10 PM)  

One f ma fav Pavi..n ur decor is amazing..rice n pappadam with ..yumm..:)

Anonymous –   – (July 20, 2009 at 10:06 PM)  

Eggplant is my fav ever..this pulusu looks so yummy in tamarind sauce..great presentation Pavithra

EC  – (July 20, 2009 at 11:13 PM)  

You always tempt me with the way u present the dish..nice one

chef and her kitchen  – (July 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM)  

I just love this..Nice combo with rice...pass me that plate for lunch today..

jayasree  – (July 21, 2009 at 1:19 AM)  

This is in my to-do list for a long time. Tempting presentation as usual.

LifenSpice  – (July 21, 2009 at 2:11 AM)  

as you said really yummy for the taste buds! I love eggplant in any form:)

lata raja  – (July 21, 2009 at 2:21 AM)  

You are right. They are delicious.I don't use onions.Shall try with onions next time.

Vrinda  – (July 21, 2009 at 7:48 AM)  

Lovely eggplant dishes..looks yum

Anonymous –   – (July 21, 2009 at 8:21 AM)  

Never tried before, looks soo delicious...xxlnt presentation as usual...

Gita Jaishankar  – (July 21, 2009 at 8:44 AM)  

Wow Pavithra...can I join you lunch? Thats an awesome platter...all of my favorites :)

Indian Khana  – (July 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM)  

Wow interesting recipe and wonderful clicks...looks super yum

Hari Chandana P  – (July 21, 2009 at 10:16 AM)  

Wow.. looks soo tempting and spicy... chala bagundi..lovely presentation dear!!

Sakshi  – (July 21, 2009 at 11:04 AM)  

I love brinjal but at the moment am totally in love with your long white boat shaped dish....

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (July 21, 2009 at 11:04 AM)  

Oh... wow.. looks droolworthy. Good one.

sree  – (July 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM)  

Mouthwatering pulusu..never made it this lovely array of eggplant recipes

Nithya Praveen  – (July 21, 2009 at 2:28 PM)  

Anything with banana...and am in for it.Lovely one!

Pavithra Kodical  – (July 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM)  

Well spread..Love eggplant, and this looks delicious.

Reeni  – (July 21, 2009 at 5:53 PM)  

I've never heard of this dish before! I love eggplant and tamarind - I would love to try this. It looks delicious!

Rush  – (July 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM)  

is it the eggplant week? the curry and the decor as usual is simply fab!

Vikis Kitchen  – (July 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM)  

Ulli vankaya pulusu makes me drooling. Nice presentation.

Karine  – (July 21, 2009 at 10:04 PM)  

It looks delicious! I would love to try it!

Unknown  – (July 21, 2009 at 11:39 PM)  

oh!ur eggplant looks soo tempting..
lovely presentation pavitra :)

Ammu  – (July 22, 2009 at 12:34 AM)  

Yummy ! mouth watering dish. Lovely presentation. Especially the bowl u served.

Parita  – (July 22, 2009 at 3:43 AM)  

Eggplant in tamarind sounds delicious! never tried this though, will definately try once!

Unknown  – (July 22, 2009 at 4:57 AM)  

wow what a presentation pavi looks great and delicious recipe mmmm mouthwatering.

Shri  – (July 22, 2009 at 7:15 AM)  

So yummy & lovely presentation!

dsdsds  – (July 22, 2009 at 4:44 PM)  

looks awesome... i love eggplant in any form.. and kathirikai kuzhambu is a classic.. this platter looks very pretty!!

Mangala Bhat  – (July 23, 2009 at 7:10 AM)  

wow! nice presentation dear drooling here .Lovely recipe :)

Sowmya  – (July 23, 2009 at 8:17 AM)  

Pavi dear...The pulusu looks awesome...I love this dish. Just made it a couple of days back.

Your choice of kitchen vessels and the way you present is fabulous. Really really a big kudos for your great efforts..

Laavanya  – (July 23, 2009 at 10:55 AM)  

I always salivate when I hear this dish's name - perfect in every way.

Anonymous –   – (July 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM)  

wow, this is so mouthwatering.

lissie  – (July 25, 2009 at 6:56 AM)  

awesome presentation! yummy recipe...great combo with rice!

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