Kathirikkai Kothsu (Eggplants in tamarind gravy)

Kathirikkai Kothsu is the perfect combination for pongal. The sauteed eggplants with spices and a hint of tamarind makes it a easy side dish for idlis and dosas as well.

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

Chopped onions – 1/4 cup
Tomato- 1
Small purple eggplants-6 to 8
Salt to taste
Sesame oil- 2 tbsp
Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Tamarind- one small key lime size

For the spice powder:
Chana dal- 1 tbsp
Red chilies-6
Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp

For tempering:
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 big pinch
Sesame oil- 1 tsp
Curry leaves- few sprigs


Wash and pat dry the eggplants. Remove the green stem.

Heat one tbsp of oil in a pan and add the eggplants, season with a pinch of salt. Keep the flame on low-medium and let the eggplants sear on all sides, so that the eggplants are tender to touch. This takes about 10-15 minutes. Let the eggplants cool. Once the eggplants have cooled down, smash them with the back of a spoon into a pulp.

Toast chana dal, coriander seeds,red chilies to a golden brown color and blend them together to a coarse powder.

Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water and extract the juice.

Heat oil in a pot and add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add curry leaves and asafoetida. Then add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and saute well.

Pour in the tamarind extract and let the onions and tomatoes cook. Once the gravy is 3/4th cooked through, add the mashed eggplants, the spice powder and mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes and switch off. Make sure that the tamarind taste is not over powering. You can use either tamarind or tomato. If the tamarind is enough for the tangy taste, leave the tomato out of the recipe and proceed like above. You can also increase the quantity of spice powder to make the kothsu more spicy.

Serve hot with pongal, idlis or dosas.

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20 Comments to “Kathirikkai Kothsu (Eggplants in tamarind gravy)”

  1. Looks great Ruchika, I hardly cook anything with eggplant, this may actually inspire me :)

  2. simply.food says:

    This aubergine dish sounds wonderful .I have never cooked aubergines with tamarind before will definately give it ago.

  3. shubha says:

    Probably this is my first time here..and am sure to come back for more. kothsu is my fav..basically anything tangy and spicy wud do and this one sure does look my way

  4. Uma says:

    looks so delicious. New layout looks cool :)

  5. Priya says:

    Kothsu with pongal, am ready to have them daily, my fav combo..

  6. Parad Sharma says:

    Looks very spicy and delicious…
    Eggplant is not my fav dish but I will try to make it

  7. Looks delicious, nice recipe..

  8. Joanne says:

    Eggplant gravy sounds fantastic…the perfect use for some tamarind that I just bought!

  9. Apu says:

    This curry looks very good!! Somehow tamarind and brinjals go really well together!!

  10. Cham says:

    My fav veg and side dish for pongal! Looks absolutely delicious!

  11. sayantani says:

    eggplants are a fav at home but always stay away as it soaks oil like sponge. love the way you used lesser oil for frying this. lovely dish and a must try in my kitchen.

  12. Jagruti says:

    Hey Sowjanya
    how are you?

    eggplant curry looks dilicious and tasty..love eggplant!! never made with Amli…got to try oneday..

  13. PJ says:

    I am a huge fan of this gotsu.Looks yumm!!

  14. Raks says:

    I too make this in a similar way,I have posted in my early days of blogging,make this regularly for idly,love it :)

  15. Kris says:

    yummy I love eggplant!

  16. panchpakwan says:

    Looks delicious.. I to make this often..

  17. I love eggplants and this must have tasted divine… mouthwatering:)

  18. Sashi says:

    Delicious !! I am drooling over the pic !!

  19. Love gothsu, it’s my favorite with pongal!! How are you?

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