Friday, August 8, 2008

Kathrika Pitla (Eggplant Coconut Curry)

This is another recipe I have tried from The Budding Cook within the same week. It came out so good.I made it for the breakfast club my husband belongs to (yeah yeah his club and I cook) and I got fantastic feedback from everyone.Thanks again Budding Cook.This is her recipe.

6-7 brinjals, cubed and placed in a bowl of salted water to prevent discoloration.
A big ball of tamarind soaked in hot water
1-2 tsp brown sugar or jaggery (optional)(I did not add it)
½ cup cooked toor dal/split pigeon peas

For roasting and grinding:
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp urad dal/white lentils
1 Tbsp chana dal/split chickpeas
1 ½ Tbsp coriander seeds
5-8 red chillies
2-3 Tbsp coconut

For seasoning:
I Tbsp Oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp urad dal/white lentils
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch of asafoetida

Cook the eggplant cubes with some salt in the tamarind extract. Add the jaggery. Cook till eggplants are soft.

Add the roasted and ground spice mixture to the cooked eggplants and cook on medium heat for 2-4 minutes.

Add the cooked dal to the above mixture. Add desired amounts of water depending on the consistency required. Cook for 5 minutes or so. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.

In a small pan, heat the oil and add all the ingredients for seasoning. Pour the seasoned oil over the pitla.

This went very well with the Ven Pongal I had made for the club.


Arundathi said...

breakfast club? what do they do?

Bhavani said...

one member makes/gets breakfast for the entire club every friday ..something unique and delicious and they enjoy it together.Isn't it such a great idea.

sriku said...

sounds good to me too! We have a similar kinda thing every friday afternoon..of course I just sample the wares without contributing anything!
I can understand why the Amru's would want a breakfast long can they keep eating doodh and chivda (read cornflakes) :P

Bhavani said...

Actually this club is almost all desis.and i have to tell you everyone makes and gets fantastic dishes.I wish I had one here :) I do have a playdate group and we get to eat each others cooking if we meet up in the morning.we havent done that in a while though.

sriku said...

nice :) have received strict instructions from appa to print all your recipe's :)

Arundathi said...

we're doing a playgroup as well but we're gonna get the kids to cook - like simple muffins, pizza toppings etc.

Bhavani said...

What a great ides.The kids will love it .Let me know how it goes.

TBC said...

Just saw this, Bhavani. Thanks for the mention and the link to my recipe.

Sophie said...

ooo... i am an eggplant super fan! sigh. i want the spicy eggplant sooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

Bhavani said...

@TBC: Thanks for the recipe.You have a great blog.

@Sophie: Thanks for reading. Did you try the dish with the premade packet and how was it?