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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Brinjal pepper kuzhambu is one of the best recipes I learnt from my mom. This is my bro’s favourite recipe too! If my mom makes this, she wont be left with any gravy in the bowl for herself, poor her! We eat twice and empty the bowl!! That much flavourful and a spicy treat!  Do try it yourself to taste this gravy, it is quite different from the usual pepper kuzhambu recipes you find everywhere!

Brinjal pepper kuzhambu recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time15 mins     |  Cook time: 25 mins     Serves: 3


Brinjal - 10

Tamarind - Small gooseberry sized

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Oil - 2 tblsp

To roast and grind

Channa dhal - 2 tblsp

Urad dhal - 1 tsp

Pepper - 1/2 tblsp

Red chilli - 2

Coconut - 3 tblsp

To temper

Mustard - 1 tsp

Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp

Channa dhal - 1/2 tsp

Oil/Ghee - 1 tsp

Asafoetida - A pinch


  1. Soak tamarind in hot water and extract the tamarind juice and keep aside. Brinjal should be cut as shown and keep it immersed in water.
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  3. Roast all the ingredients under the roast and grind table ,in a hot kadai ,one by one till nice aroma rises.
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  5. Grind to a coarse powder.
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  7. In the same kadai add the oil and fry brinjal till it turns its color as shown in the picture.Keep it aside.
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  9. Add a tsp of oil/ghee and add the tempering items followed by curry leaves.
  10. Add the tamarind extract and required water ,salt and bring it to boil and then add the fried brinjal.
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  12. Boil till the brinjal gets cooked and lastly add the ground powder slowly and stir well.
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  • You can adjust the coconut amount. The more you add, it becomes flavourful, the less you add, it becomes spicy!

Boil till thick and have it hot with rice and ghee on top of it!

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  1. Nice step-wise procedure... very clear and beautifully explained.

  2. Hi Rak
    I just loved your recipe... quite easy and well written... but brinjals are always the last veg I would chose..but i guess its gravy would be hot n spice..looks really yummy!!!

  3. Excellent step-by step explanation along with pictures, its easy to follow. Looks yummy.

  4. This is so good and yummy. Will try this kozhambu once. Thanks for visiting my blog. Why dont you join foodbuzz publisher program. If interested mail me to viyer79@gmail.com will send u the referral letter.

  5. Rajeswari, the brinjal in gravy wt pics n directions is marvellous!
    Thanks for ur wishes at my space! Hv a great week!

  6. Wow looks yummy. I love the tabular way of writing posts. Looks neat and clean.

  7. Kuzhambu colour is great and the brinjals must be so well soaked in the gravy & tasty.

  8. Dont need to read the recipe at all. ur step by step tells everything. nics pics and nice recipe.
    Ur kozhukattais too look very nice.

  9. My mom would love this dish.

  10. Love brinjal made any way.Nice step by step procedure.Looks yummy and tempting.I am felling hungry now.

  11. I just happened upon your blog while blog hopping,you have a wonderful blog.loved this Kuzhambu recipe,will definitely try it soon :)

  12. I always drool over these TN specialities.. :P

  13. Brinjal is my mother's favorite vegetable. I think she would love this one.

  14. Hey Rak's
    What is kulambu?
    Am confused.
    Do you know what you call in Telugu?
    Is it like Pulusu or daal?
    Brinjal is my hot favorite.

  15. Nice recipe dear..I never tasted any type of Kuzhambu yet! Will try this one for sure!

  16. pepper kuzhambu looks fantastic!nice step by step pics..your version is different from mine ..will try this for sure!

  17. Brinjal is my favourite vegetable. favourful kulambhu. Awesome clicks.

  18. Going to try this kulumbhu today along with your raw banana dry curry

  19. Hi.. i must admit...guessam almost staking your blog.;-) lol!. You have a great blog with awesome recipes. This one has been one ofmy fav one. V love indian food and ur blog is a one stop place for me. Thanks for great recipes....will keep coming;-)


  20. Oops i meant stalking;-)

  21. hi Raji...

    Must say that your website is a Perfect place to find wonderful South indian dishes... thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us....

  22. hi raks just now made this kulambu.yet to eat.nice aroma...bored of cooking regular sambar and vatha kulambu.so searching for something in ur site.and after reading ur description wanted to make this.thanks to u and to ur mom.

  23. Its very nice & simple recipe with image . thanks ran

  24. Hi raks i tried the kuzhambu last week everyone love it today i am making again thanks for the dish it very simple and authentic


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