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Thursday, March 12, 2015

I have tried this combo only once in some restaurant by chance, it wasn’t that good, but I thought I should make at home, it would be tasting great. But never had a chance to buy mochai in little India as I go only to Mustafa and come back. Luckily murugan traders opposite to mustafa these days sells all the things I miss and mochai is one of those. I got last week and tried this curry. I think this is end of mochai season, so the mochai are tiny.
Since I have not tried this before, I checked with my friend Sasi for the recipe, she immediately shared (thank you Sasi)and I immediately tried tooBatting Eyelashes. I had this for today’s lunch.
brinjal mochai curry recipe

Kathiriakai mochai curry recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch side
Prep Time:15 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins     serves: 4


Brinjal – 8

Mochai – 3/4 cup

Onion – 1

Tomato – 2

Garlic – 6 flakes

Tamarind – 1 tsp tightly packed

Sambar powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric – 1/4 tsp

Salt – As needed

Oil – 2 tblsp

To grind

Grated coconut – 3 tblsp

Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp

To temper

Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard – 3/4 tsp

Jeera/ cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


  1. Finely chop onion, tomato, slice garlic into thin circles and cur brinjal to 4-6 pieces, keep it immersed in water until use.
  2. Pressure cook mochai with little salt and turmeric for 2 whistles. I used fresh ones, if dry beans, then soak over night and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Heat a kadai with oil, temper with mustard, jeera, curry leaves, followed by garlic.
  3. 2-cook
  4. Give it a fry and add onion. Fry till transparent, add tomatoes, little salt and fry till mushy.
  5. 3-fry
  6. Meanwhile grind coconut and fennel with little water.
  7. 1-grind
  8. Add 1/2 cup water, brinjal, sambar powder, turmeric, required salt and tamarind extract to the kadai. Mix and boil for a minute. Add the ground paste, mix well.
  9. 4-add
  10. Boil until water evaporates. Put flame to medium and cook until the curry becomes almost dry. Add oil to avoid sticking to the pan. Keep stirring now and then to prevent sticking.
  11. 5-fry


    • After you add the ground coconut paste, it tends to stick so turn once in a while. but as it gets cooked, it will not stick, so add oil and cook.
    • Do not add more water, it will make brinjal mushy.

Serve with any kuzhambu or you can also mix with rice as I do with sesame oil.



  1. my mum does exactly same.. Looks so yum! I love this combo one of my most fav combo

  2. Delicious looking brinjal sabji

  3. yummy combo...love to eat with curd rice..

  4. Hi raks,
    daily i wont miss to check ur site for any new updates; I'm great fan of ur's.
    as usual its rocking ;)

  5. Nice combo. Looking delicious

  6. Hi rak
    Am a great fan of urs.. U have helped me a lot as am a beginner in cooking. No words to thank uuu.. Eagerly waiting 4 all ur yummy tasty recipes.. Brinjal curry is so good. Nice clicks. Thanks a lot. God bless u..

  7. Hi rak am a great fan of urs. U have helped me a lot as am a beginner in cooking. Bcoz of u I got interested in cooking.. No words to thank u.. Eagerly waiting 4 all ur yummy tasty recipes. Brinjal curry is so good. Nice clicks. Thank u


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