Thursday, November 1, 2007

Ennai (Oil) Kathirikkai Kuzhambu

This is not just another variation of Vatha Kuzhambu, but a truly enriching experience, both to cook and eat with suda-suda sadham. I learned this from Harini's Amma, and if you don't know Harini or her Amma, wait for some more time. Harini's Amma is one real important person in my cooking life. Will come to that later and lets take a plunge onto the details... (yea, kelambu kelambu kaathu varattum dhan...)

Ingredients
  1. Kutti Kathirikkai (Small Brinjals a.k.a. Egg Plant) - 5 or 6
  2. Puli - a small lemon size
  3. Kadalai Paruppu - 2 tbsp
  4. Milagai Vathal - 6 or 7 (For, 'sema hot machi', use 9 or 10)
  5. Dhaniya - 2 tsp
  6. Perungayam - A small pinch
  7. Kadugu - 1 tsp
  8. Oil - 4 tbsp (Use this
  9. Karuveppilai - 5
  10. Salt - As much as you want
Procedure
  1. Put the tamarind in boiling hot water with salt and leave it for 15 minutes. This will ease your work of squashing the tamarind and getting the water out of it
  2. While the tamarind is soaked, put a heavy vessel on the stove (As usual, I used my vaanali!)
  3. Add a few drops of oil in the hot pan and add the Kadalai Paruppu, Dhaniya, Vatha Milagai
  4. Fry till it turns golden brown and transfer the contents to a mixie. Let is cool for sometime and grind it to a coarse powder (The less oil you use for frying, more powderized it is!)
  5. Wash the kathirikkai nicely in running water and cut the stem. Make sure the kathirikkai's are small, say the size of a plum fruit that we get in India
  6. Now, make 2 cuts in the center of the kathirikkai's, from the top, so that the two cuts are perpendicular. Remember, don't cut it fully and the kathirikkai should be as a whole
  7. Stuff the powder that you just ground in the mixie, in the kathirikkai's (Remember, how a kezhavi in front of our schools would stuff milagai podi in the mango? Do just like that. If you don't know how she would stuff the milagai podi, go to school again and trust me, you've missed a few delicacies in life!). Stuff the powder in all the kathirikkai's and keep it aside. You should have some powder left at this point in time, keep it safe, as we will need it later in the game
  8. Put the same vaanali in the stove and add 4 tbsp's of oil (yes, the kuzhambu should live upto its name, so, we need more oil!). Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let is splatter
  9. Place all these kathirikkai's in the vaanali with great care, make sure the kathrikkai's doesn't break and ensure that the stuffing doesn't pop out totally. (Of course, you can't help a little bit of the powder coming out of the kathirikkai's, but don't turn it upside down and make yourself look like a clown!)

  10. In the meantime, get your tamarind water ready and add it to the vaanali after the kathrikkai's are well fried. Pour it carefully from the sides, so that the kathirikkai's doesn't break
  11. Add salt to taste and let it boil till the viscosity increases, keep the stove in medium flame (The more you keep the more viscous it gets!)
  12. Before you switch off, add the remaining powder and perungayam

Your Ennai Kathirikkai Kuzhambu is all set to be attacked with any of the options I had listed for Vatha Kuzhambu.

Variations: You can add 5 or 6 black peppers with the red chillis, to increase the spice and flavor. (I would be debarred by Harini's Amma though!)

8 comments:

Ganesh said...

nalla udambu arikkum!

Mahadevan said...

paathadhukkae udambu pul-arikudha? kalakarae chandrooo

Suni said...

Hi Maha,

came here via ranjit's blog. I am sunitha and i used to be in his team when he was here in TCO chennai...we have even met once. Dont know if you remember though.

your recipe for the ennai kathirikkai kuzhambu sounds great...This is one of my favourites too...though vatha kuzhambu tops the list!!

Mahadevan said...

I ofcourse remember your Sunitha, THanks for the comments.

Anonymous said...

paakavae sagikala !!!

mani

Prasanna Gopalakrishnan said...

Hi Maha..
Ended up here blog hopping.. nice recipe for enna kathirikkai.. thanks.. i have been looking for one for sometime..

kittymatti said...

You have a nice blog here.. Yennai kozhambu looks great!

Amrith said...

going to try this today. you are hilarious, by the way :D