Kathirikai-Mochai Kottai Kara Kuzhambu – Mom’s Inspiration!

Kathirikai-Mochai Kottai Kara Kuzhambu – Mom’s Inspiration!

Brinjal-Val Beans Kuzhambu

Other Names:Eggplants-Val Beans in Tamarind Based Curry. Vengaya Pulusu. Kathirikai-Mochai Payaru Puli Kuzhambu.


Brinjal/Eggplants 4-6 sliced
Val Beans – Seeds 1 cup(soaked overnight)
Pearl Onions chopped 1 cup
Garlic 5-7 cloves – crushed
Tomato 1 small – chopped
Chili powder
Jaggery/brown sugar 1 spoon
Sesame oil 1 table spoon
Thalippu vadagam
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 1 pinch
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Dry chili 1 minced
Curry leaves few.


Pressure cook val-beans, and set aside. Do not discard the water.

In a wide iron wok, heat about 1/2 table spoon of oil.

Add the garlic, onions and keep frying. Now add tomatoes, cover and cook briefly.

Now add salt, turmeric, chili and jaggery. Followed by vegetables…stir-fry briefly. Add val beans along with its water. Continue cooking over low to medium heat with lid. Once the curry thickens, its done.

In a separate pan, heat oil and add all the tempering spices, wait till they pop and splutter…now run the same over the curry prepared. Yum, right.

Serve warm with plain steamed rice, yep…enjoy:)


21 Responses so far.

  1. Chitra says:

    It is a very good curry. Thank you.

  2. Anita says:

    Looks so perfect. Eggplant is my fav veg, and this is one of the new item for me to tryout.

  3. Paaka Shaale says:

    That’s a superb combo malar. It’s too good a recipe :)

  4. My fav combo.lovely.My mom to prepare this way.

  5. Perfect combo with any thing. Loved it i used to prepare this in india but in u.s these r not available want them eagerly.

  6. I mean that we get these kuind if beans freshly in india. But here we get r the dry one.

  7. Hema Mahen says:

    Kuzhambu looks spicy and delicious…

    Thanks for visiting my blog and the lovely comments… Glad to follow you.

  8. This is really a better way of making brinjal curries

  9. I love this .. my grand ma prepares tis often..c

  10. wow…!!! I got to try this recipe sometimes for dinner….I would love to have it with chapati !!! one quick question…I’m not very familiar with Val Beans …where do I get it ?

  11. Never tried egg plant with mochai kottai..combination sounds great.nice recipe!

  12. Priya says:

    Beautiful combo, my grandma will make the same kuzhambu with some dry anchovies..

  13. Laavanya says:

    What a mouthwatering combination – very tempting.

  14. yum with white rice…

  15. Sounds a delicious curry,thanks for sharing.

  16. Plateful says:

    This dish is new to me though it looks very yummy. The first picture is very good!

  17. Plateful says:

    This dish is new to me though it looks very yummy. The first picture is very good!

  18. Plateful says:

    This dish is new to me though it looks very yummy. The first picture is very good!

  19. Malar Gandhi says:

    Dear Only Fish Recipes,

    I not sure of its Hindi name, dear. It is a dry seed of Indian broad beans, do you think, you can recall from the picture above!

  20. sangee vijay says:

    today i tried this kuzhambu..came out really gud..v liked it very much..i use my homemade vadagam which i brought from india…simply spicy n tasty kuzhambu..thanx for the recipe…

  21. Malar Gandhi says:

    Oh yeah me too love ‘vadagam’ so much…gives an excellent flavor to the dish, right. Thanks Sangee…good to know that you tried this recipe and it turned out great. Thumps up:)

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