This kulambu is my mom's favorite dish.
Small brinjal- 6
Tamarind- 1 gooseberry size
onion (chopped)- 1 cup
chilli powder - 1tsp
coriander powder - 2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
feugreek (methi seed)-1 tsp
mustard seeds- 1tsp
curry leaves - 1 brig
sesame oil - 1 tbsp
sambar powder - 1 tbsp
Remove the stem and bracts of brinjal.Wash it thoroughly in running water.
slit half way the brinjals from the stem portion.Do four cuts like this.
Mix 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp salt with little water.
stuff the brinjals with this curry paste.
Fry them in 4 tbsp sesame oil, till the skin of brinjal turns a bit brown color.
Keep the fried brinjals aside.
Extract the juice from tamarind.
Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder to the tamarind extract.
use the same oil in the frying pan.Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
After the mustard gets cracked add curry leaves and half of the chopped onion.
saute them till the onion turns golden brown.
Then add the tamarind extract mixture.
Let it boil for 10 minutes.
Grind the coconut , cumin seeds and remaining onion into a fine paste.
Put this paste into the boiling tamarind extract.
After the raw smell of coconut-onion mixture is gone, add the fried brinjals.
Check for salt and put off fire immediately after the curry starts boiling.
Serves for 4 to 5 people.
Serve hot with rice after dhal rice and before Rasam rice.