Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ennai kathirikkai / Stuffed brinjal fry

Whole stuffed eggplant / yennai kathirikkai

I relate this whole stuffed brinjal with a story I read very long back in Ambulimama:) It is the story of a wise boy and the king's feast to commons.

The story is as follows:
The king who has heard about the intelligence of a local boy wants to test him. So the king asks him to tell , which food is tastier in that feast without talking with others or tasting. Within a few minutes the boy runs around and tells the king 'The tastiest one is the Ennai kathirikkai, Sir and the least wanted is So and so vegetable'.
When the king asks his secret, the boy says 'I went to the waste leaf area and no one has wasted a single ennnai kathirikkai and vice versa'.
Its a simple story and I assume that the moral is we can judge the taste of the food while disposing the leaf.(Indian feasts are generally served in fresh banana leaf).

So after reading this story , brothers and myself started craving for that unknown fry. Mom learnt the recipe from her friends and we got our most favorite fry.
Even now myself, hubby and brothers prefer it more than meat....funny thing is I never long for meat if have this ennai kathirikkai:)

Hope you too fall in love with this buttery brinjal fry.



I would like to show you the picture of a rare brinjal I got from grocery stores. Never seen a triplet brinjal before:)



Ingredients:
Brinjal / baby eggplant - 6
Oil to deep fry - 1 cup
(I used corn oil)
Salt - 1 tsp (check taste after mixing with chilly powder)
Red chilly powder - 1.5 tsp
garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
(I used Shan brand garam masala)

Method:

Remove the bracts of the brinjal.
Wash and clean them in running water.

Make two slits in the top and bottom, without cutting it into half.

Place the salt and powders in a small bowl.
Mix them into a smooth paste with 2 tsp water.

Carefully stuff this paste inside the brinjal. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a wok.
Deep fry them, till the skin gets wrinkle and the brinjal turns tender like butter.

Note:
We can coat some oil all over and broil in the oven instead of deep frying. But We can't expect the real taste in that oven method.

Ennai kathirikkai is ready!

Serving suggestions:

Serve as side dish with sambar and rice.

29 comments:

sowmya.s said...

I love this too..but never tried making it..my mom used to make some powder filling and then fry the brinjal with that powder stuffed in it..should try making it sometime..

Katherine Jenkins said...

Everything looks delicious!! There is a gift waiting for you over on my blog. Peace to you, Kathy

Katherine Jenkins said...

Everything looks delicious!! There is a gift waiting for you over on my blog. Peace to you, Kathy

Gita said...

Thanks for posting this recipe dear..looks so good...I would definitely try this :)

Anu said...

Looks delicious...

Prathibha said...

very simple and nice recipe dear

Tina said...

Looks yummy and delicious...

Sushma Mallya said...

its so easy and so delicious as well

Priya said...

SUch a delicious ennai kathirikkai Viki..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Tripple brinjal looks cute...love that simple recipe of brinjal...

shanthi said...

Delicious

Nandini said...

Like the glossy texture of the kathiri! I also read that story when I was a kid!

Asha said...

Give me Eggplant anytime, slurp.

Siddhi S said...

hey nice n simple recipe...luks gr8

Viki's Kitchen said...

Sowmya: yes dear, Try this . You will love this very much.

Kathy: Thanks dear. I feel honored to get such an appreciation from a writer like you. I will make a post on this.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Gita: Thanks Gita. This is what I did for New year along with aviyal as side dish. I published it immediately just because you asked..I am sure you will love it.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Kitchen flavors: Thanks dear. I adore miracles like this:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Anu, Prathiba, Sushma,Tina, Priya, Shanthi,Siddhi: Thanks for those sweet comments my friends..
Asha: Yes dear. I too love brinjal at any time , with anything:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Nandhini: Thanks dear. When I was a kid, before knowing the facts on diet...I was addicted to this fry:)
You too read that story? Hugs dear. Very glad to know that. Even now I love kids books and comics like Rani comics, Lion and Indrajal , which we collected long before. certain things like this never bore me:)

Akal's Saappadu said...

yenna kathirikka recipe super-ooo super!!

I haven't known this recipe so far, sounds easy to do yet very delicious I'm sure;
I get these indian kutty brinjals only in Indian stores, so once in a month, when I go there, I buy them; they taste yummier than the giant ones I get in my local stores!

ambulimaamaa kadhai very interesting, smart boy, hihhiih, nice story!!

Ammu Madhu said...

delicious dish.

Ramya said...

Love u'r template..Ennai kathrikkai looks sinfully delicious

Cham said...

very simple and delicious brinjal!

nisha said...

First time here , you have a lovely space. I'm sure i'll keep coming back for your traditional recipes.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice story dear...yummy recipe..who can say no this yummy yummy......?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks for your kind words my friends!

suvaiyaana suvai said...

i loe this too!!

Priyameena said...

Me too a big fan of Ambulimama stories..Brinjal looks totally Yummy and glazed..

Yasmeen said...

Simply delish baingan fry :D