Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kathrikkai Masial/ Mashed Eggplant

          For most of the dishes using eggplants/ brinjals I use only the baby eggplants, there are very few dishes that I make with the big eggplant. Today's kathrikkai masial/ mashed eggplant is one of them, it's very easy to prepare and both my husband and daughter love this. It goes very well as part of a South Indian Thali ( rice + sambar + vegetable ) or as a side dish with rotis/ chappatis and also with akki rotis/ flatbreads made with rice flour. The smoked flavor from roasting the eggplants and the tamarind juice added gives a unique taste to this dish..
Need To Have
  • Big Eggplant - 1
  • Thick Tamarind Extract - 2 tablespoons
  • Urad Dal/ Black Gram - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Onion - 1 small, chopped
  • Green Chilly - 1, chopped
  • Grated Ginger - 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 5 - 10
  • Salt - to taste

          Wash the eggplant and roast it on direct fire till the skin is completely charred. 

          Cool it, remove the skin and mash it ( I got 1 cup of pulp), add the tamarind extract and salt and mix it. 

          Heat some oil, add the mustard seeds and urad dal, when it starts spluttering, add the chopped onions, green chillies, asafoetida, ginger and curry leaves. 

          Saute it till the onions turn light pink in color, remove and add it to the mashed eggplant and give it a mix.

You can use the Italian eggplants for doing this.
You can toast the eggplant in the oven ( cut into half and bake or grill ) if you don't like the smoked flavor.
If you can't find tamarind, you can add a big chopped tomato ( sauteed), though tamarind gives a different taste.
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  1. very yummy bharta hema.. like it with roti..

  2. Love this dish because of its smokey flavor.

  3. A very healthy and tasty side dish!

  4. I am a great brinjal lover.Love anything with it.Dish looks very inviting.

  5. Looks wonderful and this masial sounds very delicious and quick Hema.

  6. Kathrikkai masial looks delicious Hema. I love it.

  7. Looks soo tempting n inviting.....

  8. reminds of bhartha.. looks very nice hema!

  9. Its been ages i had this kathrikkai masiyal...love this simple yet delicious side...nice clicks!!

  10. Wow yummy,this is my fav ...love it :)

  11. I am big fan of roasted brinjal. Looks yumm

  12. wow !1 was planning to make this for long..and thanks for the step by step write up..very helpful post. sure its a great side. and hey ! feel free to drop by my space too when you get the time. just posted on some handy parenting tips to "sane motherhood" on my "pick quicks" blog. Hope you will be a follower there as well. lets stay connected, beyond the kitchen.

  13. Your dish reminds of the Bihari chokha which is so similar to this one and I love it! I can imagine how well these flavours blend together - the smoky eggplant and that wonderful aromatic tempering.

  14. Mashed eggplant sounds delicious and inviting.. Wonderful clicks too Hema :-)

  15. Hema this post makes me drool :) i love eggplants this looks like a simple side


  17. Oh I love smokey eggplant! And I adore your blog! Such amazing recipes. It is just a shame that I cannot copy the text - because the way I save recipes I want to cook is by copying them into a word document. Just saving links never worked for me :-)