brinjal sambar recipe, kathirikai sambar recipe | quick brinjal sambar recipe

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brinjal sambar recipe with step by step photos – a quick and delicious south indian kathirikai sambar made with small brinjals or baingan.

i make sambar and rasam very often along with vegetable side dishes. as they are easy to make and healthy also. thus i have shared many sambar and rasam varieties on the blog.

apart from the kerala sambar and udupi sambar that i make, this is my go to recipe for making sambar with any veggies, be it aubergines, colocasia, drumsticks, spinach or even mixed veggies. few more sambar recipes on the blog are:

  1. hotel style tiffin sambar
  2. tomato sambar
  3. drumstick sambar
  4. arachuvitta sambar recipe.

in this kathirikai sambar recipe, i have use homemade sambar powder. now when using sambar powder, always make your own if you can or buy a good quality sambar powder. my mom always make sambar powder and gives it to me. so i don’t need to make a batch for myself. also i have a kerala shop near my place, which sells a really good sambar powder. i don’t remember the brand, but it is good.

for this brinjal sambar i have used the tiny brinjals with thorns on them. they are also called as gavti brinjal. these country brinjals are green in color with thorns on the stems and are generally used for making bharli vangi (stuffed brinjals). however, any brinjal or aubergine would be good in the sambar.

i have used pressure cooker for cooking the dal and then cooking the brinjals too. however you can also use a pot for cooking the dal and the brinjals. this is a quick recipe of making sambar… and one i often resort too when i have less time.

if you are looking for more baingan recipes then do check:

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar recipe below:

brinjal sambar recipe
4.84 from 6 votes

kathirikai sambar recipe | brinjal sambar recipe

brinjal sambar recipe - quick and delicious south indian sambar made with small brinjals

course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 3 -4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for brinjal sambar:

  • 200 grams brinjals (baingan or aubergines)
  • 1 small onion, quartered or sliced
  • 1 medium sized tomato, quartered
  • 1 cup pigeon pea lentils (tuvar dal or arhar dal)
  • 1 tablespoon seedless tamarind + ½ cup water
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2.5 to 3 teaspoon sambar powder
  • 2 or 2.5 cups water
  • salt as required

for tempering brinjal sambar:

  • 12 to 15 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 3 to 4 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • ¾ teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • ¾ teaspoon spilt and skinned black gram (urad dal)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida or 1/8 teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 2 tablespoon groundnut oil or coconut oil or vegetable oil

how to make recipe

making brinjal sambar:

  1. soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup water for 20-25 minutes.
  2. squeeze and extract the pulp from the tamarind.
  3. keep the tamarind pulp aside.
  4. boil the tuvar dal with onions and a pinch of asafoetida powder with 2.5 to 3 cups water in a pressure cooker, till soft and completely cooked.
  5. quarter or chop the brinjals.
  6. soak them in salted water for 15-20 minutes.
  7. once the pressure settles down, open the cooker lid and mash the dal with a wooden spoon.
  8. now add 2 or 2.5 cups water, chopped brinjals, quartered tomatoes, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder to the dal.
  9. stir and pressure cook again for 1 whistle.
  10. let the pressure settle down. the brinjals would be cooked by now.
  11. now add the sambar powder, tamarind pulp and simmer the brinjal sambar till the rawness of the tamarind goes away and the whole mixture has well blended flavors and taste.

making tempering for brinjal sambar:

  1. in a small pan, heat oil.
  2. add the mustard seed and urad dal.
  3. splutter the mustard seeds and brown the urad dal.
  4. add red chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida. fry for some seconds.

  5. stir and immediately pour the tempering mixture on the sambar.
  6. cover with a lid, so that the flavors get absorbed. open after 4 to 5 minutes.

  7. garnishing with coriander leaves is optional.
  8. serve the brinjal sambar hot with steamed rice.

how to make kathirikai or brinjal sambar recipe:

1. soak 1 tablespoon of seedless tamarind in ½ cup water for 20-25 minutes.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

2. squeeze and extract the pulp from the tamarind. keep the tamarind pulp aside.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

3. add 1 cup tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils or arhar dal) with 1 small quartered onion and a pinch of asafoetida powder (hing) with 2.5 to 3 cups water in a pressure cooker.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

4. boil till soft and completely cooked.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

5. quarter or chop 200 grams brinjals (baingan). soak them in salted water for 15-20 minutes.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

6. once the pressure settles down, open the cooker lid and mash the dal with a wooden spoon.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

7. now add 2 or 2.5 cups water and chopped brinjals.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

8. also add 1 medium sized quartered tomato.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

9. add salt as required, ½ teaspoon red chili powder and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder to the dal.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

10. stir and pressure cook again for 1 whistle. let the pressure settle down. the brinjals would be cooked by now.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

11. now add 2.5 to 3 teaspoons of sambar powder and tamarind pulp.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

12. simmer the sambar till the rawness of the tamarind goes away and the whole mixture has well blended flavors and taste.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

13. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for the tempering.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

14. in a small pan, heat 2 tablespoon oil. add ¾ teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai) and ¾ teaspoon urad dal (split and skinned black gram).

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

15. splutter the mustard seeds and brown the urad dal.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

16. add  3 to 4 dry red chilies, 12 to 15 curry leaves and 1 pinch of asafoetida.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

17. fry for some seconds.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

18. stir and immediately pour the tempering mixture on the sambar.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

19. cover with a lid, so that the flavors get absorbed.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

20. open after 4-5 minutes.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

21. garnishing with coriander leaves is optional. serve the brinjal sambar hot with steamed rice.

kathirikai sambar or brinjal sambar

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



25 thoughts on “brinjal sambar recipe, kathirikai sambar recipe | quick brinjal sambar recipe

  1. Dassana you are the best!!! Wondering….I’ve been using Indican brand Toor Dal (Canada) – but it never cooks to a mushy paste as it should. I have to pressure cook Toor Dal separately for 20 minutes to get it to the proper consistency. Toor Dal is not supposed to take that long to soften. What brand do you use? This recipe is superb, but I would appreciate if you could give me the brand Toor dal you use!

    Love your recipes immensely!!!

    • Thanks Annu. I use organic 24 mantra brand. use the fresh stock. but organic pulses usually take longer time to cook. try soaking the dal for 30 minutes.

  2. I tried this and was a super hit. Amma told it tastes like authentic wedding sambar.

    • Thanks Meghana for giving this awesome feedback.

  3. Hi Dassana,

    Thank you for this recipe. I have tried veg manchurian gravy style, raw banana curry and a lots more. All of them are very well made and even for a non – cook, its easy to understand picture by picture. I have been cooking vegeterian for almost 14 years now and have few recipes like Aloo Idli, Masala Kadlehittu (Masala Besan Flour Mix) etc that I have made. Would you want to try them too?

    I also have the app downloaded, so that in case of any new recipe being tried, I make sure the ingredients do not get missed out at all, else I would end up getting a different taste. If its good, well, I am spared, else …. FIRED 😀

    Thanks again!

    PS – I cant rate any recipe on any of the pages.

    • thanks sri for the feedback on the recipes you have tried so far. nice to know about your cooking expertise in vegetarian cuisine. you can share the recipes. i will give a try.

      rating is working on the desktop. i will check about the rating issue in the app. thanks for letting me know.

      • Hi Dassana,

        I shall send the recipe in sometime. Please help me out with the email address so that I could send out the snaps taken in a zip format and send it across with the steps taken to make the recipe.

        The rating is not working on the desktop. App on the mobile does not have any option to give feed back, write comment, nothing. We can just use it to search the recipe and that’s it.

        • fine sri. right now i am not sharing pics on the fb page. so for pics let it be. recipes you can share in the comment section, whenever you have time.
          rating is working on the desktops. i will still check. about the app also i will check.

  4. thank you for the brinjal sambar recipe.As I am single now, the quantity I cooked (following your instruction,) became more. anyway, it was nice to eat with rice.

    • thanks for the feedback king. the quantity is for 4 people. next time you can reduce the recipe by half.

  5. This is a very versatile recipe. I used a bunch of vegetables (potato, squash, tomato, green bean) instead of brinjal. I made it without pressure cooker (cooking vegetables in a separate pot, then combining). It still turned out great. I like that the only oil is in the tempering at the end.
    One question about the tamarind. How brown/sour is sambar supposed to be? I added 1 teaspoon of tamarind concentrate (not the pulp) and it turned out browner than your photo above. I actually liked the flavor more before I added it.

    • thank you. sambar is one such recipe where various veggies can be used or even can be made with just one veggies. the browness varies with color of the tamarind paste/concentrate and the color of sambar powder. usually it is more yellowish than brownish. i think the tamarind got too much. concentrate is more thicker than the pulp made with dried tamarind. i would suggest to add first 1/4 tsp. check the sourness and add more 1/4 tsp if you feel its less. the sourness of sambar is not pronounced or hitting the palate, but yes you do feel the sourness when you taste sambar which balances with the additional flavors in the sambar.

  6. Thanks for posting this recipe dassana. I tried sambar for first time and it really came out well. All your recipes are really superb . A big motivation for begginer like me in cooking 😉

    • welcome kaavya. thanks for motivating me with this feedback. it matters to me.

  7. Hi there, I love your blog! I am just wondering what oil you use for tempering? Thanks!

    • depends on the dish – sometimes i use coconut oil, sometimes peanut oil and sometimes sunflower or rice bran oil.

  8. What to do with the Tomato? You haven’t mentioned it !!!

    • the tomato is added when brinjals are added. thanks. i will update in the post.

  9. i love the flavour of kathirikai in sambar. my mom uses the small baby brinjal and adds it just by slicing into it and not chopping. i am too lazy to go hunting for that so use whatever variety i can get

  10. Hi Dassana,
    I am a new blogger. I came across ur blog when I was searching Garlic bread… Nice Blog to look around…
    Nice recipe too….We make it with moong dhal…

    • thanks divya.

  11. I love Kathrikai sambar as well perfect with some potato roast on the side 🙂

  12. how can i make sambar powder at home… will be a great help.. thanks

    • its very easy to make sambar powder. i know the method, but right now i don’t have the proportions of the spices, since i have to make the powder first. i won’t give you some rough or approx measurements as there should be a balance in the overall power. before i post the sambar powder recipe, you can google and you will get sambar powder recipes online.

  13. My favorite sambar of all, we make differently though 🙂 Now I am feeling hungry!

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