Friday, May 6, 2011

Kathirikkai Murungakkai Masaal- Chettinad Style / Drumsticks and Eggplants in Spicy Tomato Sauce..

For people who are familiar with the Chettinaad cuisine or who hail from there, the word Kathirikkai (eggplant)and Murungakkai (drumstick) would definitely strike a chord! The combination of these two lovely vegetables cooked along with some spices totally seduces our taste buds! It is a very classic Chettinaad dish and I first got introduced to the dish when I was staying in a PG Hostel during my spinster days. I did not know what is was then, but just knew that it tasted heavenly!
I have tried to keep the dish authentic as far as possible, altering it very little to my taste.
Here goes the recipe:


Small Brinjals - 5 nos. or Chinese Eggplants- 1 no. cut into long pieces

Fresh Drumsticks - 2 nos. chopped into finger size pieces or 2 cups of frozen ones

Tomato- 1 medium chopped into big pieces

Onions- 1 lagre or 3 medium ones cut into thin slices or 1 cup of Pearl onions

Garlic- 3 pods chopped finely or minced

Sambar powder / Rasam powder- 2 Tbsp

Red chilly powder- 1/2 Tsp

Turmeric- 1/2 Tsp

Salt to taste

For the Tempering:

Oil- 2 Tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1 Tsp

Fennel seeds- 1 Tsp

Curry leaves- a few (optional)

Chopped cilantro for the garnish


1.Wash and chop the veggies into long pieces.

2.Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and fennel seeds and saute the onions, garlic and tomatoes one after the other in order.

3.Add the eggplants and saute well and add the drumsticks next with a little turmeric and about 2 cups of water.

4. Mix well, cover and cook on medium heat till the drumsticks are soft and cooked but not mushy.

5.Add salt , sambhar powder and chilly powder and cook for a few more minutes till it forms a nice gravy. You can cook it dry or leave it as a gravy as per your taste and requirement. I personally like it as a gravy and not too dry.
6.Switch off the heat, sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top and let sit covered for a few minutes till the flavors are absorbed.

7.You can pair it with hot steaming rice, idlis, dosas, rotis or even curd rice which tastes the best.

Makes an excellent side dish for ghee rice or Kuskha.

Note: Some people like more of drumsticks in the dish and keep the eggplants less whereas some like to add equal quantities of both. You can alter the quantities of veggies according to your taste.


  1. d spicy hot color..pass me d plate plz..last pic is awesome..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  2. That was pretty fast Jay! Thanx so much!!

  3. Hungry Hungry :) I happen to see your blog during lunch time and girl it makes me more hungry :). Great dish.

  4. Yummy curry with my favorite veggies....

  5. Thanx so much Kavitha and Latha!

  6. The curry looks super yummy...would have tasted great with ghee smeared rotis.

  7. Thanks Raji, it sure did!

  8. The curry looks very lovely...So spicy...

  9. Thanx Nandini and Kaveri..

  10. Great curry , I love eggplant and I love drumsticks, so both together is heavenly for me ~ the spice blend used here is exquisite!
    US Masala

  11. Love this thokku curry.. love it !

  12. This is a lovely combo! Am bookmarking it!