Kathirikkai Masiyal | Brinjal Masiyal
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Kathirikkai Masiyal | கத்திரிக்காய் மசியல் | Brinjal Masiyal

Kathirikkai Masiyal is a tamarind based kuzhambu made using brinjal and green chili as a key ingredients. This tangy kuzhambu is a great accompaniment to Pongal, Idli and Dosa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Accompaniment, Kuzhambu
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil Brahmin, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • 5 Brinjal Finely Chopped
  • 1 Gooseberry Size Tamarind
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped, optional
  • 5 Green Chili Slit
  • 1 tsp Rice Flour
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • a Pinch Fenugreek Powder

For Tempering

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Split Urad Dal
  • Few Curry leaves


Soaking Tamarind

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for about 10 mins and extract the juice

Cooking Onion and Brinjal

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions till translucent. Add the chopped brinjal and green chili to the pan.
  • Saute the brinjals in medium flame till the brinjal is cooked completely. Once the brinjal is cooked completely, mash it nicely. I used a potato masher to mash it. We can also use curd beater.

Cooking with tamarind water

  • Then, add the tamarind extract along with salt and boil the tamarind juice for about 5 mins
  • Meanwhile, mix rice flour with a tablespoon of water and stir well without any lumps
  • Once the raw smell of the tamarind goes off, add the rice flour paste and give a good mix. Finally add grated jaggery and teared curry leaves the masiyal and swtich off the flame

Tempering Process

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add the split urad dal and fry till light golden color. Add curry leaves and give a mix. Switch off the flame
  • Add this tempering to the Brinjal Masiyal and give mix.
  • Serve this tangy and spicy Kathirikkai Masiyal with Ven Pongal, Dosa or Idli and enjoy this delicious accompaniment.



  1. We can add a teaspoon of grated jaggery to enhance the flavor of the masiyal
  2. You can skip the onion and make it no-onion / no garlic kuzhambu


Serving: 0.25Cup | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g