Chettinad kathrikkai podi varuval- eggplant fry

eggplant roasted
Are you pro eggplant/ aubergine or anti-eggplant? Well, I am totally a pro eggplant person. Bring it to me in purple white green or any other colour, bring it long, short, thick or thin, I guess I have a huge stack of recipes I have to make each one.

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The primary reason for the love towards the brinjal (aubergine) is nothing but the fact that I have seen them grow in all sorts of shapes and colours on our terrace garden all through my childhood. Mom will plant white ones, long green ones or plump purple ones and dad tends to them as if they were his babies, checking every leaf and watering them with care. They both get extremely excited when the first batch comes and come up with their own list of to-dos. Finally, they will agree upon one for the day and so on.
Today is one such recipe they both love.  Mum usually keeps a stock of the masala powder used in this recipe when it is the season. Sometimes using it to fill in the slits or otherwise sprinkling over the roasted ones.
We have further stretched out the recipe by using it as a filling for our wraps, topping some crostini or just lazily munching them up. for a traditional Indian sort of lunch-pair it up with coconut milk sambhar and steamed rice.
This recipe is the one I chose for the A to Z recipe collection towards the alphabet out for the amazing collection of recipes with Ingredients from the Alphabet E from my fellow bloggers. I really don’t want to think beyond eggplants when there are so many varieties you can do with the Eggplant( aubergines.)
So far on the blog, you will see
Since this is from my mum and dad it is a part of the Cooking from a Cookbook Challenge too.
Hope you like this spicy and flavourful recipe.
eggplant roasted

Chettinad kathrikkai podi varuval

roasted eggplant salad with spices
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course sidedish, Soups and salad
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, One pot, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


vegetables and essentials

  • 8 small eggplant round or long ones
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

for the spice mix

  • 3 tbsp Channa Dal bengal gram dal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 slithers tamarind
  • 1 tbsp peanut
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds black
  • 5 dry red chillies
  • 5 Black pepper
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup coconut grated

for tempering

  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal black gram dal
  • 1 tsp Channa Dal bengal gram dal
  • 10 curry leaves


To make the spice mix

  • In a flat pan, dry roast the dals for the spice mix. roast till golden brown and set aside on a plate to cool.
  • On top of the roasted dals, add the turmeric and the tamarind slithers.
  • In the same pan add the peanuts and roast them till crisp, add to the dal mix.
  • Roast the grated coconuts on a gentle flame till aromatic and golden brown and add to the dal mix.
  • Follow the dry roast with coriander, dry red chillies,curry leaves, sesame seeds and black pepper.
  • Allow all the spice mix to cool and then powder it to a fine texture.

to make the roast.

  • Wash and slice the eggplants ad long thin wedges.
  • In a pan add oil and as it warms add mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal.
  • When the mustard splutters and the dals turn golden, add crushed curry leaves.
  • Now add the eggplant wedges and saute well.
  • Once the eggplants are seared sprinkle a bit of salt and turmeric powder and set on a low heat to roast gently.
  • Cover and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Now sprinkle the prepared spice mix and toss well
  • Simmer further and let each wedge roast, absorbing the flavours of the spice mix.
  • Takes about 10 minutes
  • Now the eggplants are well done and ready to serve.


Use a heavy pan to do the roasting as you will get perfect crisp slices then.
Once sauteed you can even bake these mixes in spices.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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The Girl Next Door
2 years ago

My mom makes this curry and I absolutely adore it. She makes it finger-lickingly delicious, just like yours looks.   Got to learn making this now.

MildLy indian
MildLy indian
Reply to  The Girl Next Door
2 years ago

Yes moms have these Special trickS up thier sleeve

2 years ago

Love katthiri in general and this dish sits at the top of my favourites. Today I shall also make a similar dish but with snow peas for my son who unfortunately detests this wonderful offer from the Solanacaea family.

2 years ago

This curry looks so flavourful. I love baingan and will surely try it out.

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago

Hubby and I are big fans of brinjals and any new way of making them is most appealing to me. Bookmarking your recipe to out this Chettinad style eggplant sabji.

2 years ago

I am a super duper pro-eggplant person! I can eat it everyday without getting bored 🙂 and I love your spice mix.. can totally see using it with other vegetables too!
Thanks for sharing!

Priya Suresh
2 years ago

Serve me this eggplant fry with some hot piping rasam rice, i just love these sort of simply stir fries to enjoy without any fuss.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
2 years ago

That podi that is going into that varuval sounds phenomenal! So much flavor… Sounds truly delicious…

geetha priyanka
2 years ago

This stir fry sounds easy to make yet flavourful. I love all the spices that goes in this dish. Perfect to enjoy with rice and dal.

Sujata Roy
2 years ago

I love eggplant in any form. And this curry looks so flavourful and mouthwatering. I will try it soon. Fabulous share.

Poonam Bachhav
2 years ago

I always look for new eggplant varieties to try out as both Kiran and I adore this fruit. Love your version Seema. Looks absolutely delish !

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
2 years ago

We love eggplant in any form and we also grow a ton of them in summer. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try soon as I love Chettinad cuisine.

2 years ago

Yummy and tempting, loving the flavours here. Looks tempting

2 years ago

I love the spice mix you have used; the spice appeals to the Andhra in me. And since brinjal is a favourite in my home, this will be a welcome recipe.

Vidya Narayan
2 years ago

Kathrikai with podi and stir fried – All sounds a big Yes to me! I adore aubergines in any form and varuvals are especially fuss free and delicious if you have a flavourful spice mix like this one.

2 years ago

The chettinad style of eggplant curry looks lovely & the color is totally beautiful. This is very similar to the way my mom-in-law make it at home. Delicious share

Vanitha Bhat
2 years ago

We can never have enough recipes to make baingan! This one with so many aromatic spices I am sure tasting superb! Must try this soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing dear!

2 years ago

These pan roasted eggplants are looking so tempting Seema. Love to mop up with some roti !

2 years ago

Never tried Eggplant this way!! With all the spices this one is sure a dish full of flavours. Will surely try this with the spice mix.

2 years ago

Now this is one delicious eggplant recipe I want to try asap. I love the use of the podi in the vegetable. Sounds yummy and since I have a lot of the podi I better use up what better way to get the vegetable not liked by the girls into them.

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