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Kathirikkai Thokku - How To Make Brinjal Thokku Recipe

Simple and easy side dish made with brinjal and garlic that's is served along with rice.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3


  • Brinjal - 1/4 kgs
  • Garlic pods - 10 to 15
  • Curry leaves. - 1 sprig
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Vengaya Kari vadagam - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 3 tsp


  • Slit the brinjals into half lengthwise and further cut each half into pieces. Immerse in water to prevent discolouring.
  • Pressure cook chopped brinjals in 1/4 cup water and tip the contents in a colander for the excess water to drain completely. Keep aside.
  • Peel and crush the garlic pods slightly with a pestle or chop finely.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add vengaya Kari vadagam and let it splutter, then add urad dal, curry leaves and cook for 10 seconds.
  • Add crushed garlic and cook for 1-2 mins over low flame.
  • Add Sambar powder and mix well.
  • Mash the brinjal slightly and add it to the pan.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Cook for 1-2 mins over low flame.
  • Serve mixed with hot rice or as a side dish to sambar or rasam sadam.