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Kathirikkai-Mocha kottai Kaara Kozhambu (Egg plant-Field Beans Spicy Stew) (Baingan-Val Dal Kozhambu)

October 17, 2013


Mochai Kottai (tamil)  (Hyacinth bean or field bean in English) (Val dal in hindi) – 1 cup

Brinjal/Egg Plant (baingan in hindi and kathirikkai in tamil) – big size 1 or small size 2

Onion – shallots a handful and/or one big size

Tomatoes – 3-4

Garlic – a few flakes

Curry leaves for garnishing

Tamarind paste or tamarind dry – lemon size

Madras curry powder (a mix of red chili and dhania/coriander seeds powder in the ratio 1:1) -4 tsp (Or alternately use (i) madras sambar powder 4 tsp  or (ii) red chili powder – 4 tsps plus dhania/coriander seeds powder – 4 tsp)

Mustard seeds and cumin seeds each 1/2 tsp for tempering

Oil – 1 tbsp




Soak the mocha kottai (hyacinth beans/field beans) (val dal in hindi)  in water overnight.  Pressure cook to medium and keep aside.

Take a quarter cup of tamarind juice or soak a small ball of tamarind in hot water for about 30 min and squeeze out the extract.  Keep aside.

Slice the brinjals and the onions and tomatoes.  Crush the garlic cloves.

Heat a karai/wok/shallow pan and add a tbsp of oil.  When its heated enough, add the mustard, cumin seeds and wait for them to crackle.  Add the sliced onions and garlic  and curry leaves first and stir fry to golden brown.  Add the chopped tomatoes next.  Finally add the sliced eggplant/brinjal and stir for a few minutes.  Add the pressure cooked val da/mochakottai at last and keep stirring for a few more minutes.  Add the curry powder and salt.  Add the tamarind juice.  Add water and let it all simmer for half an hour in low flame.  Add more water and salt if required.  Keep stirring intermittently.  Switch off the flame when you get the desired consistency.

Now piping hot ‘Kathirikkai-Mochakottai Kara Kozhumbu (Baingan-Val Dal Kozhambu)(Fieldbean-egg plant stew) is ready to serve.  This is a very spicy traditional tamil cuisine.  Good for winters.  Can be added to rice or had with any kind of roti/parathas/bread.  Lip-smacking tangy and hot!  Packed with proteins.


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