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Kathirikai Rasavangi Recipe

Traditional Tamil lentil-based sidedish made with brinjals and freshly ground spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil
Keyword: authentic, Easy Tamil Recipes, South Indian Food
Servings: 4
Calories: 137kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups Brinjals / Eggplants chopped
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • Tamarind small lemon sized ball
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Jaggery
  • A pinch Hing
  • 1 tsp Oil

To grind:

  • 3 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 4 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 tsp Oil

To temper:

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • A few curry leaves


  • Wash and pressure cook the dal for 3 whistles. Switch off the heat and wait until the pressure goes off.
  • Mash the cooked dal and set aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze the extract out of it. Keep it aside.
  • Chop the brinjals and soak them in salted water. Set them aside.
  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add coriander seeds, chana dal and red chillies and fry until golden brown color.
  • Then add the grated coconut to it and saute till the coconut turns light brown. Let it cool completely.
  • Grind the roasted ingredients into a paste with a little water. Keep it aside.
  • Add a teaspoon of oil in the pan. Add the brinjal pieces and saute for a minute.
  • Then add the tamarind extract, salt, turmeric and little water to the brinjal and mix.
  • Cover and cook until the pieces are cooked.
  • When it is done, add the cooked dal, ground coconut paste, hing, jaggery and water (adjust to desired consistency).
  • Combine everything and let it simmer for 1 – 2 minutes. Turn off the flame.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan for seasoning.
  • Add the mustard seeds and urad dal and fry until they are a golden color. Add the curry leaves and stir for a couple of seconds. Pour this over the brinjal mixture and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg