Vegetarian hotels means delicious “puli Kuzhambu”/Tamarind curry or the vathal kuzhambu thats served with that thaali meal. I got a pack of Adzuki Beans or thattai payaru from the local Indian store and have been patiently waiting to buy that striped brinjal which is not widely available across Vegetable markets. While the Eggplant the massive purple ones frequent the markets, the smaller ones do not. I enjoyed the curry as much as I enjoyed making them.It tastes best with rice. Gingelly oil /nallennai is used for this recipe and makes a huge batch. I plan to freeze some for later.
Serves : 5-6
Adzuki beans : 250 gms soaked overnight (8 hours) – Refer Notes
Brinjal : 2 Medium
Onion : 2 Medium, chopped fine
Tomato : 2 Medium, chopped
Tamarind : small Lime sized soaked in 1/4 cup hot water to extract pulp
Chilli powder : 2.5 tsp
Coriander powder : 1.5 tsp
Turmeric : 3/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste : 2 tsp
Gingelly /nallenai : 3 Tbsp (Yes we need this for the flavours)
Garlic : few small cloves, peeled (optional)
Coconut : 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp
Fennel seeds /saunf : 1 tsp
Pressure cook the soaked beans for 2 whistles on low heat till just done. They should be just cooked right and not mashed up. Transfer
To the same pressure cooker/pressure pan add the oil, curry leaves, onion, and ginger garlic paste and saute well. Add the garlic if using
Add the tomatoes followed by powders. Saute till the tomatoes are cooked
To this add the brinjals and drumsticks. Saute for a minute.Add the tamaring pulp (approx 1/4 cup) and fry for about 2 more minutes
Add 1/2 cup water to this along with 3/4 tsp salt Pressure cook for about 1 whistle on medium. Set aside.
Grind the coconut and fennel seeds to a smooth paste adding about 1/4 cup water.
Open the cooker and add the beans and about a cup water. When it heats up, add the ground paste.Let it boil till oil surfaces a bit. Serve.
250 gms was a little too much. You could measure less and adjust water to your required consistency.
Brinjal : Asian food store Henley Beach Road
Drumstick : Findon fair price vegetable shop