Brinjal Theeyal | Eggplant Curry

Vazhuthananga Theeyal \ Brinjal Theeyal


  • 5 to 7 small eggplant, cut in medium pieces
  • 5 to 10 shallots
  • 2 green chillis
  • salt, as needed
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup tamarind soaked in water or use 1 tsp  ready to use tamarind paste
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp freshly ground coriander powder
  • curry leaves ,few
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coconut oil


     Cook brinjal pieces in water adding green chillis,1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt. Meanwhile heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a pan, add dry red chillis and coconut, roast  till brown. Mix turmeric powder, half of the shallots and coriander powder, reduce the heat and fry few more minutes. Let it cool completely, then grind to a fine paste adding little bit of water. Add this paste to the cooked brinjal along with tamarind water. Low the flame and cook covered till gravy becomes thick. Heat oil in another pan, splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Saute curry leaves and shallots.When the shallots turn slightly brown pour this over the curry. Serve with rice.


  1. Tangy theeyal .. love it with plain rice and appalams..

  2. looks very tempting n Irresistible.

  3. Mouthwatering theeyal dear,perfect with steamed rice!!

  4. I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious theeyal;

  5. Theeyal is mouthwatering and is best to have with hot rice.

  6. Yummy and flavorful theeyal Vrinda.

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  8. Theeyal is my favorite,this looks so delicious,perfect color.

  9. Looks delicious and great pics..:-)

  10. I made this last night and added 1/2 lb of sliced okra. I have never made a south indian style curry with a toasted coconut gravy before. It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  11. I made this last night and added 1/2 pound of sliced okra. I've never made (or eaten!) a south indian coconut curry like this- it was delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


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