Cook's Hideout: Therakkal -- Chettinad Eggplant Curry

May 17, 2014

Therakkal -- Chettinad Eggplant Curry

Blogging Marathon# 40: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Unused BM# 39 posts
Dish: Chettinad Eggplant Curry
My theme for the 3rd week of blogging marathon# 40 is 'Unused posts from BM# 39'. I think I speak for the whole group when I say that we were so enthusiastic in trying new dishes from the Indian States that we cooked more than we can post for last month. So Valli gave us a chance to post them this month.
As I was looking for Chettinad recipes to make for Tamil Nadu I found this Chettinad Eggplant Curry from Gayathri's space. As you all know, I see eggplant I make eggplant and that's what I made. I made the curry right away, but I wasn't too happy with the clicks, so I made Chettinad Vegetable Biryani later. These are the original clicks since I didn't get a chance to redo the dish, will definitely try to update the pics some time soon.
Therakkal -- Chettinad Eggplant Curry
This is a very flavorful and spicy dish with the addition of spices typically found in Chettinad cuisine. I ate this curry with just about everything -- rice, roti and even bread. The curry tastes even better the next day when the flavors get a chance to mingle.
Therakkal -- Chettinad Eggplant Curry
Recipe from Gayathri's blog:
Eggplant - 7~8 small, chopped
Onion - 1 large, chopped
Tomato - 2 medium, chopped
Green chilies - 2~3, slit
Dry red chili - 3~4 (adjust as per taste)
Cumin seeds - ½tsp  
Fennel Seeds - 1tsp, divided use
Grated Coconut - 1cup, fresh or frozen
Cashews - 1tbsp
Roasted gram/ Putnalu - 1tbsp
Peppercorns - 6~8
Cinnamon - 1" piece
Salt - to taste

  • Grind coconut, cumin, ½tsp fennel seeds, cashews, roasted gram, green chilies and red chilies into a fine paste.
  • Heat 3tbsp oil in a large pan; add the remaining ½tsp fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Once they turn fragrant, add the onions and cook till they turn golden.
  • Next add the chopped eggplant, cover and cook till the eggplants are almost cooked.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they get mushy.
  • Stir in the ground paste and salt. Add water to get a gravy consistency and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer till the gravy doesn't smell raw anymore.
  • Serve with rice or roti.

Therakkal -- Chettinad Eggplant Curry
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 40.
Also linking it to this week's Fabulous Feast# 15 being hosted by Usha and me.


  1. Well Pavani, when you comes to your pictures it's only you who end up being so such a critic on them..I end always drooling over them..anyway good you guys were so enthu to try so many..very nice curry with eggplant!

  2. Bookmarked. Its too awesome to miss.

  3. I am not surprised you tried the eggplant recipe right away... Curry looks flavorful.

  4. An eggplant lover's paradise for sure!

  5. Love this fantastic curry with some crispy dosas, such a fingerlicking curry.

  6. Not a fan of eggplant but that gravy looks good. Most gravies do taste better the next day, don't they?

  7. well that's your pictures are always so mindblowing because you definitely are a perfectionist as these photos are hardly lacking

  8. This would be a treat for eggplant lovers.


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