Cook's Hideout: Vankaya Kottimeera Karam Kura (Eggplant in Cilantro Gravy)

May 10, 2007

Vankaya Kottimeera Karam Kura (Eggplant in Cilantro Gravy)

I love anything made with eggplant (brinjal) and this is one of my absolute favorite recipe (I know I said the same thing for a lot of my other eggplant recipes and they all countJ). This dish tastes delicious and the aroma of cilantro cooking with eggplant is just wonderful. I used small Indian brinjal and I think they have the most flavor compared to Japanese or American eggplants.

Indian eggplants – 10 – 12, cubed

For the Masala paste:
Cilantro (coriander leaves) – 1 cup
Green Chilies – 6 (or according to taste)
Ginger – 1” piece
Grated Coconut (fresh or dry) – ¼ cup
Salt – ½ tsp

For popu:
Chana dal – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Red chilies – 2 (optional)
Curry leaves – 6

  • Grind all the ingredients for the masala paste with water. Add just enough water to grind, so that the paste is not too thick or too runny. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add the popu ingredients and after the seeds splutter and the dals turn light brown, add curry leaves and eggplant pieces. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the eggplants are half way cooked.
  • Mix in the cilantro paste and salt; cover and cook until eggplants are completely tender and the masala paste doesn’t smell raw anymore. This will take 10 more minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice and dal for a wholesome meal.

This is my entry to this RCI-Andhra event hosted by Latha (@ Masala Magic).


  1. wow!!!...too good ...i love eggplant ..thks for sharing

  2. looks very nice green color,diffn type of masala to use, Ever since started bloggling i am learning various types of masalas to use!

  3. Green masala Eggplants! Looks delicious Pavani.I will try it,thanks:))

  4. Pavani,

    I love vankaya kottimera karam too, looks delicious.

  5. This is so good and comfort food. I'd love to try this with some ghee, rice and mudda pappu.

  6. Wow. Eggplants with cilantro.I had no idea about this. Will give it a try.

  7. Pavani,

    Tons of thanks for that curry. I made it yesterday and it vanished in a whiff, believe me :) Pls keep them coming.


  8. Hi Pavani,
    Nice recipe and picture looks perfect.


  9. eggplants in cilantro gravy... wow that sounds delicious, yummy!

  10. Hi Pavani, looks delicious and must be tasty too, because it is with cilantro....right? Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe. Will try soon...

  11. Yet another Eggplant dish to try. Thanks for sharing. Your recipe sounds really interesting.

  12. this one!I learnt this dish from my Pinni(mother's sister)when I was staying at her place while doing my PG..looks great.Another great choice for RCI andhra


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