Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala | Brinjal Coriander Masala

Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala | Brinjal Coriander Masala

Kathirikai Kothamalli masala | Brinjal Coriander masala


Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala is a flavorful and aromatic dish that originates from South India. This traditional recipe combines the earthy flavors of tender eggplant (kathirikai) with the freshness of coriander (kothamalli) and a blend of spices.

This delicious dish is known by different names in various regions. In Tamil Nadu, it is called "Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala." In Kerala, it goes by the name "Vaazhuthananga Malli Masala." No matter what it's called, this dish is a crowd-pleaser all over South India, with each region adding its own unique touch to the recipe.

It is believed to have originated in Tamil Nadu and has been passed down through generations as a treasured family recipe.

The flavors in Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala are deeply influenced by the abundance of fresh ingredients available in South India. The use of eggplant, also known as brinjal or aubergine, is a staple in many South Indian dishes. The addition of coriander, a widely used herb in Indian cooking, adds a burst of freshness to the dish. The unique combination of spices and the cooking techniques  are what give this dish its distinct taste and character.

Kathirikai, or eggplant, is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits. It is a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals while being low in calories. The high antioxidant content in eggplant is known to promote heart health and reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Kothamalli, or coriander, not only adds a vibrant green color to the dish but also brings a range of health benefits. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, and has antioxidant properties. Coriander is also known for its ability to freshen up the breath, so you can enjoy this dish without worrying about post-meal breath odor!

In addition to the main ingredients, Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala also includes a medley of spices, onions, ginger, garlic, and curry leaves. These ingredients not only enhance the flavor profile of the dish but also offer a range of nutritional benefits. Spices like turmeric, cumin, and chillies provide antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Onions are packed with vitamins and minerals, while ginger and garlic are known for their immune-boosting properties. Together, these ingredients create a flavorful and nutritious dish.

This is a versatile dish and can be modified according to your taste preferences and needs, for example you can make this recipe as a gravy by adding water, garam masala and tomatoes. You can also add lemon juice at the end to elevate the flavour profile.

Check out how to prepare this yummy flavourful Kathirikai Kothamalli Masala recipe below.


Brinjal-1/4 kg cut length wise
Onion-2 nos chopped 
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Red chillies -1 no broken
Oil -1-2 Tbsps 
Salt to taste

Grind together

Coriander leaves -generous handful 
Green chillies -5-6 nos
Garlic-4-5 nos
Ginger -1-inch piece
Grated coconut-2 Tbsps
Tamarind piece-small gooseberry sized

Recipe Video 


👉Wash and cut the brinjal into lengthy pieces.Keep soaked in water until use to prevent browning.

👉 Grind the ingredients for masala with very little water to a coarse paste.set aside.

👉 Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and allow it to splutter.
👉Add the onions and sauté well.

👉 Add the brinjal and turmeric powder, sauté well for 2 minutes then sprinkle little water and cook covered until 3/4 th done .

👉Add required salt and the ground coriander paste  mix everything gently and cover the kadai and cook for another 2-4 mins.Then remove the lid and continue to sauté in medium flame until the brinjal gets slightly roasted , drizzle little oil if needed.

👉Switch off the heat, serve hot.

Preparation Time -20 mins
Serves -4

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