August 27, 2011

Katrikkai Pachadi ~ Eggplant Raitha

Need a super healthy, iron and calcium rich, quick to make dish ? Look no further - Presenting Katrikkai Pachadi (Eggplant Raitha / Baingan Raitha). This is one of our family's favourite and goes great with Vangibhath or even hot rice.. I am presenting my mom's version here. Hope you would also like it . Only important point to note is that use firm brinjals, especially one with very less seeds. 

Update : Also linking to Beulah’s Eggplant event, hosted for Nayna.

Sending this to Blogging Marathon - Day 5 for Week 2 under "Cooking under 5 ingredients" or less as also Valli's Condiment Mela and Nayna's Southindian flavours This is an excellent side dish for Molagu Kozhambu + Rice combo (Rice with Pepper Tangy curry). Check my friends from BM here.

Other Raithas you can may like:
Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 15 mins. Serves : 3

  • Firm brinjals (round variety - purple) - 4 nos (medium sized) or 1 no - very large
  • Thick slightly sour curd / yoghurt - 2 cups
  • Grated Coconut - 2 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tempering : Oil (1 tsp) + cumin seeds (1 tsp) + curry leaves + 1 chilly(opt.)
1) Wash and quarter the brinjals. Sprinkle a dash of salt and place in a colander / steamer in a cooker. Steam for 1 whistle. Cool.
2) Whisk yoghurt well with a wire whisk free of all lumps.
3) Take the brinjals from the cooker / steamer and deseed completey. Fluff very very lightly with a fork. Take care not to turn the brinjals mushy.
4) Now, prepare the tempering by spluttering cumin and curry leaves and chillies and add it to the curd. Now add the fluffed brinjal and mix very lightly only once. Adjust salt and other seasonings (garnish). Mix coconut once more and serve immediately or chilled with any Pulav / Vangibhath / flavoured rice . Yum :)


  1. Raita looks wonderful! I have posted a raita too! Is that red garnish Paprika? The whole bowl looks tempting!

  2. very tempting but I probably can't attempt this at home as I am allergic to eggplant and my husband has limited likes :)

  3. @ CL - you are right - its paprika.. and its just too good with this pachadi
    @ Harini - you may want to attempt the same with broiled snakegourd / chowchow - that also tastes yum !

  4. Lovely and delicious recipe.. looks perfect !!
    Indian Cuisine

  5. Even with the bottle gourd this pachadi comes out fine.Looks delicious!!!!

  6. this comes close to the maharashtrian style i mentioned on the other day. Lovely picture

  7. Delicious pachadi,looks superb..

  8. woder y eggplant gives allergy?..Harni like u even i m allergic to eggplants,though used to b my fav...but for sure this raita looks really cool....Kalyani....

  9. Looks cooling.


  10. Pachadi with brinjal sounds interesting. Lovely clicks

  11. Eggplant raita looks nice.

  12. Yummy. I usually broil the eggplants. Never knew they can be steamcooked for raita.

  13. i can eat eggplants only if they r made in this method.. looks good..

  14. Awesome looking eggplant raita.. Love it.

  15. Raita looks fabulous! Thanks for linking it to the event.


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