Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brinjal curry / potato curry with podi (masala powder)

Side dish is important in our daily menu. My mom does at least 2 side dishes, one gravy for rice, without counting of rasam . But for me to make one side dish, I always scratch my head everyday! How I could make the same veggie without much work and tasty!
A curry could be either dry fry (varuval), stir fry (vathakal), steamed (vega veittal), or with podi.
Podi (masala powder) vegetable has a different taste,slightly crunchy and nutty. It could be prepared without any aisle. This curry is classified under dry category, which goes well with sambar, rasam or curd rice. One of the popular veggie is often used with podi is brinjal, next come potato. The podi can be used in green banana, taro root, sweet potato, etc.
I will give the podi recipe in smaller quantities. If you are a person who like less spicy, reduce the amount of chillies to 6, u can always add chilli powder and salt while cooking.
Podi for curry
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Ingredients:

Bengal gram/channa dhal:1 tsp
Urad dhal:1 tsp
Coriander seeds:1 tsp
Dry chillies: 8 num
Hing: ¼ tsp/ or small piece
Salt: ¾ tsp

Method:
Dry roast all the ingredients except salt, cool it and grind slightly coarsely with salt.

I triple the quantity and store it in small bottle, I can use less or more according my quantity of vegetable.
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Brinjal curry with podi
Ingredients:
Brinjal:
5 or 6 small purple, washed halved and cut lengthwise
Podi (masala powder): 1 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric: a pinch
Seasonning:
Mustard seeds:
½ tsp
Curry leaves: few
Oil: 2 tsp

Heat a pan with oil, add the mustard seeds, when they start to pop, add curry leaves, the brinjal , turmeric and sprinkle the powder, mix thoroughly and cook in medium heat covered. If you think, it is less spicy u can always adjust with chilli powder. Fry well, until the brinjal turns soft. The curry will not take more than 8 minutes in stove.
It is excellent with rice and gravy!
Potato curry with podi

The podi can be used in potato too.
Same method, use 3 medium potatoes, peel it and dice it .Follow the same method used for brinjal.
Sending to WYF: side dish event hosted by EC
Both side dishes are simply easy and can be made under 15 minutes, I am sending to Mahimaa's kitchen for her 15 minutes cooking event.

71 comments:

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi cham, could not see the pictures, may be some uploading problem. Is this podi is same as the one you all use with idli mixing with oil.Defintely to be tried in regular cooking.
joining after a long gap.

Madhu said...

Pudis are very essential at my home too.. Use them for all sorts of south-indian dishes.
Love pudis with brinjal.Aloo curry looks yum.

Pooja said...

Yummy podi cham..It should taste tself heavenly with a gallop of ghee in hot rice..Quick and yummy curries...

Ushanandini said...

Home made podis are really wonderful.Beautiful pictures!
Saves time!:D

Asha said...

I don't like making side dishes too except pickle and papad with rice and sambhar although I like to eat them if somebody else makes it for me!:D

Podi looks wonderful, Brinjal and Potato both are perfect for chapatis as well. Good one Cham, podi is a great entry for 15mins.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Ideal podi for different curries, I must try making your podi soon. Both the curries look delicious :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Too good Cham..That brinjal dish is superb..!!Thanks for the podi recipe..I usually make it on time for the particular dish I am cooking.But when life gets busy,this idea of storing ahead does a great help..:)

Laavanya said...

I just use sambar powder or chilli powder - this looks fabulous and I can't help but drool at how perfect both dishes look - the brinjal and the potato. Ultimate.
My mom always made 2 veggie side dishes too everyday.

Divya Vikram said...

Even i think a lot everyday before deciding upon what dish to make! Thanks for the great recipe Cham!!

Sujatha said...

Wow,Brinjals look terrific.. drooling! This podi seems to be universal.. sounds great with any kind of curry!

Priyameena said...

Brinjal with podi curry looks yummy!!

Deepa Hari said...

Curry looks different and great Cham....simple and delicious...Bookmarked it...am gonna try this.

LG said...

Even I love veggies with podi. We call it palyada pudi and I think we have cinnamon in it too :) I will try your version this time.

A_and_N said...

The podi rocks. My MIL makes it too.

And I love the potato with podi. I've never made potato with Podi, Cham. Must try!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

potato looks perfectly roasted cham. and brinjal podi curry looks yummy. that's the only dish i like using brinjal... and baingan bartha is another fav.

Lavi said...

I have memorised the amount of ingredient's, will try this,Potato poriyal look's so inviting!

Prathibha said...

loved the brinjal curry dear..Nice podi too..

Vani said...

We use a pudi called Palya pudi for dry bhajis. the resulatant curry is not so dry though because of the way we cook the veggies. LOVED the look of the brinjal with pudi. Gotta try it your way. Do you not add any water for cooking the brinjal?

Priti said...

Both the curry looks yum Cham....gud idea of using podi :)

Sanghi said...

easy spicy podi.. Love the brinjal fry.. yummy..

Suparna said...

hi cham,
podis are a great help for quick cooking. Ultimate time saver which results in great tasting dishes.Both the curries look heavenly.Thanks for the recipe.
TC

Rachel said...

A multiuse podi. very useful.

Cham said...

Anamika:The podi is used only for veggies.
Vani In both recipes, i didn't use any water. Keep the flame in medium or low and cover the pan

vidhas said...

I love egg plant. We also make this podi, when you stuff inside some small brinjals m its yum!!

DEESHA said...

wow, tht simple & amazing .. looks really really good .. drooling over those veggies now

Priya said...

Both side dishes looks terrific Cham, thats an excellent podi..potato curry makes me hungry...lovely entries!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice podi and yummy recipes with it.....

Kayal said...

Simple and Delicious curry. I always love the brinjal curry in any form.

Happy cook said...

Wow love both the curries with podi, i love the potato the most.
I never do side dishes , lazy :-)

Sandeepa said...

Is this gun powder ? How do you make gun powder Cham , the one they serve with ghee

Sandeepa said...

BTW tried a version of your Pepper mushroom with some variations. Loved it

AnuSriram said...

Podi sounds Interesting! Makes the cooking easy! Lovely curries...

Ashwini said...

I too scratch my head daily to do any side dish. We too do pudi for curries. This looks little different. Bookmarked it. Brinjal and potato looks yumm..

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

We make something similar too!! Its amazing how handy these pudis are....

Cilantro said...

Podi`s come in handy, saves time too. Brinjal is my fav....looks spicy with the podi. I add cumin to the podi.

Madhumathi said...

Curry looks fantastic!i should make this podi and try both the curries!Nice entries for 15 mins cooking.

Soma said...

This is really a cool recipe. I have a podi powder already made, a little different than yours. But the next time i make eggplant I am definitley doing this! we all love eggplant & i never used the powder to cook eggplant. I have used it in beans,potatoes & other dry things. I'll let you know.

Mallugirl said...

wonderful podi!! they really enliven the dishes and make life easier in one go.

Cham said...

Sandeepa: I ve blogged dhal powder which is served with ghee. Check the chutney/dip/podi drop down menu. Thanks for trying p. mush, guess u liked it.

Suma Rajesh said...

my mom too makes same podi and brings for me whenever she visit my place in mangalore..i too use in brinjal curry..both looks great..btw a small treat for u on my blog..plzz take it..

bee said...

thak for reminding me. i have this podi an that podi in my freezer and don't know how to or bother to use them.

Adlak's tiny world said...

crispy raosted curries tempting me to snatch the bowl to my place cham.

Vibaas said...

i like the podi sertha kaai too. looks yum. nice click, cham.

romaspace said...

this podi is really handy. Can be preserved in an air tight bottle and used when required. Veggies look delicious...

Uma said...

I love this podi. I always store in bottle for use in curries. Both the curries look mouth-watering Cham! You say you love me, but how come you don't send these yummy goodies to me? :)

sowmya said...

good one..for some differnt taste for the usual veges..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Will try this podi soon. Potato curry looks awesome....Brinjal sounds new..

sra said...

I have several podis at any given time and most often, used them to make stuffed brinjal with some onion added to the mix!

EC said...

We also make the same podi..except that we add salt and hing later while making the dish..thanks for the easy and tasty dishes

meeso said...

Looks easy and very tasty!

ARUNA said...

wow this podi looks sooo good. Brinjal and that podi is a deadly combination, i just love it with hot rice!!

Srivalli said...

Thats a lovely podi..great pictures!

Raaga said...

Amma always used podi for ennai katrikkai... my classmate's mom used it for potato... I love the potato version as much and each time I make potato roast, I add some ;-)

Love it.

Miri said...

That is such a time saver to have that podi at hand!

Purva Desai said...

Nice idea of using podi in these curries......

Yasmeen said...

spicy podi,I love to stock up such versatile masalas:)

n33ma said...

I use the same podi minus the hing and I love it especially with ivy gourd.

Archy said...

Nice simple curry powder, shall try this soon wid potato.. Nice entry Cham !!

notyet100 said...

umm,,looks delicious nd perfect with dal chawal,..

homecooked said...

This looks so good! Podi is really useful in making such simple and delciious dishes.

Akal's Saappadu said...

looks appetizing; I mix podi with sesame oil and take as a side dish for dosa/idli;

have never used it for veggies, will try that sometime :)

I feel lazy to do side dishes too, always try to make one maxi :)

Anand said...

Mine is gonna be an off beat comment. Loved the wayu hv taken care that ur pics arent stolen....or even if they were...ur blog name shows on em. The watermark is kool.


Besides this....loved urblog though Im not much of a foodie doodie dude.
:-)

rahin said...

Nice recipe Cham both the brinjal n potato look awesome

Vicky Xavier. said...

The podi recipe is very useful. Started making immediately:) How can I not grind this yummy podi after seeing ur crispy brinjal!

Sireesha said...

Home made podis are really delicious and nothing can beat it..

How r u cham?

Malar Gandhi said...

I do use this podi on brinjal...but never tried over potatoes...a must try one, looks so delicious.

VIDYA VENKY said...

hi cham,
first time to ur blog..love ur posts

Curry Leaf said...

Love the post and the desciprion you gave for the different types of curry.I too make a similar powder and the brinjal which I normally avoid is perfect with the podi.Yum.I have not tried the podi with potatoe thgh.Lovely entries

Jamie said...

Cham the veggies look great. Our Nana loves brinjal, but to be honest, I don't care for it. He made me try it once about 6 years ago, and have not had it since! But being a simple Irish girl, I love my potatoes! Great post :)

Pavithra said...

Beautiful pictures...I love this items going to grab it

Sushmita said...

I tried this recipe with brinjals and podi. It turned out to be one of the tastiest brinjal recipies I ever made. My hubby is a huge fan of brinjals and I am sure this will make him happy. Thanks.