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Sutta Kathirikkai Thogayal / Roasted Eggplant Chutney

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Sunday, April 7, 2013 | 12:35 PM

There are two groups of people whom we encounter. One who enjoys dishes made with eggplant and the other who does not like the looks of it. Most people think that it resembles a fish and if you are a vegetarian, with that kind of imagination you are not going to be eating eggplant. If you think otherwise, then eggplant might be one of your favorite vegetables. There are many ways of preparing dishes with the eggplant. One very popular and delicious way of using the eggplant is by roasting over fire, pealing off the skin and then using the pulp to create delicious dips or spreads. In south India, a very popular chutney is made out of the roasted eggplant. It is served on the side with rice, roti's, idli or dosai.


Gas Stove / Grill
Frying Pan
Blender or food processor.
Measuring cup and Spoons


Eggplant - 1 
Oil - 1/2 tsp for coating the eggplant and 1 tbsp to cook with
Asafoetida - a small bit
Udad Dal - 1/4 cup
Channa Dal - 1/4 cup
Dry Red Chillies - 12 ( my chillies are not too spicy so, adjust accordingly)
Cilantro - 1/4 of a bunch
Tamarind - small lemon size
Jaggery - a pinch


1. Spread some oil over the eggplant. Place it over the gas stove or grill. And cook it until the skin looks very dark and it starts to peal a little. Remove, place in a covered container and once it cools, the skin will peal easily. Rinse under water to remove all charred bits.
2. Heat the frying pan with some oil. Add the asafoetida and allow it to fry
well. Then add udad dal, channa dal and chillies and roast until the dal turns golden brown. Remove from flame.

3. Allow to cool, add them to a blender along with tamarind, cilantro and a little salt. Blend them into a coarse mixture. Add half of the eggplant pulp and blend well. Add the remaining eggplant, jaggery and blend a little enough to give the chutney the texture. Check to see if there is enough salt.


  1. Wow Easy and a simple one

  2. Never heard if this thogayal.. Need to try it

  3. Its been a while i prepared this thogayal, inviting.

  4. I've never tried a thogayal with eggplant, this looks awesome..


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