Kongunadu Kathirikai Rasam Recipe – Spicy & Tangy Eggplant Rasam

The Kongunadu Kathirikai Rasam is made from ‘pinju kathirikkai’ or baby brinjals which is flavoured with coriander seeds and fresh coriander leaves. Farm fresh brinjals bring out the maximum taste into this rasam.  Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant), Tomato, Tamarind Water, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Salt, Coriander (Dhania) Seeds, Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal), Cumin seeds (Jeera), Dry Red Chillies, Garlic, Whole Black Peppercorns, Curry leaves, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, Ghee, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Dry Red Chilli, Curry leaves, Asafoetida (hing)   10 Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) 1 Tomato , finely chopped 1/2 cup Tamarind Water 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) Salt , to taste To Soak and Grind 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds 2 teaspoons Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal) 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 2 Dry Red Chillies , (adjust according to the heat of the chilli) 4 cloves Garlic 1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns 1 sprig Curry leaves 4 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped To Season 2 teaspoons Ghee 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 Dry Red Chilli , cut it into smaller pieces 5 Curry leaves , tear them roughly 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)     10   30     To begin making the Kongunadu Kathirikai Rasam Recipe, soak the coriander seeds, tuvar dal, cumin seeds, dry red chillies, garlic pods, peppercorns, curry leaves, coriander leaves,  for 30 minutes and then transfer to a mixer jar and grind them to a fine paste in a mixer grinder.Cut the crown of the baby brinjals and slit cutting just half way through the brinjals.Place the tamarind water in the sauce pan along with the slit brinjals, tomatoes, turmeric powder and salt. Cook this until the brinjals have softened. Once the brinjals have softened, add the freshly ground rasam masala, 2 more additional cups of water and salt to taste.Bring the Kathirikai Rasam to a brisk boil. Once it comes to a brisk boil, turn the heat to low and simmer the rasam for about 10 minutes until you notice it starts to froth up.At this stage turn off the heat.