Thursday, August 13, 2009

Masala Brinjal ( Spicy eggplant curry)

Brinjal or eggplant or Begun in Bengali is a very low calorie fruit but used as a vegetable. It is high in water content and excellent source of Folic acid and Potassium. It helps to block the formation of free radicals and is very common vegetable in Indian households. I've tried this recipe from an Indian recipe site but lost the link. It's a keeper recipe, I'm telling you. Goes very well as a side dish with chapati, Paratha or even rice, too.

Ingredients :
Long/oval Purple Bringal : 2
Onion(medium) : 1 (chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste : 1 tblsp.
Tomato(medium) : 1(chopped)
Green Chilli : 1
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder : 2 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 1 or 2 tsp. (+ or - accr. to you)
Coriander powder : 2 tsp.
Cashewnut : 7-8
Dessicated or fresh cocconut : 1/2 cup
Oil : 3 tblsp.
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :
  • Cut the brinjals in medium chunks. Add salt and keep aside. Make a paste of cashewnuts, green chilli and coconut. Set aside.
  • In a pan, add 1-2 tblsp. of oil, fry brinjal pieces until lightly browned. Sqeeze out as much oil possible and keep them aside.
  • In same oil, add rest of the oil, temper with mustard and cumin seeds. When they start to crackle, add chopped onions, fry till they get soft and lightly browned. Add ginger-garlic paste and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a cup, mix all the powdered spices with 3 tblsp. of water and a pinch of salt. Add this mixture to the pan. Cook till 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well. Saute until tomatoes softens and oil seperates.
  • Now add coconut-cashewnut paste and mix well with the spice paste. Stir for 2 minutes, then add fried brinjal pieces. Mix well and add about 1/2 cup of water. Season with salt, but in small amount, not the whole as it's a dry gravy dish, so add rest of the salt when you have your desired gravy. Cover the lid. It will take about 5-7 minutes as brinjal cook real fast.
  • When gravy thickens, check the seasoning, take the pan out of the heat. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot..................
Sending this yummy side dish which goes very well
any Indian bread to Viki's Kitchen who is hosting an event named "Side dish for chapathi"


Anonymous said...

Luv brinjal dishes...ur recipe is new to me...looks really delicious!

Chitra said...

I loveeeeeee brinjals..This looks yumm..:) will try this for sure !!

Priya said...

Seems liks a rich curry with eggplants, very new to me!

Parita said...

Hmm that really looks masaledar curry!

Purva Desai said...

First time to this lovely blog this looks appetizing and a complete different kind of preparations

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Indrani said...

Thanks, Sangi, Chitra, Priya, parita was really awesome..try sometime
@ purva, thanks for droping by my blog...nice that you liked my blog

Divya Vikram said...

Brinjal looks delicious and tangy with all those masalas!

srikars kitchen said...

Nice brinjal gravy.. looks yummy..

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