Friday, December 25, 2015

Posted by Mala at 1:00:00 AM No comments
This is truly a South Indian delicacy!!! Roasted and ground fresh spices are stuffed inside brinjals, and then roasted to perfection. This curry can be used as a side dish or can be mixed with rice and eaten, with a drizzle of ghee or gingely oil.  This curry is called "Bharwa Baingan" in Hindi.

Purple medium sized Brinjals - 6-7 (check for small holes and buy firm, shiny ones)
A pinch of salt

To roast and powder
Channa dhal - 3 tsps
Coriander seeds - 4 tsps
Jeera - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 6
Hing powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
1 tsp oil to roast
salt to taste

To Season
Gingely oil - 3 tbsps
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Hing powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch/ dinner
Prep time: 15 mts; Cooking time: 20 mts

Serves 2

Wash the eggplants well, and drop them into a bowl of boiling hot water, allow to soak for 10-15 mts

Then remove from water, wipe them with a clean cloth, , and slit into four. Keep the stems intact.

In a pan, add 1 tsp oil, add all the ingredients mentioned above for roasting

Add the curry leaves too, and continue to roast

till they become golden in colour.

Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then powder, adding enough salt for the powder

Stuff the eggplants with the powder fully.

Keep them in a microwave steamer, and microwave for 5 minutes. This ensures, the powder is well stuck within the eggplants, and they will not fall out.

after 5 minutes of steaming

In a broad nonstick pan, add oil, add turmeric powder, hing powder and mustard seeds

Then, carefylly place the stuffed eggplants one by one. Keep the flames on the lowest.

Add a pinch of salt, for the outer skin of the eggplants

Allow to get roasted well, sprinkle 1-2 tsps of the spice powder, and also a handful of water, to enable the eggplants to get cooked well.

Done to perfection!

Remove and keep aside.

Serve hot with steamed rice, sambar or morekuzhambu or vathakuzhambu. It goes with everything.
Enjoy any kind of combo on a rainy day, and it is awesome!

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