Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bharwan Baingan/Stuffed Brinjals/Masala Kathirikkai

Here I am with another brinjal recipe. I can’t help it! What else will a brinjal-maniac do? I love brinjals to the core especially I love the green part that holds together the vegetable. It may seem odd, for many or almost everyone leaves behind that even when its cooked in stuffed brinjals.
But I love to eat it because of its texture and that earthy flavour. This is one of the recipes that is a keeper. This is my go-to recipe when the brinjals are of the complete purple variety, fresh, almost of the same size and medium sized.The taste keeps lingering in your mouth that you can't stop with one.M likes it with phulkas while i like it with rice and rasam. It tastes heavenly.
Purple coloured medium sized brinjals-15
Shredded coconut-3/4 cup
Red chilli powder-2 tsp
Cinnamon-1 inch piece
Cardamom-1 pod
Salt-as needed
Oil-3 tbsp
Water-as needed

How it Happened:
1. Wash and pat dry the brinjals.
2. In a blender jar add shredded coconut, red chilli powder, salt, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Give it a blitz.
3. Now add some water and grind it to a smooth paste. Adjust the salt.
4. Take a brinjal, slit it length wise diagonally and spoon in some coconut masala inside the slits.
5. Similarly stuff all the brinjals and set aside.
6. Now heat oil in a kadai, add the brinjals slowly or the oil may spill off.
7. Simmer the flame, add about ½ cup of water and cook covered for 5 minutes.
8. Remove the lid; turn each brinjal so that they can cook on the other side. Take care while turning else they may split and may not remain whole. Sprinkle a little water if needed
9. Cover and cook for another 7 minutes or until the brinjals are soft and done.
10.Serve with hot rice and rasam .

*Instead of chilli powder, red chillies can be added while grinding.Chili powder gives better colour.

*The coconut paste shouldn’t be watery else you will not be able to stuff.
*Excuse me for the picture above, as i used up all the small ones i used the bigger egg plant which i bought for making baingan bartha in the picture.Yes! now u know how i am obsessed buying all types of brinjals !

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