Bagara Baingan or any stuffed variety of brinjal like Vankaya Kobbari Karam,Vanakaya Ullipaya Karam,Gutti Vankaya(will post it some time later) or Vankaya Kothimeera Karam.
Today I am posting another famous Andhra recipe with Brinjals,one can either stuff them with the aromatic coriander stuffing or it can be prepared like a curry by cutting the brinjals into pieces.This is a very simple yet delicious and aromatic curry as it is loaded with lots of coriander.It pairs well with rice and even roti/chapati.If you have not tried this before do give a try,I am sure you will definitely like this.
250 gms small Brinjals
2 cups loosely packed Coriander leaves
2 tbsp freshly grated Coconut
5-6 Green chillies
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Tamarind pulp
a sprig of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
- Cut each brinjal into 4 pieces and if you are using big brinjals cut them into 1" or 2" pieces.Drop them in a salted water for 10 mins,this way it will remove the bitterness if any in the brinjals.
- Grind coriander leaves with grated coconut,cumin seeds,green chillies,salt and tamarind pulp to a smooth paste.
- You can follow any of the two methods which I mention below to make these stuffed eggplants.
- option-1: Heat oil in a small cooker and crackle mustard seeds and add curry leaves and add brinjal pieces and fry for 2 mins and add a generous pinch of salt on the eggplants.Add ground coriander paste and give a stir and fry for 2-3 mins and cover it with lid and pressure cook for 1 whistle on medium-high flame.Let the pressure drops off on its own.Open the cooker and check if any water is residing,if there is any water content switch on the stove and cook for 2 minutes on high flame with the lid open until water evaporates.
- option-2:Heat oil in a wide kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add curry leaves and add brinjal pieces and fry for 2 minutes.Add a generous pinch of salt on the eggplants and give a stir and add ground coriander paste and fry for 3-4 mins.Cover it with a deep lid and pour water and in the lid and let the eggplants cook with the steam produced in this manner over low flame.It takes roughly 12-15 mins.Keep checking in between and also stir once in a while.If the water evaporates in the lid add some more water to it,otherwise the eggplants will get burnt.
Serve them hot with hot rice,ghee and papad.You can serve it as a side dish for rasam,sambar and dal rice.It also pairs well with Roti/Chapati.
- You can stuff the same mixture in baby eggplants and follow the same process.
- Adjust the spiciness according to your requirements.
- You can even add a tbsp of fried gram while grinding the masala.