Monday, July 21, 2008

STUFFED BABY EGGPLANT

Eggplant is one of my favorites and so the dishes made from it is also my favorite.One such dish is stuffed eggplant.A spicy tangy powder is stuffed inside the veg. and the same is used for making the gravy in which these are cooked.They go best with white rice and dal or with just kanji/pej.I use bulb shaped eggplants for this.I sometimes use my thambale pudi for stuffing.That is also equally delicious.

INGREDIENTS

Small eggplants - 7-8 nos

Small onions/shallots - 10-12 nos, sliced

mustard seeds - 1 tsp

curry leaves - 1 sprig

turmeric - 1 tsp

green chillies - 3 nos, slit


For roasting and grinding:-


Coriander seeds - 3 tbsp

Cumin seeds - 1 1/2 tsp

Peppercorn - 10 seeds

dry red chillies - 5-6 nos

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

chana dal - 2 tbsp

urad dal - 1 tsp

peanuts - 3 tbsp

Coconut pdr - 1/2 cup

Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp

salt to taste

Tamarind paste - 1 1/2 tsp or according to ur taste

METHOD

First roast all the ingredients for the powder except salt and tamarind paste.be careful to do it on a low flame.Add the coconut pdr and sesamme seeds in the last minute otherwise it will burn.Grind it all together with tamarind paste and salt.Keep it aside.

Now holding onto the stem of the eggplant ,starting from the opposite end slice the eggplant crosswise 3/4th of the way until it just opens up(dont cut off the stem,keep it intact.Just very useful while eating.Hold onto it for gobbling one neatly).Apply some salt on the insides and stuff the eggplant generously with the spice powder.Keep it aside for 15-20 mins.Reserve some of the powder for the gravy.
Heat some oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.When it starts to crackle add the shallots,curry leaves,turmeric and salt.Saute until the onions become soft.Add the powder and some water to bring it to a paste consistency.Drop the stuffed brinjal and nicely mix everything together.check salt.Sprinkle some more water to help the brinjals cook.Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 15-20 mins or until the brinjals are cooked fully.Serve it hot with rice and dal or just kanji/pej.

28 comments:

Roopa said...

Eggplant stuffed looks great! Cant wait to take a bite of it filled with thambele pudi:)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

hey u girl! u r very talented for sure..i dont like eggplant that much but still u r making me drool on seeing the pictures!! actually making me want to try it! beautiful tempting pictures, Ranji!! :-)

Cham said...

Love eggplant... Yummy stuffed beauties ... great with hot rice

Madhavi said...

Very nice recipe Ranji, and looks yummy. I am sure my DH goin' to love this. Will try soon!!!

Illatharasi said...

They look awesome.... my mouth waters;)

Trupti said...

stuffed egg plants looks yummy ranji. I have some baby egg plants. I will try this recipe today & will let you know.

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

that looks really yummy .. very tempting .. mine is a slightly different version .. will try yours too

Laavanya said...

That looks mouthwatering Ranji.. perfectly done.

kamala said...

Egg plants are looking lovely Ranji...Looks mouthwatering

Medhaa said...

Have bookmarked this recipe. We make it differently, this looks delicious.

meeso said...

OMGosh! I just bought some baby eggplants, and I was looking for this recipe! I had seen it somewhere awhile ago, but recently hadn't been able to find it... Now it pops up on your blog just in time! I wanted to make it this week :) Yay, I'm so glad you posted it :D

delhibelle said...

Hoe delicious your eggplants look, Ranji!

bhags said...

I might start loving eggplants if someone sends me the ones in those pics.....:P

Divya said...

wow..stuffed eggplants look great Ranji..i don't like vaingan..but your post is giving me second thoughts!!

Sireesha said...

Love eggplants made anyway.....Stuffed baby eggplants are tempting and mouthwatering.....I am drooling now......

Shreya said...

Awesome stuffed eggplants. I tried doing this per Vaishali's recipe, and mine wasn't bad. Will try this recipe with tamarind. :-)

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. It's funny how many different varieties of stuffed eggplant are out there - and all of them are good.

notyet100 said...

looks yummy,..new ine for me...

Sangeeth said...

This one truly needs an applause...wow u made me feel eggplants are worth eating :) good one dear ranji

Mallika said...

Looks lovely. I am a big fan of eggplant!

Bhawana said...

mm.... can smell it. eggplant is my favourite vegetable. loved the pics.

Suma Rajesh said...

oh my god...wht a beauty....am drooling here to have a bite....looks awesome and superb....loved the way u presented like mini bulbs :)

Maheswari said...

Picture says it all.I made enna kathirkka kuzhambu last week..waiting to post it..

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Wow..these are absolutely mouthwatering.. A must have recipe!!

homecooked said...

These look really good!

Pearlsofeast said...

Ranji, glad to know that ur parents are visting.The eggplant looks absolutely scrumptious so I have bookmarked.I am going to try out ur apple crisp with out butter soon dear.

Purnima said...

Hi Ranji, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, I prepared it in gravy form and my brinjal-disliking hubby too raved over it!Went for second helping n post dinner asked when I wd prepare it again! Now isnt that a proof that ur masala was huge hit in enhancing this dish? Thanks again -- wd link u up with my pic of ur dish in next post!

Divya.M said...

eggplant stuffing is awesome love to pass on the butterfly award to u....http://divyazeasyrecipe.blogspot.com/2008/10/butterfly-award.html