Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spicy Cumin flavored Bharwan Baingan!!

Brinjal is one of my favorite, favorite vegetables!! I remember the comic series where Brinjal used to be the king of vegetables!! It is known by many names - Brinjal/Eggplant/Aubergine.

They are really low in calories and are a great source of soluble fiber content.

Round Brinjal/Aubergine/Eggplant

So, here's my take on numerous recipes you would have heard, read about the stuffed Brinjal or bharwan Baingan. This is a recipe with a tasty slight gravy and the slight taste of cumin or jeera and the combination works really well!!

The recipe is for round brinjals!! Hope you enjoy reading and making it!!

Stuffed Brinjal or bharwan baingan!!
So here goes the recipe:

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Source: Numerous internet recipes/my mom/some innovation ;) !!

- Four round brinjals- cut from the other end( then the stem) horizontally and vertically- so that stuffing can go inside
- One small sized onion finely diced
- Few mint and coriander leaves finely cut for garnishing
- 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon olive/mustard oil
- 1 cup water with tamarind (Imli) soaked
- 1 teaspoon jaggery powder

 For Spice stuffing:
- 1 teaspoon salt 
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder(Jeera powder)
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mango powder (Amchoor powder)
- 1 teaspoon Coriander powder (Dhania powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Dry ginger powder

Preparation:  Mix all the spices well, and stuff them inside the cut brinjals. 
                    Keep 1 teaspoon aside.

-Add the oil to a non stick cooking pan, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.

-Now add the diced onion, 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste and saute the onions. 
Once the colour changes to slight brown add 1 teaspoon spice mixture.

-Now add stuffed brinjals and cook for about 2 minutes. 

-Take the 1 cup tamarind water, mash the pulp well and then sieve. Put the tamarind water without pulp inside the pan. Add 1 teaspoon jaggery powder.

-Cover the pan and let it cook. Turn the brinjals once or twice so that all sides are cooking well.

-Let it cook for 15 minutes and then your stuffed spicy round brinjals are ready!!

-Garnish with finely chopped mint and coriander leaves and sprinkle a little lemon juice!!

Stuffed spicy cumin flavored round brinjals!!

The slight curry really adds to the taste!! Do try it!!

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