Monday, 4 April 2011

Guthi Vankaya Koora, Stuffed Brinjal

Guthi vankaya Kura or stuffed eggplant/brinjal curry is an authentic Andhra recipe which is cooked in loads of spices along with the tamarind juice which enhances the taste of the spices. The dish can be made with either the small purple brinjals or the small round green eggplants. But you need to bear in mind that the brinjals are absolutely fresh and tender otherwise you will loose the tender taste of the curry. Simple way of checking this the brinjals will be shiny if they are fresh. I have used purple variety today.


Ingredients:

Small Brinjals - 6
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Sesame seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Dry coconut grated - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 3-4 large cloves
Cloves - 5-6
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Salt
Turmeric Powder - 1 pinch
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Jaggery Grated - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tbsp
Oil - 5 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 string


 
Method:

Dry roast sesame seeds, cinnamon + cloves, fenugreek seeds and peanuts seperately till they begin to change colour and leaves a nice aroma. .

Wash brinjals and make slits along the length taking care that the brinjal is held together at the stem.
Heat a tawa with 1/2 tsp of oil. Roast onions till they turn lightly brown and soften. Keep them aside. Fry tomato in the same pan by adding another 1/2 tsp of oil, until it become mushy.

Grind together roasted onion, tomato, roasted sesame seeds,  fenugreek, peanuts, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder,  Corriander powder, cumin powder, and jaggery to a very fine paste.
Stuff this masala into the slit brinjals and reserve the remaining. Heat olive oil in a kadai (wok), add curry leaves and sauté for a minute. Add the stuffed brinjals and sauté for about ten minutes. Add the reserved masala, salt and mix gently. Add tamarind pulp along with two cups of water, cover and cook over low heat till the brinjals are fully cooked and oil comes to the surface.

ఘుమ ఘుమ లాడే గుత్తి వంకాయ కూర.....
Spicy egg plant curry

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