Bhareli Vaangi (Stuffed Eggplant or Brinjal)

Bhareli Vaanji (Stuffed Eggplant or Brinjal)

Ingredients:

For Tadka:

Preparation:

  1. Wash and slit brinjals in four pieces, but keep their stems intact (do not
    cut right through the end), put them in water.
  2. Heat 1-2 tablespoon oil in a pan, sauté the onion, ginger & garlic and
    stir-fry till onion turns translucent.
  3. Add dry coconut, sesame seeds, coriander powder, cumin powder, peanuts,
    stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Cool it & make a fine paste.
  5. Add jaggery, tamarind pulp, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salts,
    scraped fresh coconut, & chopped fresh coriander to the paste and mix well.
  6. Stuff this paste mixture in the brinjals and keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in a pan, sauté the mustard seeds and a pinch of asafoetida.
  8. Add the stuffed brinjals into the pan & gently turn them once or twice for
    4-5 minutes on medium heat to ensure even cooking.
  9. Add 1 cup warm water, bring it to a boil, and cook on low heat.
  10. Cover the pan till brinjals are cooked & soft.
  11. Garnish with fresh coconut & fresh coriander and serve.

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