Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stuffed Eggplant Curry(With Coconut , Peanuts & Spices)

Know what you Eat - An eggplant, which is commonly referred to as a brinjal or an aubergine is a native to India. Eggplant's ample bioflavonoids may be beneficial in preventing strokes and hemorrhages. The fruit contains the phytochemical monoterpene, an antioxidant helpful in preventing heart disease and cancer. Eggplant may also prevent the oxidation of cells that leads to cancer growth. Eggplant is rich in dietary fiber and also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and phosphorous. To boost the nutritional benefits, pair eggplant with other vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Peanuts are not true nuts but a member of a family of legumes related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans. Peanuts are a very good source of monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy diet.

My Mom makes this eggplant stuffed curry very frequently. But to make them you need to have little smaller sized eggplants and tender ones. She uses channa dal for the stuffing and when i was making this i ran out of them and was in no mood to drive for 5 miles to get this single grocery. So i substituted with peanuts and it tasted awesome.

Ingredients

Small sized eggplants - Around 20
Onion - 1 big
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Coriander seeds - 3/4 cup
Peanuts - 3/4 cup
Red chillies - 6 to 8 or to your taste
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1
Oil - 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Tamarind - Gooseberry sized ball
Water
Salt to taste

Method

1) Heat 1 tsp of oil add cinnamon sticks, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, peanuts, red chillies. Roast till you get a nice aroma from all the spices and all of the ingredients are slightly brown. Now add the grated coconut to the other spices and roast till it is slightly brown. Set this aside.
2) Heat 1 tsp of oil, add the chopped onion pieces and saute till the onions are translucent.
3) Soak the tamarind in little bit of warm water and set it aside.
4) Now wash and dry the eggplants. Slit them from the top till 3/4 of the length and on the bottom in the opposite direction once again slit till 3/4 of the length. Make sure not to slit the eggplant into two.
5) Grind all the roasted spices in step 1, 2, 3 into a coarse mixture along with salt to taste and keep this aside.
6) The eggplants you get here are not fresh and tender, if they are tender just stuff the spices in the eggplant. Heat 1 tbsp of oil add cumin seeds, once they stop spluttering add the stuffed eggplant and little bit of salt and cover and cook. Once the eggplant is cooked, add the remaining stuffing and mix thoroughly and switch off the stove. Serve the eggplant curry with rice or bread of your choice. If you don't get tender ones go to step 7.
7) Heat 1 tbsp of oil add the split eggplants and little bit of salt and saute till they are slightly tender and not completely cooked. Now remove from heat and let this cool.
8) Take the eggplant one by one and stuff the spices on both the ends and repeat till all the eggplants are stuffed.
9) Now heat the remaining oil, add the cumin seeds. Once they stop spluttering add the stuffed eggplants and the remaining stuffing and little bit of water. Cover and cook and once the eggplants are well cooked, increase the heat, remove the cover and let the water dry up. You will get a dry curry with stuffed eggplant and spices.
10) Serve it with rice or bread of your choice.

Event Participation

1) This dish goes to JFI-Peanuts guest hosted by Pavani of Cook's Hideout, event started by Indira.

2) This goes to Sanghi's FIL-Brinjal

3) This dish goes to MLLA-13th helping guest hosted by Sunshinemom, event started by Susan.

4) This dish goes to PJ's Lets Go Nuts- Coconut event.

31 comments:

Kalyani said...

wow the stuffed eggplant looks delicious .....

Suparna said...

hi,
Looks like it's brinjal time everywhere ;)Aquadaze too had a lovely recipe...now lovely ladies u too!! and look at the ingredients fennel, peanuts, cinnamon o!wow! this surely will be bookmarked :)
Thanks,
TC

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love brinjals! this sounds and looks awesome!!

Prathibha said...

I am having this for my lunch dear...Love the stuffing..

jayasree said...

Love stuffed eggplants. Using peanuts is a good idea.

sangeeta said...

good recipe...i know the tender brinjals taste better with this masala....it's difficult to manage when they are mature..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow...looks aromatic and flavourful.......

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

These eggplants look so yummy! I love eggplant - infact I have asked Mom to make the stuffed ones this weekend...
Yours look so good...

Vidya said...

Yummy. Stuffed brinjals would be perfect with rotis. Very flavorful with all the spices and peanuts.

Kalaivani said...

One of my fav dish.I bet it tastes fantastic with peanut.

Priti said...

I love stuffed eggplant ...this looks so gud

Shri said...

Yummo!Eggplant and peanuts,I love that combo:)

Sumi said...

mouthwatering dish, Now I know I should not open your blog when Iam hungry :)

Mangala Bhat said...

Awsome ..Curry tatses heavenly with roti or rice :)

Parita said...

i love stuffed eggplants, but never stuffed them with peanuts, looks delicious and perfect entry for all the events :)

DEESHA said...

love eggplant dish .. very similar to yengai from Karnataka

Poornima Nair said...

I had this dish for the first time after coming to the US and I love it. Great recipe, looks delicious.

Divya Vikram said...

Great way to spice up eggplants! Looks yummy with rice.

lata raja said...

Great brinjal and peanut combo. Have ttry it.

Pooja said...

Love stuffed eggplant with peanuts and spices! Looks awesome!

Varunavi said...

Nice recipe,i love brinjals in any form :)

srikars kitchen said...

Nice entry.. looks awesome & delicious curry..

iRaw said...

I love eggplant and this recipe sounds awesome and looks delicious! This will be on next weeks must make list.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks all for your comments, really appreciate it.

Yasmeen said...

Yummy!I made these last week,didn't use any peanuts but coconut :D

rekhas kitchen said...

wow sounds great yaar nice aromatic recipe looks yum yum.

dhanya said...

Wow..stuffed Brinjal looks delicious:).

sangi said...

Looks gr8!never made this way...tnx a lot...

Doloncookbook said...

Oh what a tasty recipe ... Picture is so delicious ..

prasukitchen.blogspot.com said...

Wow delicious curry !!

iRaw said...

Hi, just want you to know how much I absolutely LOVE this recipe. If anyone reading is thinking of making this...you have got to try it. Delicious!

 
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