May 10, 2007

Vankaya Kottimeera Karam Kura (Eggplant in Cilantro Gravy)









I love anything made with eggplant (brinjal) and this is one of my absolute favorite recipe (I know I said the same thing for a lot of my other eggplant recipes and they all countJ). This dish tastes delicious and the aroma of cilantro cooking with eggplant is just wonderful. I used small Indian brinjal and I think they have the most flavor compared to Japanese or American eggplants.

Ingredients:
Indian eggplants – 10 – 12, cubed

For the Masala paste:
Cilantro (coriander leaves) – 1 cup
Green Chilies – 6 (or according to taste)
Ginger – 1” piece
Grated Coconut (fresh or dry) – ¼ cup
Salt – ½ tsp

For popu:
Chana dal – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Red chilies – 2 (optional)
Curry leaves – 6

Method:
  • Grind all the ingredients for the masala paste with water. Add just enough water to grind, so that the paste is not too thick or too runny. Keep aside.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add the popu ingredients and after the seeds splutter and the dals turn light brown, add curry leaves and eggplant pieces. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the eggplants are half way cooked.
  • Mix in the cilantro paste and salt; cover and cook until eggplants are completely tender and the masala paste doesn’t smell raw anymore. This will take 10 more minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice and dal for a wholesome meal.

This is my entry to this RCI-Andhra event hosted by Latha (@ Masala Magic).

12 comments:

  1. wow!!!...too good ...i love eggplant ..thks for sharing

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  2. looks very nice green color,diffn type of masala to use, Ever since started bloggling i am learning various types of masalas to use!

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  3. Green masala Eggplants! Looks delicious Pavani.I will try it,thanks:))

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  4. Pavani,

    I love vankaya kottimera karam too, looks delicious.

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  5. This is so good and comfort food. I'd love to try this with some ghee, rice and mudda pappu.

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  6. Wow. Eggplants with cilantro.I had no idea about this. Will give it a try.

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  7. Pavani,

    Tons of thanks for that curry. I made it yesterday and it vanished in a whiff, believe me :) Pls keep them coming.

    Cheers,
    Nav

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  8. Hi Pavani,
    Nice recipe and picture looks perfect.

    cheers
    rajani

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  9. eggplants in cilantro gravy... wow that sounds delicious, yummy!

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  10. Hi Pavani, looks delicious and must be tasty too, because it is with cilantro....right? Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe. Will try soon...

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  11. Yet another Eggplant dish to try. Thanks for sharing. Your recipe sounds really interesting.

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  12. Hmm..love this one!I learnt this dish from my Pinni(mother's sister)when I was staying at her place while doing my PG..looks great.Another great choice for RCI andhra

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