Baby Eggplant Pilaf Gutti Vankaya pulao is a delicious rich dish that is special enough to make for parties but simple enough to make on a weekday.

Today’s rice main dish is probably my favorite of all the three dishes for this week’s blogging marathon. Most of my BM buddies probably already know the reason, but this Gutti Vankaya pulao aka baby eggplant pilaf is really delicious. If you have an eggplant lover in your family or if you have anyone who appreciates flavorful dishes, then you definitely have to try this dish for them.Baby Eggplant PilafEggplants are my weakness (check my eggplant recipes here) and I buy them whenever I see fresh ones at the grocery store, knowing fully well that I have some in the fridge already. I don’t mind eating them everyday, though the family don’t share the same passion – which means more for me.

Well anyway, I found some fresh looking green eggplants at the grocery and bought them. After debating whether to make Thai green curry or a rice dish, this gutti vankaya pulao won the lottery. This recipe is from a Telugu cooking show and is really simple to make.Baby Eggplant PilafEggplants are marinated in yogurt and then cooked until tender. Then they are mixed with cooked basmati for the flavors to mingle. Green or purple baby eggplants can be used to make this dish. Just make sure to use fresh ones with not too many seeds. Pick eggplant that have bright green stalks and look fresh with no blemishes or marks.

It smells amazing while cooking this dish. This is a dish that is special enough to make for parties but simple enough to make on a weekday. Serve it with some simple Raita or some curry (paneer or chickpea) and you have yourself a delicious and filling meal.

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Gutti Vankaya Pulao
Gutti Vankaya Pulao
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Gutti Vankaya pulao is a delicious rich dish that is special enough to make for parties but simple enough to make on a weekday.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Gutti Vankaya Pulao
Gutti Vankaya Pulao
Yum
Print Recipe
Gutti Vankaya pulao is a delicious rich dish that is special enough to make for parties but simple enough to make on a weekday.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Eggplant:
  • 10~12 Baby Eggplants (purple or green)
  • ½ cup Yogurt (full fat yogurt preferred)
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder (adjust as per taste preference)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Mint, chopped
For the Pulao/ Pilf:
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice, rinsed and soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Shah Jeera
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2~3 Green Chilies, sliced
  • 1 tsp Ginger+garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Mint, chopped
  • To taste salt
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Marinate Eggplants:
  1. Prep eggplants by making a '+' on the bottom.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine yogurt, red chili powder, garam masala, herbs and salt. Mix well and add eggplant. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
For the Rice:
  1. Cook rice until tender, make sure that the rice doesn't get mushy. Let cool.
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a large pan; add the spices (cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, shah jeera) and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Next add the onions, green chilies, ginger+garlic paste and cook until onions are light brown.
  4. Add the marinated eggplants along with all of the yogurt and cook till the eggplants are tender, about 10~15 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and add the cooked rice. Mix gently to make sure that the eggplants stay intact. Garnish with herbs and serve warm. Enjoy!!
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33 thoughts on “Gutti Vankaya Pulao (Baby Eggplant Pilaf)”

  1. We all know your love for eggplants 🙂 Whenever I see eggplants, I think of you and Mir. Pulao with gutti vankaya is interesting and the green ones look so good. And I personally like taste of the green ones better.

  2. Seriously???..wow love this dish Pavani, I am reading about it for the first time. While I love gutti vankaya kura, never thought about a rice dish..very nice..will surely be making it sometime!

  3. I love gutti vankaya, but have never seen it used in a rice dish. The filling you’ve used sounds flavorful and less labor intensive than the usual gutti vankaya curry. Bookmarking this.

  4. Same pinch PAvani! I love ,love ,love brinjal and buy some every time! I have 2 bags of baby brinjal in the fridge right now! I have made vangi bhat but never thought of anything like this!! I will be making this soon!

  5. I can’t express my love for Vankaya and Gutti Vankaya stands on the top in the list of favourites….but this one in pulao, I have never even thought of…Loved the twist given to the traditional gutti vankaya…Awesome share!!

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