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Biryani Brinjal

- submitted by Dahlia on 02-11-2008
(Eggplant Gravy, Enna Katharikai, Bagara Bainghan, Biriyani Brinjal)
Brinjal - 6
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Chilly powder - 2 tblsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Sesame Oil - 4 tblsp
Tamarind juice - 1/2 cup (pulp 2-3 tblsp)
To Roast and Grind (double the quantity if you want more gravy)
Sesame seeds - 3 tblsp
Peanuts - 2 tblsp
Grated Coconut - 3 tblsp
For tempering
Whole garam masala(cinnamon stick - 1, cloves -3-4 , Cardamon -3, bay leaf - 1)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Whole Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 spring
1. Dry roast the peanuts, sesame seeds and grated coconut separately until it all turns brown and gives out a nice aroma. After it cools, grind it into a course powder and keep aside.
2. Make deep slits in the brinjal but don't cut through. Fry this in oil and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add some whole garam masala, peppercorns, cumin seeds and curry leaves. 4. Fry the onions golden brown.
5. Add the ground coarse powder along with dry masalas like chilly powder and coriander powder. Add few drops of water and cook for a minute.
6. Add the tamarind juice and cook for 15-20 minutes until the oil oozes out.
7. Next add the fried brinjals to the gravy. Simmer for few minutes and switch off.
Serving Suggestions
    - This gravy goes very well with biryani and is commonly known as 'Ennai Kathrikai' in south India and 'Bagara Bainghan' in the North.
    - This also goes well with white rice and chapati.
      - The other vegetables that can be used instead of brinjal in the same gravy are green chillies, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, zucchini, cherry tomato etc.

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Comment by vineet kaushik
    I, prepared this dish and it is yummy,,,,
Reply :-
    Thank You.

Comment by vanessa Nigli
    I just made this dish.I didnt follow it to the T. I added turmeric and SALT to taste. Hope it tastes as good as it looks.
Reply :-
    Yes it tastes very good.

Comment by Aarti Sharma
    Hi, the gravy of the dish is very interesting. Can u suggest some other ingredient that can be cooked in this gravy instead of brinjal.
Reply :-
    Yes. You can use zucchini chunks, jalapeno peppers (deseeded), cherry tomatoes or banana peppers.

Comment by Udaya on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 4:09:15 AM
    Hi dahl, Yesterday night I had prepared this dish, it was very tasty. Rajan and everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe. I followed the same procedure, it came out easily. I added some fried pepper also while garnishing. It was good. Try it next time.
Reply :-
    Hi Udaya, nice to hear that. By pepper do you mean peppercons??

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