Monday, November 9, 2009

Gutti vankaya/Muvva Vankaya/Onion and spice stuffed eggplant

Gutti vankaya or muvva vankaya  is one of my favourite curries.....cannot get enough of it.Actually I like anything brinjal (eggplant).My nanamma's(dad's mom) garden had these and my mom would make  the best gutti vankayaand and she made it with different kinds of stuffings.I like brinjal with cilantro cooked in spices and so thats how I made mine .

Ingredients :
10-12 small brinjal
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
6 green chillies cut
3 cloves of garlic
1 and 1/2 inch ginger
1tsp fennel seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2tsp dhania pwd
4-6 black peppercorns
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3tbsp ground nuts
6 cloves
1 inch piece cinnamon
1 green cardamom
1tbsp of sugar
A lemon sized tamarind, washed and soaked in warm water
A pinch of tumeric
Salt to taste

Method :
Heat a pan and dry roast cinnamon,cardamom,cloves,fennel,cumin,peppercorns, ground nuts and sesame seeds.When a nice aroma fills the kitchen turn off the stove and cool.In the mean while, grind the onion , greenchillies ,ginger,garlic and cilantro with salt & sugar.Keep aside.Now grind the spice mixture and add to the onion mixtureand also add turmeric.Check for seasoning.Keep aside.Wash all the brinjals and cut them in a plus sign but not all the way through and place them in  a bowl filled with water.Squeeze the brinjals of water and stuff it with the stuffing taking care not to break the brinjal.Keep on a plate.Repeat with all the brinjals.Heat 3 tbsps oil in a pan and add the stuffed brinjal one by one and fry on all sides and keep aside.Add the remaining stuffing mixture and fry for 4-5 mins and then add the fried brinjal and cook till the raw smell of onion disappears.Keep stirring to keep the mixture from sticking to the pan. and also take care not to break the brinjals.Add the juice of tamarind and check for seasoning.Cook covered for 15-20 mins and the brinjal are completely cooked.Garnish with finely chopped cilantro.Serve with rice or phulka. Enjoy!!!!


Sireesha said...

I always look for better recipe for Gutti Vankaya and yours look promising. I'll try it sometime.

Bhagi said...

Do try and let me know how u like it and also any suggestions are welcome.....

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