Thursday, September 03, 2009

Bharli Vangi - Stuffed Eggplants

As a child, I hated most veggies. The only ones I'd eat without complaining were okra and potatoes. And eggplants were especially loathed. All the kids I knew hated them. I think it's taste is more suited to the adult palate since most folks I now know love them, including me, of course! And stuffed eggplants are especially savored, be it in the form of ennegai from Karnataka, bharelu ringan/bharela ravaiya from Gujarat, guthi vankaya from AP or this bharli vangi from Maharashtra. The source of this recipe is Khaugiri. I made a few tweaks based on the stuff I had in hand. The curry was super delicious. Thanks, K, for a wonderful recipe. I will be making this again soon! :)

Bharli Vangi

Ingredients:
6-8 small eggplants

For the stuffing:
2 tbsp dry coconut shreads
1/4 cup roasted and powdered peanuts
1 tsp roasted and powdered sesame seeds
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped fine
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 tsp goda masala
red chilli powder, to taste
salt to taste,
1/4 tsp tamarind paste (original called for lime juice)
1 tsp brown sugar (or jaggery)

For tadka:
2 tbsp oil
mustard seeds
asafoetida
turmeric powder

Method:

Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing.
Remove stalks of eggplants and make two slits without cutting them all the way thru. Stuff the mixture into the eggplants. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and do the tadka. Put the eggplants in the oil, slit end down. Cover with a plate. Pour some water on top of the plate. This apparently keeps the eggplants from sticking to the pan. Neat tip there! After a couple minutes, turn them on their sides and rotate every few minutes.
Add the remaining stuffing. Mix well. Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 a cup of water and cook until eggplants are done.
Remove to a serving bowl and garnish with some chopped cilantro.

Be sure to check the original recipe here.

47 comments:

Gita said...

Wow Vani...this dish looks awfully tempting...I have to try it soon :)

Varsha Vipins said...

me too hated most f the veggie as kis..especially spinach..n egg plant I used to like ,when fried in thin slices..:P
This looks darn good..:)

Rush said...

i have this maharashtrian friend of mine, kash...whenever i wanna eat vangi aani bhaath, she comes home and prepares...Sigh!! those were good old chicago days, i miss her!!
will show her this recipe and tease her!!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Looks very delicious. My mom used to make it long time ago. And I and my brother used end up finishing by licking the vessel.

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Pavithra said...

Wow thats truely mouthwatering dish.. Finger licking one wish to have the whole thing..fantastic picture too vani.

Pavani said...

I must have been a very odd kid then, cos I looooved eggplant since I was very little. Your pics are too tempting. Have to get some Indian "brinjals" and make this. Have a wonderful long weekend.

Supriya said...

It looks delicious..one of my favorite recipes too!

n33ma said...

I too didnt like brinjals except when eating ennagai with akki roti.Vani I'm quite sure this will go well with akki roti.NEat Click.

indosungod said...

Looks awesome Vani. I hated a lot of vegetables as a kid but eggplant was not one of them. I was ready to eat them in any form weird I guess.

Cham said...

Very tempting brinjal! I can finnish alone the whole plate :)

LG said...

bharli vangi looks delicious Vani. Stuffed brinjal versions are always delicious. I have tasted Karnataka, Andhra and Maharastrian versions.

Sonu said...

First time here. you have nice place here Vani. These Bharli Vangi look so delicious. Bookmarked! :)

Sonu
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Sharmila said...

Good one Vani! Since this calls for garlic and coconutand tamarind , which is slightly different from my usual recipe, am going to try this.

Jayashree said...

Iam one of those who loved all kinds of veggies as a child....I don't think I've ever said no to anything except cooked jackfruit.

Preety said...

they looks so good, one of my frnd requested to make this for her party few days ago and i was searching for good recipe..will try yours

lata raja said...

Sure,I was not fond of them too... this is a nice version of eggplants,and so delicious too.would love to try this recipe.

Shama Nagarajan said...

i love brinjal...yummy recipe

Parita said...

i love eggplants and stuffed ones are the best..looks mouth watering treat!

Happy cook said...

You liked okra when you were young, i ate most of theveggies, except okra and bitergourd.
This curry looks really delicous.

Smitha said...

I think you are right... Most of the kids I knew when I was a Kid loathed Eggplants.. but now as an adult most of us love it. May be it is something to do with the texture, which is appreciable after repeated attempts :)
This is so much similar to our own Ennegai... love it

Shri said...

Beautiful dish, Vani!Brinjal was often made in our house so it was not hated as much but I used to get some itching on my lips when I ate ...So ate it less frequently!

~Lopa said...

Aaaah I love stuffed bengan.... but cant cook it as my hubby doesnt like bengal and i dont feel like cooking for me alone :(

very nice photos... Aaah i miss my mom now, for her stuffed bengan :(

Jaya said...

Vani,
stuffed brinjals looks great , i have small brinjals for quite some time now in fridge ..will try it out ..
hugs and smiles

Miss M said...

I loooove stuffed eggplants!

And this dish looks too yummy!

Divya Rao said...

Looks great Vani!

Sanghi said...

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Nithya said...

Lovely dish..look so tempting and nice. :) the pics are so good. :)

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

too good... lovely baingan...

Purva Desai said...

simply love bharleli Vangi and the taste of coconut in the stuffing....curry looks yummilicious

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow....i too bookmarked it from there...love the stuffing...pics are appetizing...

Bong Mom said...

Looks gorgeous. You are cooking so much with such a busy schedule, super

Hema said...

Nice recipe.. I am too a fan of eggplant.. Will try this one.. And awesome click as usual

Priya said...

Such a gorgeous eggplant dish..

Vani said...

Thank you for your comments! :)

Arch said...

Lovely...these with some hot bhakris and its a perfect meal...the goda masala works like magic in this one !

Khaugiri said...

Thanks a lot Vani...... I am sure everyone who will try this will definetely like this recipe:)

Suparna said...

Hi Vani,
Lol, eggplants and I would run to the North Pole ;) when I was a kid ... now I love these kind of dishes...the love - hate relation with veggies is experienced by all I guess, it seems funny when we look back on the childhood days alwa :)
Superb recipe ri, love the peanut and sesame flavour. Good one, thanks for the link.
TC

hintofsaffron said...

I love stuffed eggplants. I am going to try it out. Like your other recipes as well.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hello Vani, thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur lovely comments dear. It was a great pleasure browsing your blog. Very interesting recipes with inviting pics, i too loved ur beyond curries blog. Will be frequently visiting both, keep rocking:)

Aps said...

I will tell ma mom to prepare this dish when i visit India....i cannot prepare it for myself bcoz i shud be the only one eating here.... my hubby doesn eat Vangi :(.....luks gr8

Vani said...

Arch - some bhakris hot off the stove would be perfect! :)

Khaugiri - thanks for the recipe! we loved it!!

Suparna - thank God we grew up and learnt to appreciate things, alva? )

Hint of Saffron - thanks for stopping by and the nice comment :)

Mythreyi - thanks for your lovely comment :)

Aps - I know the feeling! Nice seeing you here :)

Srivalli said...

heheh..even now I don't like certain veggies..shhee..pls don't tell anybody ok..:)..but somehow since my dad loves brinjal, it was cooked abundantly and hence there was never a question of not liking it!...stuffed way is always so tasty!..

Lebouffe said...

Wow.. this one's yummy.. my mil makes something like that :) Thanks for dropping by our blog -Naina

Rashmi said...

Hi Vani,
Nice knowing you! Thank you for ur encouraging comment. Will tryout Methi rice in ur way also sometime :)
I also hated eggplant till recently, only after shifting to GIB with the limited options here developed the liking for the veg :d.
Would like to mention that you too have a lovely set of recipes and presentation too!!!

Rashmi

Kathy Gori said...

I've made this recipe often bt I love your tweaks, definitely going to be trying it soon

meeso said...

This is a favorite of mine! Looks so mouthwatering!

amol sanap said...

bharli vangi, nice pakkala...