Brinjal or Eggplant or Aurbergine is most people's favourite vegetable. because I have seen people longing for varieties of Brinjal dishes. Recently I saw one of my face book friend Sneha Ramakanth's, where she posted Delhi's very famous dish " Brinjal Bartha". I was really tempted and remembered the days I spent with my Doddamma (Mum's elder sister) near Udupi. (South Canara)..
In Udupi (Karnataka) and near by areas we get a type of Brinjal from a place called "Mattu". " Mattina Gulla " ( Brinjal from Mattu) is a special variety of Brinjal grown only in Mattu. It is really a tasty variety of brinjal and we Udupi people enjoy eating many dishes prepared with this brinjal. This is just a introduction to this brinjal dish though I am not using the "Mattina Gulla" for these dishes. The method is the same. Brinjal is applied with oil and kept on the gas burner to be cooked. Until it turns soft and you will be knowing by seeing the brinjal that is cooked or not cooked. In those days the brinjal is put it into the fireplace to be cooked and taken out once it is done. Now we just keep it on the gas stove burner and cook it. Then remove the outer layer and use the inner pulp to prepare some dishes. The aroma of this burnt brinjal is really awesome.
Sweet and Spicy Brinjal is one of the traditional recipe which I learnt it from my Doddamma. She is a great cook. Most of the time I do follow her footsteps in cooking which helps me to cook really a good, healthy and tasty food.
Now lets see some benefits of eating Brinjal in our dietary.
Eggplant or Brinjal is a very low calories and fats. It is rich in soluble fiber. They are rich in anti oxidant,and good amount of many essential B complex groups of vitamins. They are also good source of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and potassium.
I have prepared two varieties of dishes here with one big brinjal. You can use a whole brinjal to prepare one type of dish.
Sweet & Spicy Brinjal can be served as a side dish with plain rice, chapati, poori, roti and Even with Rice Rotti. No Onion or Garlic is added to these dishes.
One whole brinjal and divided in to two portions. Added cut green chilly, ingh and coriander leaves and the mustard splutter. One portion I have added tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt. For the other portion is added curd and buttermilk diced chilly. (Fry in oil along with mustard splutter).
Remember to choose the good Brinjal. Even the small dot in the brinjal may contain worms or the brinjal may be spoiled.
Things Needed : (Both type of dishes )
Brinjal : 1 (Big One)
Salt : as required
Green Chilly : 2
Mustard seeds : 1 Tea spoon
Urid dal : 1 Tea spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons
Method : Step 1
1. Wash and apply oil to the whole brinjal ( just a drop will do for the whole brinjal). Wash green chilly, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Cut it into small.
2. Now put on the gas burner and place the brinjal on it and cook till it is soft.
3. Cook on all the sides. Change the sides at time and let it cook nicely.
4. Once it is cooked put off the gas and cover that with a big bowl for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Remove the outer skin completely.
6. Put this cooked brinjal pulp on a big bowl and smash nicely.
7.. Add cut green chilly and mix it well.
8. Divide the smashed brinjal pulp in to two portion.
Sweet and Spicy Brinjal ( With Jaggery and tamarind pulp) : Step 2Cooked Brinjal Pulp : 1Cup
Tamarind Pulp : 2 Table spoons
Jaggery : 2 Table spoons
Oil : 1 Tea spoon.( I have used coconut oil).
Method :1. Put a portion of brinjal pulp in a big bowl.
2.Soak tamarind (small marble size) in hot water and squeeze out to get the pulp.
3. Powder the jaggery.
4. Put jaggery, tamarind pulp and salt. Mix it well.
5. Keep a small pan on the fire and add oil. Put a spoon of mustard seeds and urid dal.
6. Add ingh (Asafoetida) to it. Let the mustard splutter. Add curry leaves .
7. Add this mustard splutter to the sweet and spicy brinjal mix.
8. Add cut coriander leaves and put it in a serving dish.
9. Serve as one of the side dish with hot rice or chaptis.
Note : Do not add any water to the pulp.You can add cut onions to this mixture and add garlic also along with mustard splutter.
Adding more or less jaggery is optional.
Check the hotness of the green chilly before you add. (you can reduce or increase the amount of green chilly).
Brinjal pulp in Curd : Step 3Cooked Brinjal Pulp : 1 Cup
Curd : 1 Cup
Butter milk diced Green Chilly : 1 (Majjige menasu (Kannada).
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Method :1. Put the brinjal pulp and curd in a big bowl.
2. Add salt and coriander leaves. Mix it nicely.
3. Keep a small pan on the pan and add oil. Heat. Add mustard seeds, urid dal and butter milk diced dry green chilly.
4. Let the mustard splutter and chilly turn bit black. Add curry leaves and ingh, add this to brinjal curd mixture.
5. Mix it nicely and shift it to the serving bowl. Add some cut coriander leaves .
You can also pressure cook brinjal instead of cooking on the gas burner. The taste differ.
You can cut them in to small pieces and cook them. This way you can be safe .
Adding sour curd gives a good taste.
You can replace red chilly for butter milk diced dry green chilly.
Do not make it more liquid. It should be thick.
Adding more or less chilly is optional.
You can add cut onions to the mixture at the end.
You can also use garlic while spluttering process.
Time : 30 minutes (over all)
Serves : 2 to 3