Feb 5, 2009

Vankaya Vepudu

Ingredients Needed :
  1. Brinjal (Vankaya ) - 10
  2. Onion -2
  3. Ginger garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
  4. Curry leaves
  5. Mustard seeds - ¼ tsp
  6. Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp.
  7. Black gram - 2 tsp.
  8. Tamarind pulp - ¾ tsp
  9. Salt
  10. Oil
For grinding :
  • Grated Coconut : 2 tbsp.
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp.
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
  • Red chili - 2 or 3
  • Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Method :

For the powder: 

In a kadai ,Dry roast peanuts till they get golden spots and remove , dry roast sesame seeds and keep it aside. Slightly fry grated coconut + corainder seeds and red chillies. Now in a blender / mixie combine toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut, turmeric powder, salt, red chilies and coriander seeds into a coarse powder
    For the Vepudu : 

    Wash brinjal, trim the top, make a slit (like a "X") keeping the other corner intact. Stuff each one with the powder and reserve the rest for the gravy. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds + black gram and curry leaves. Fry the chopped onions till golden, add the ginger garlic paste and fry for few minutes.
    Now place the stuffed brinjal on the onion mixture, sprinkle the rest of the stuffing powder on top and close with a lid. Bring down the flame to low and cook for 6 minutes. When the brinjals are half way done, add the tamarind pulp, if needed sprinkle water. When they are done, Switch off at this stage,
      And serve as a side dish for any rice item.


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