Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stuffed Brinjal Masala Curry

8-Tiny Purple Brinjals
1/2 Medium Onion or 1 1/2 Cups of coarsely chopped onion
3 large cloves garlic
1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp for soaking the brinjals
1 stem curry leaves and more for garnish
2 green chillies or according to your heat level
1/4 cup hot water
Masala Powder
2 tbsps of whole coriander seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp cummin seeds
2 green cardamom pods
3 cloves
1 tiny 1/4 inch piece of Indian Cinnamon
5 black peppercorns

Wash the brinjals, cut them into crosswise slits and soak them in water with 1/4 tsp of turmeric for 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry and keep aside.
For the Masala powder
Meanwhile dry roast all the ingredients separately on medium high heat until fragrant and they start changing color. Grind to a fine powder. You will have a little more than 2 tbsps of ground masala powder.
For the Onion paste
Coarsely chop the onion and lightly crush the garlic cloves, 
Heat oil in the pan, 
Saute the onion, chopped green chillies, 1 stem of curry leaves, garlic cloves and turmeric powder on medium high heat until soft,
Drain with a slotted spoon, grind into smooth paste and add salt.
Add more oil to the pan,
Mix 2 tbps of the masala powder to the onion paste and stuff the brinjals ,
Wash out the grinder/mixer bowl with about a 1/4 cup of hot water and keep aside
Frying  and the curry base
Fry the brinjals in the oil on high heat for about 4 minutes or so,
Add the hot water with the rest of leftover paste and cook for a couple of minutes,
Close the lid and turn the heat down to medium low and cook until done.
Check to see if the water evaporates and add accordingly so that the gravy and brinjals do not burn.
Season with fried curry leaves and finely chopped coriander.


  1. Awesome! I love the recipe and the click!

  2. wow mouthwatering.... Nice click..

  3. Beautiful pics and very nice recipe too....looks delicious..

  4. Brinjals are looking beautiful- I don't do much deep frying, but like your presentation and recipe!

  5. Awesome and mouthwatering dish...beautiful click too....looks wonderful..:))


    Joy Of Cooking

  6. Thanks!
    Nandita, it was not clear from my post how much oil shd be added- just enough to coat the brinjals; it was not deep fried, just braised.
    The alternate method would be to add a little bit of water and let it stew on 'dum'.


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