Bhagara Baingan(Vankaya gravy)

 This  is  a famous Hyderabadi style brinjal curry made with fresh purple    brinjals.
  

Ingredients:

  1. Brinjals/egg plants – small ones (whole slit in the center on both sides)

For gravy:

  1. Til (white) – 1 or 2 tsp

  2. Groundnuts – a handful

  3. Cloves – 2 or 3

  4. Cinnamon – 1″ stick

  5. Dry Red Chillies – 4

  6. Dry Coconut (copra) – grated 1 tbsp

  7. Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

  8. Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp

  9. Jeera – 1 tsp,Tamarind – 1/2 cup thick pulp

  10. Salt – to taste

  11. Oil – 5 to 6 tsp

For Seasoning:

  1. Jeera – 1/2 tsp

  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

  3. Chopped coriander leaves – 2tsp

     

Method:

  • Fry all ingredients for gravy (except tamarind, salt, oil) individually over low heat, till you get the aroma.

  • Grind the above to a fine paste.

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the brinjals and fry till it is little soft. Add the ground paste and fry.

  • Add tamarind paste, salt and water. Let it boil. You can see the oil coming to the top.

  • In another pan, heat a tsp of oil, add jeera, mustard seeds. Add this to above gravy.

  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves at the end.

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