Bharli Vaangi-Stuffed Eggplant
I am not a fan of eggplant...I feel like eating it but somehow can't eat it,donno y????? But my husband loves eggplant and he's a huge fan of this curry.Though I don't eat eggplant,I love the masala of this curry.....so I just feast on the masala :)
This post is specially for you my dear hubby.
Stuffed eggplant or Bharli vaangi as called in marathi is a very simple, easy and yummy recipe.......
Onion- 1, finely chopped
Roasted peanut powder-1/2 cup
Garam masala-1 tbsp
Red Chili powder-1 tbsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Oil -1 tbsp
Salt -to taste
In a bowl mix chopped onions, red chili powder,turmeric powder, garam masala, salt and roasted peanut powder. Mix it properly and add 2-3 tbsp of water to bind all the masala together.Take care not to add too much water.
Wash the eggplant and remove the stem.Then slit them vertically and horizontally like a plus sign from the opposite end of the stem without breaking them into halves.Keep the eggplant in water to avoid browning.
Then stuff the above prepared masala in the all the eggplants through the slits. Keep the leftover masala.
Heat oil in a nonstick pan ,once hot add the leftover masala and saute it in oil.
Keep stirring and cook the masala till oil starts separating. Then add the stuffed eggplant one by one,mix well.
Cover and cook on medium flame for about 3-4 mins,then remove the cover and add water according to the consistency you want.
Add salt (just remember that we have also put salt in the stuffing/masala.)
Once again cover and cook the eggplant on a medium flame for 8-10 mins.
Keep stirring in between as the masala may stick to the bottom of the pan.
Then turn the eggplant to cook evenly on both the sides and stir. Then cover again and cook till the eggplant gets cooked properly.
Remove the stuffed eggplant and garnish with cilantro if u like.
Serve with roti ,paratha or even rice.