Friday, October 24, 2008

Aubergine Spiced Gravy (Gutti Vankaya Koora)



Vegetables
Aubergines/Brinjal/Eggplant - 5 medium sized (cut into four slices each without detaching each slice from its base)
onion - 2  chopped
tomato - 2 chopped
green chillies - 4 big finely chopped
coriander - 1 bunch
mint leaves - 1 bunch
ginger - sliced 

Spices 
cumin Seeds - 1 tb spoon
caraway seeds - 1 tb spoon
cloves - 3
cardamom- 3
ground black pepper - 1/4 tb spoon
dried mint leaves - 1 tb spoon (optional if you use fresh mint)
ginger paste - 1 tb spoon
bay leaf - 1
cinnamon - 1 stick
salt - per your taste
coriander powder - 2 tb spoons

Method 

Gravy - Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds,  caraway seeds, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, dried mint, bay leaf and saute for 2 minutes. When the flavor starts to spread add the finely chopped onion and green chilli. Mix the spices and onion well, let it fry until onion turns golden color. Add mint leaves, coriander leaves and ginger paste. Add the chopped tomato. Let the mixture get cooked for 5 minutes until the tomatoes turn tender. Stir occasionally. Add coriander powder and salt per your taste. Let the mixture cool down and blend the entire contents to a soft paste. 

Bake the Aubergines -
Slightly oil the cut aubergines and microwave them on high heat for 5 to 9 minutes or until the vegetables become tender. 

Making
Heat oil in a pan and saute the baked aubergines for 3 minutes while sauting occassionally. Add the gravy mixture. Mix the contents thoroughly and let it cook for a while. Simmer and cook for 15 to 20 min stirring occassionally. Add little water if you feel the gravy is getting dried up.  Simmer and cook for 5 more minutes. Let the aubergines marinate well in the gravy so they get flavored. Add a tb spoon of ghee or butter on top. I usually watch them patiently whilst stirring occassionally so that the curry does not get charred. 



6 comments:

Sruni said...

You can add dry coconut powder to the gravy. You can also add some coriander powder for the fragrance.

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nivriti said...

hey the rcurry looks yummy.........m gonna make it def. U never got this curry to the office?????????

శృణి said...

hey nivriti thanks... yeah never got so much time to cook and get it to office.. now am exploring my hidden talents!

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