26.4.11

Stuffed n Broiled Eggplants Masala - For the Love of Food!







Sutta Kathirikai Masala Varuval:

Other Names: Stuffed and Grilled Aubergine Spicy Stir-Fry. Stuffed n Broiled Egg-plants in Indian Spicy. Gutti Vangaya Masala Kura.

Delicious dishes are all made alike; Whereas, every ruined preparation is done in its own way! Does this make any sense?!

I mean...I have used this famous first sentence of Tolstoy's great novel Anna Karenina: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way! What he meant is actually in order to be happy; a marriage must succeed in many different respects...such as, opposite gender attraction, agreement on finances, discipline of off springs, extended family members-in-laws, and other vital issues. So, failure in any one of those essential factor ruins a perfect couple's happiness!!

Likewise, for some of the soul food preparation, I need plenty of ingredients to go into it...to trigger that nostalgic past, reflecting nativity, reminding ethnicity, re-kindling authenticity, perfecting gourmet sentimentality and finally teasing the palate with that sensuality:)

Therefore, in order to bring one simple family recipe, I have to shop around the globe! Am giving a bit of my shopping trail list. Just in case, if you are living in the country side, deep south...probably you may find it very useful:)

Rice - Call up my friend who ships it to me or buy whenever I travel to the big cities!
Indian whole spices - I bring it from India, yearly once! Use them religiously with care:)
Powdered spices - Mail order it! Always better than shopping around!
Indian Native vegetables - International market & Chinese / Korean Market (that's right) at nearby cities 200-300 miles! Shop once in a blue moon!
Sesame oil, Curry leaves - Indian stores, which is only 150 miles away
Tamarind pulp - Mexican stores
Fresh coconut, Pearl Onions - Local Farmer's market
Other Ingredients - Kroger, Wall-mart (good only 20 miles from my home)

Ingredients:

Indian Eggplants - 5
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Fresh tamarind 1 large pod
Sesame oil 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves few.

Spices Required:

Dry coconut 2 spoons
Coriander seeds 2 spoons
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 spoon
Poppy seeds 1 teaspoon
Dry red chilies 7-9
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Peanuts 1 fistful

To Serve:

Steamed rice to go with.

Method:

Dry toast the spices and powder the same.

Slit the eggplants lengthwise twice but by still holding their shape. Don't trim their stalk either...can be used as a stick to hold, hehe:)

Now stuff half of the powdered spices into the eggplants, smear oil if necessary.

Either grill or broil the vegetable to bring a nice burnt odor!

Meanwhile, extract tamarind milk and set aside.

Heat up the griddle, add oil and tempering spices if needed. And followed by remaining powdered spices. Further add salt, turmeric, chili powder and tamarind milk. Cook over low-medium heat, without lid.

When oil separates, add the eggplants and cook briefly.

Serve warm to go with your steamed rice. Enjoy your meal:)

21 comments:

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Love it...Thanks for sharing...

Now Serving said...

Malar, Let's make a deal - You make this unbelievably yummy looking eggplant and I will make the mango pie and together we can pig out :)))I Love this completely!

Nitha said...

Looks delicious..

Prabhamani said...

So Nice Kathirikai... Love to have with Curd Rice... :)

Suja said...

Wow this looks so delicious,love stuffed brinjal..I too have one in my draft but mine does not look so appetizing..nice one dear.

Madhu said...

Wow! looks absolutely divine!

Nandini said...

Wow! So spicy and hot! Very yummy and groovy...

Raji said...

This baingan dish is looking very authentic...just like baghare baingan..yum yum.
Here in Dubai we are very fortunate to get all the Indian things at nearby grocery...btw as usual your post is too good.

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwww.. lovely recipe.. looks gr8 !!!
Indian Cuisine

Vimitha Anand said...

This looks so rich and inviting dear... Bookmarking this...

aipi said...

Yum- the first pic with all the masala is finger licking good!!

US Masala

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I think anything stuffed and in gravy is just something you cannot pass. I am loving your pics, simply drool-worthy !!!

sangee vijay said...

V r brinjal lovers...really this makes me very hungry(still in fasting) never cooked curry/kuzhambu with peanuts ...kandippa try pannanum ...traveling more than 100miles for essentials is really a pity thing:( h u manage??????

RS said...

My favorite one...Looks mouthwatering..

Swathi said...

Eggplants gets wonderful makeover here. Love this spicy dish.

Fuat Gencal said...

Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı olmuş.

Saygılar.

KADER said...

Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı olmuş.

Saygılar.

Vidhya said...

I am drolling over your pictures. Eggplants look so tempting.In CA where I live getting Indian stuff is not so difficult. We have more than 8 Indian grocery shops in 5 mile radius,never realized how hard it is to get Indian Goods in other parts.Why not move to golden state?You can be my neighbor and I get to try your dishes too:).

divya said...

Simply inviting and tempting stuffed eggplants masala,yumm!

Malar Gandhi said...

Now Serving,

That's a good deal...love it man:)

Suja,

Am sure your version is great, waiting to check it out.

Sangee,

I am used to it, love country side living:)

Vidya,

Yep, I have been trying to move out to Nashville...attended several interviews, but somehow-something is keeping me stay-put in Mississippi!! However, enjoy the country side life style...and rooted down here:)

Prathima Rao said...

Brijal dishes are my fav!!! This masala looks so aromatic, flavorful & so yummm!!!
Prathima Rao
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