Vankaya Masala

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Vankaya Masala
Recipe and Photo Courtesy: Priya(my friend)
(reposted)

Ingredients for masala:
Coconut 4-5 tbsp
Dhaniya seeds/Coriander seeds 2 tbsp
Til/ Sesame seeds 2 tbsp
Jeera seeds/cumin seeds 1 tsp
Methi seeds/Fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
Groundnuts (without skin) 8-10
Khus khus/ Poppy seeds 3 tsp
Tamarind Paste ¾ tsp

Dry roast the above. Once it cools, form a paste with very very little water.
Add jaggery(crushed about 11/2 tsp).
Separate half of the masala and keep aside. This is the stuffing for the eggplants.
Take about 12 tender indian eggplants (baby brinjals) and slit the bottom (the side opposite to the stem) with a horizontal and vertical line.
Make sure not to cut it through. Scoop a teaspoon of the masala and stuff into the brinjal.
Repeat the procedure till all the eggplants are stuffed.
Microwave the eggplants for about 10 min or till soft.

For the gravy:
Oil 2 Tbsp
Onions 1 ½ (cut in squares)
Crushed tomatoes-about 2 tbsp (optional)
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder 1/2 tsp
Garam masala 2 tsp
Green chilies 2 slit in half
Ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 tsp
Stuffed baby eggplants 12
Masala made above

-Fry one onion in oil and caramelize .After it cools grind it in a blender.
-In a wide pan, add oil. Once hot, add green chilies, half an onion and Ginger garlic paste. Sauté for 5 min.
-Add the blended onions and crushed tomatoes. Also add turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt and garam masala. Fry for 4 min (or till the raw smell of onions reduce).
-With the remaining masala, form a paste and pour it into the mixture. Let the mixture cook for about 3 min
-Check the gravy for salt or any other flavor at this point
-Gently place the eggplants in the pan with the slit side down.
-Close the pan to cook to make sure the eggplant is cooked thoroughly. (Use a fork to test)
-Serve spicy, tangy, sweet Vankaya masala with rice or phulkas!

[In the picture shown, I used the same recipe. I didn’t have Indian eggplants. So replaced them with half an American eggplant (cut in cubes) and one bell pepper/capsicum (cut in squares). I used the entire masala in the gravy (so there was no stuffing involved!)Enjoy Vankaya masala - with a twist!]

This recipe goes to Priya's Bell Pepper Event



26 comments:

Padma said...

Nice twist Preethi with bell pepper... looks great and nice recipe :D

Prathibha said...

looks yummy n perfect...

Nithya said...

Lovely pic and nice dish. :)

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks lovely, love eggplants i can smell the masala from here.

Hari Chandana said...

looks amazing preethi...very tempting... lovely click :)

Priya said...

Thats a delicious masala Preethi..looks delicious..thanks for sending to AFAM yaa!

Kalaivani said...

Gr8 recipe with stuffed eggplant and love the twist with green peppers.

CHAITRA said...

Vankaya masala looks flavourful n spicy!!Drop in sometime to my blog!

Priya said...

Thanks so much guys!:)

Sarah Naveen said...

thats looks so delicious...thanx for sharing dear...

Vrinda said...

Great recipe with bell pepper..yummy gravy

Parita said...

Loved the masala, fantastic recipe dear, bookmarked!

Priya said...

Thank u Sarah,Vrinda and Parita!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

the colour of the masala is just abt perfect..i love spicy food..and this one tops my list.

shanthi said...

Wow! mouth-watering recipe. Nice.

Priya said...

thank u munchcrunch and shanthi!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Nice one with bell peppers...

Preety said...

sabji looks so yummy

Priya said...

thanks so much HCOF and Preety :)

SriLekha said...

wow! looks yum n delicious!

rads said...

mouth watering recipe...the picture looks like mango pickle..yummy

Preeti Singh said...

Wow.... thats a spicy and tangy looking recipy...will so perfect with parathas...

rekhas kitchen said...

wow so so mouthwatering recipe would like to have with hot rice yummy.

Priya said...

Thank u Srilekha,Rads,Preethi and Rekha!ur comments mean a lot!

Priyameena said...

Mouth watering click...Looks very tempting..

Lakshmi said...

looks tasty....
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