Thursday, 16 February 2017

Dahi Baingan(Brinjals in yogurt gravy)

        Brinjals are avoided by many,but I have always found brinjals to be a very interesting vegetable in the kitchen.Be it stuffed ,roasted ,fried in fritters or simply cooked in pieces ,the options are endless.Dahi baingan is  a yogurt based preparation of brinjals and it requires the big purple ones or commonly called the bharta baingan.


Brinjals -1 big(chopped in medium sized pieces)
Thick curd (yogurt)-2 heaped tablespoons
All purpose flour(maida)-1 teaspoon
Garlic and green chili paste-1 heaped teaspoon
Cumin seeds -1 teaspoon 
Bay leaves-1 teaspoon
Coriander powder-1 heaped teaspoon
Cumin powder-1 teaspoon
Chili powder-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
Salt--as per taste
Sugar-1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves -chopped

Keep your ingredients ready

One tablespoon oil in pan

                                               Add the brinjals ,salt and turmeric

                                          Cover and cook on medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes

Remove from the pan once they become soft

In the meantime mix the all purpose flour and the sugar in the yogurt and keep it ready

To the same pan add oil if required and add the cumin and the bay leaves

                                                  Time to add the garlic and green chili paste

                                         Fry in medium flame till the raw smell of garlic is gone

                                             Add the yogurt and spices except the garam masala

                                                            Saute in medium flame till the yogurt becomes dry and releases                                                               oil

                                           Now add about 2 tablespoon of water

                                                 Let it come to a boil

Add the garam masala,coriander leaves and adjust the seasoning if required

                                                                 Add the brinjals

                                                           Mix well on high heat

                                                            Ready to serve

This recipe goes well with steamed rice ,parathas or plain chapati.

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