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Saturday, March 27, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Maharashtrian "Sugar N Spice" Stuffed Eggplants With Gold Potatoes

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Even if one isn't familiar with Maharashtra, I am sure they would be with its capital Mumbai, the bustling cosmopolitan city in India. This dish has origins from that area. What is so different about this dish? It uses brown sugar as one of the main ingredient. If you are a fan of dishes that are sweet and savory then this is your cup of tea..ahem, your plate of chow. Addicted to stuffed eggplants like me? For varities and other vairations, check here, here and here.
This dish tastes heavenly when served with Ghee Rice, Grapefruit rice, lime rice, Roti or Plain Rice.This along with Eggplants In Kadai Gravy go to "Cooking for Coriander Seeds" held @ Food for 7 stages of life, brainchild of Priya of Priya's Easy N tasty.

Ingredients:
  • Green Striped Baby Eggplants -  8#s, cleaned, quartered with crown intact
  • Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes - 8#s, halved with skin-on
  • Yellow Onion - 2, medium, roughly chopped
  • Grated Coconut - 2/3 cup
  • Cashews - 4 tbsp
  • Peppercorns - 1 tsp
  • Brown Sugar - 1 tbsp (Reduce this to 1 tsp for a spicier side dish)
  • Dried red chilli - 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind - marble-sized, soaked in warm water
  • Garlic - 3 cloves
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch
  • Coriander Seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 5 tbsp
  • Salt for taste
Procedure:
  • In a skillet, heat 2 tbsp of oil, add garlic, onions, red chilli, peppercorns, turmeric powder and ginger.
  • Saute until the onion is browned.Add the Cashews, grated coconut and saute further till the cashews are browned.
  • Cool the mixture.
  • In the same skillet, add a tbsp of oil and brown the halved potatoes until the are browned slightly.Set aside.
  • To a blender add the cooled mixture and mix in the brown sugar, tamarind and a little salt. Grind to a fine paste with very little water. 
  • Imp: Check for taste. Add more cracked pepper or salt IF needed.
  • Stuff the eggplants with the ground mixture. Roll the potatoes in some of the mixture and transfer the vegetable to the skillet. 
  • Pour the remaining mixture over the veggie and add a little water.
  • Cook the vegetables on a medium flame until the mixture thickens to a gravy and the eggplants are cooked.
  • Serve with Ghee Rice, Grapefruit rice, lime rice, Roti or Plain Rice.
Enjoy!
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47 comments:

  1. Oh! that prep is a marvel..... I love the look..... & sure it would be yum too.... My hubby would surely love it... with rotis of course....

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love this dish it sounds so delicious and the gravy looks rich nad creamy. although I have never seen green aubergines before .Maybe I can try this dish with baby purple ones I usually buy.

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  3. yum yum yum...will definitely try it tomo...

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  4. Brinjals looks fabulous with a rich and creamy gravy...makes me hungry!!

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  5. This is absolutely delicious....love the flavours so so muc...
    Have to try this one soonnnnnnn.....

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  6. This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!

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  7. Looks really good, balance between sugar and spices. nice one

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  8. looks deli...i'm a fan of dishes with a mild sweetness...like maharashtrian food a lot...

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  9. Humm..stuffed eggplants looks very yummy to me..with this song Can't get you out of my head..

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  10. I've Never had maharashtrian food...my husband keeps talking about it from his pre-wedding days in mumbai

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  11. This really looks delicious...I have never seen those green eggplants before. I will have to look for them at the market.

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  12. That looks really yummy.... Will try this soon.

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  13. Sounds new to me dear!!!
    Gravy looks rich and delicious...

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  14. Very well prepared dish. Loved the ingredients that adds the flavour to this dish. New to me, bookmarked :):)

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  15. this is a nice recipe.....i would like to taste...

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  16. I was in mumbai for many yrs...love maharastrian dishes...and mainly this one is one of my favourites....but I always had this dish made of the small violet brinjals and with out potato...

    The snap of ur cooked dish telling how tempting and slobbery it was..I like this dish so much but never had the proper recipe...thanks a lot for sharing...now I can cook it........

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  17. This recipe looks wonderful..Didnt Know about this recipe at all

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  18. This recipe looks wonderful..Didnt Know about this recipe at all

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  19. great to find another eggplant lover...and I thought I was the only one obsessed with this veggie:))

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  20. What a lovely dish!... Sure will taste heavenly with rice and ghee... oh boy i want to eat right now.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I've never heard of this type of dish before but it certainly looks interesting!

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  22. woow!!! curry looks rich n creamy in texture sure it will taste good with rice.i hv nt tried this version yet dear,,it looks delicious.brinjals looks fresh freshhhh...

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  23. Looks delicious. There is something waiting for you in my blog. Plz collect it.

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  24. Dear lassie
    I love this sweetened stuffing of maharastra...but never knew the recipe..thanks for sharing
    have a nice weekahead
    ushnishda

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  25. Dear lassie
    I love this sweetened stuffing of maharastra...but never knew the recipe..thanks for sharing
    have a nice weekahead
    ushnishda

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  26. Awesome presentation...i am drooling...would love to have this dish now!!!!

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  27. I am in for anything with brinjal...yours sound too tempting...I can imagine how flavorful and tasty this must be...looks so delicious dear :)

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  28. That looks great. I have never seen eggplant like that. I love eggplant.

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  29. such a beautiful dish, never knew the recipe.....awesome it is, tx for sharing!

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  30. Looks delicious....
    http://rumanarawat.blogspot.com

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  31. We use a lot of this type of eggplants in Thai cooking! I must try it soon! Thank you!

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  32. Encore un plat délicieux.
    j'aurai bien aimé en goûté un peu.
    See soon.

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  33. un plat très appétissant et des photos magnifiques, bravo
    bonne journée

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  34. Hi dear, hru doing??? Missed ur latest postings...

    Lovely recipe! ;)

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  35. This is new to me..looks super delicious..yummy!!!!!!!!

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  36. thanks for the information
    thanks for visiting our blog..u have a wonderful space too love to follow
    really liked the eggplant potato combination

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  37. hey the egg plant recipe looks so delicious..

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  38. Lassie dear.. this looks cool.. I specially like the addition the sweety taste..yummmy

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  39. Wonderful..I prefer these green ones over the other :-) But do not get these that often :(Interesting stuffing..

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  40. Aloo in baigan sounds interesting, not so keen about sweetness in curries though :D

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