Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tangy Stuffed Eggplants

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Day2 of Stuffed Delicacies -- Tangy Stuffed Eggplants. I love eggplants..Come to think of it,there isn't an eggplant dish that I have not liked. What prompted me to make this dish last week? A few days ago, my friend tried out a recipe from and had that on the menu for her son's birthday. I was hooked on it and was hogging around the pan that had this dish. Soon-after I wanted to make it at home while the tangy deliciousness was  lingering on my mind. So here it is. Well, the original dish was slightly different and this is my adapted version of it--
A few other Stuffed Eggplant recipes for my new readers-
Maharashtrian "Sugar N Spice" Stuffed Eggplants
Lebanese Stuffed Eggplants With PineNuts N Raisins
Baghare Bhaingan
Stuffed Mini Eggplants In Kadai Gravy
Tangy Stuffed Eggplants on a bed of Fragrant Dill and Lime Beans Rice:
The Original Dish -- So delicious that it made me reach out for second, third and fourth helping..It had a tad more Olive Oil than I would have preferred, but that didn't stop me from reaching out.The Masala wasn't ground or stuffed inside, rather poured over the eggplants..
  • 12#s Small Eggplants
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds (Optional)
  • Lemon-sized Tamarind
For Grinding1:
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp White Sesame seeds(Original recipe calls for Black)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Stalks Curry Leaves
For Grinding2:
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 7 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt for taste
  • Soak the tamarind in a little warm water and extract thick pulp from it.
  • Dry roast the ingredients under "Grinding1" and coarsely grind it.  Set aside.
  • In a pan, add a tbsp of oil and fry the garlic, onions till the onions are browned.
  • Add the tomatoes,all the powders and the salt. Fry till the tomatoes are cooked.
  • Grind them coarsely with no water. 
  • Stuffing Masala: Mix the sesame-cumin powder(Ground Powder) with the ground onion-tomato paste.
  • Quarter the eggplants without cutting through.
  • Stuff each eggplant with a tsp of stuffing.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds(if using). Once it starts sputtering, add the stuffed eggplants and gently fry them for a couple of minutes.
  • Mix the leftover masala with the thick tamarind pulp and pour it on top of the eggplants. Stir gently to incorporate.
  • Check for salt and spice. Add more if needed.
  • Lid the pan and cook for 10 minutes on a low flame until the gravy thickens.
  • Serve this as a side with rice or roti.
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  1. Are they not luscious!
    I love the melding of flavours in this Baghare Baingan inspired masala; personal favourite is the Kashmiri one.

  2. Looks gorgeous and absolutely stuffed eggplant,nice stuffing

  3. I have never seen eggplants look more delicious. I love this and would devour it if I had it in front of me right now.

  4. Healthy n tasty recipe....excellent pics!!!

  5. This definitely is explosion of spices awesome :)

  6. This is one of my favorite ways of having eggplants! my mom makes them real good. Your's look even better with the herbs :)

  7. Looks delicious. Infact I have egg plant sitting in my fridge makes me want to make this one.

  8. Oh wow this stuffed eggplant looks so goodddd, and this my dinner tonight :)) Yummoooo!!

  9. Tongue tickling stuffed eggplants, mouthwatering here..

  10. வாவ்வ்வ் கூல் ரொம்ப சூப்பராயிருக்கு..நா ஊறுது!!

  11. Wow I am drooling..I love stuffed brinjals..My fav too..I am tempted.

  12. id love some of that rice and brinjal..the rice especially looks so perfectly cooked...recipe pls

  13. yummy yumm stuffed eggplants lassie..looks so good...

  14. yummy CL...that is tempting it with pulav or biryani!

  15. I always love the small eggplants but we dont get tht here. Only in Indian stores we get this. Love the recipe . Mouthwatering and delicious.

  16. Another delicious stuffed dish from u .. Looks awesome

    Hamaree Rasoi

  17. Spicy and tempting stuffed brinjals..Looks awesome!!

  18. i loved the stuffed eggplants...looking perfect n ofcourse mouthwatering..

  19. So yummy and full of great flavours.
    Great recipe ♥

  20. Woww.. looks so perfect and delicious.. thanks for sharing !!


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