Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bagara Baigan / Aubergine in Spicy Indian Gravy..

Out comes another recipe from my drafts... One of my favoriteeeeeeeee Hyderabadi recipes.., I've grown up eating Bagara Baigan in almost all of the weddings I've attended as a child :D.., It is a Hyderabadi speciality and whem teamed up with smoking hot Hyderabadi biryani.., it paves way to gastronomical heaven (literally).., It is in fact a very simple recipe.., and let me tell you.., MY DAD taught me how to make this heavenly recipe.., It is a bit high on the oil content.., but is worth every last bit of it.., :) :) :).., Without wasting any more time.., let me introduce you to Hyderabad's very own.., Bagara Baigan., Happy reading...

Recipe Courtesy :Vahchef @ Vahrevah.com

Bagara Baigan

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 45mins-1hour


Small baby Brinjals: 8 - 10
Roasted Peanuts: 1 Cup
Roasted Sesame Seeds: 3 tbsp
Roasted Dry Shredded Coconut: 2 tbsp
Finely Chopped Onion: 1 Big
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves: 1 tbsp
Sliced Green Chilllies: 2
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tsp
Tomato Paste: 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves: 1 Spring
Tamarind Paste: 1 tbsp
Jaggery or Sugar: 1-2 tsp
Cumin Powder: 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder: 1tbsp
Red Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
Whole Garam Masala Powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds (Jeera): 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds : 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds: 1 tsp
Asafoetida (Hing): 1/2 tsp
Cloves: 3-4
Cinnamon Stick: 1 (cut into pieces)
Elaichi: 3
Bay Leaf: 1
Salt to Taste


Grind peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut with water. Make a smooth paste. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when they start spluttering, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Add cloves, bay leaf, cinamon stick, elaichi. Fry for a minute. Then add chopped green chillies, onion and hing. Fry onions till it gets golden brown. Add turmeric powder, ginger - garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala. Fry for a minute. Then add tomato paste and some salt. Add some water and bring it to boil. Then add paste of peanuts, sesame seeds & coconut powder & water. Cook for 10 minutes. In mean time, make slits to eggplant (don't cut end). Shallow fry or deep fry them till they are 80% done. Add these brinjals to gravy. Then add salt, tamarind juice, jaggery. Cook this gravy on medium heat till brinjals are 100 % cooked. Garnish this with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with pulao, biryani or chapati.

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