A Roundup of Baby Brinjal Recipes

As I looked through the recipes I have written about, I see that I have a lot that feature brinjal (aka aubergine or eggplant). My family loves brinjals of all shapes and sizes. Given that the biryani-pulao roundup I did a few days ago was well-received, I thought I would do one that features brinjals.

This post features only those recipes which use baby brinjals or gutti vankaya as call them in Telugu.

So here goes:

  • Dahiwale Achari Baingan was new for me as well and I was bowled over by the combination of spices and the spicy taste.
  • Vankaya Kothimeera Kharam uses a simple masala made from coriander, green chillies, and ginger to spice up some fried baby brinjals.
  • Vankaya Vepudu or Brinjal Stir Fry is one of the simplest dishes you can make with brinjals of any shape or size.
  • Gutti Vankaya Koora. This is a famous Andhra recipe where baby brinjals are stuffed with a special spice powder known as menthi podi that has fenugreek as the main flavour.
  • Gutti Vankaya Ulli Kharam is another popular stuffed brinjal recipe from Andhra Pradesh that uses a spicy onion-chilli masala.
  • Bharli Vangi is a famous recipe from Maharashtra that has baby brinjals cooked with a flavorful peanut-sesame-coconut masala.

I do hope you try some of the recipes. I will post another roundup of recipes that involve other kinds of brinjals soon!

Vankaya-Bangala Dumpa Mudda Koora (Eggplant/Aubergine with Potato) – 1

Vankaya-Bangala Dumpa Mudda Koora is a very simple and delicious bhaji that can be had both with rice and rotis.

I make many versions of this koora and here is the simplest version.

You will often find this koora being served at Andhra weddings!

Ingredients

  1. Vankaya/Aubergine (Large) – 1/4 Kg
  2. Potato – 1 Large
  3. Chillies – 3 or 4
  4. Rai/Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Udad Dal – 1 tsp
  6. Chana Dal – 1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  8. Oil – 1 tbsp
  9. Salt to Taste
  10. Curry Leaves – A few

Method

  1. Cut the aubergine into about 1.5″ cubes.
  2. Peel and dice potatoes into 1″ cubes.
  3. Pressure cook potatoes and aubergine together with enough water to cover the vegetables for about two whistles.
  4. Drain the excess water.
  5. Lightly mash the vegetables with a heavy ladle.
  6. In a kadai/wok, heat the oil.
  7. Add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  8. Add the udad dal and chana dal.
  9. Fry till golden brown.
  10. Add spilt red chillies and fry for 5 secs.
  11. Add the mashed vegetables, turmeric, salt, and curry leaves.
  12. Mix well.
  13. Serve hot with rice or rotis.

If you have access to Gummidikaya Vadiyalu, fry a few and add to the koora.