Vankaya Vepudu ~ Brinjal Stir fry (3)



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Vankaya Vepudu – Eggplant Stir fry

A family favorite especially during festive meals. Eggplants aka Vankaya hold a special place in a typical Andhra meals especially on festive days or wedding feasts. For Ugadi our lunch spread would have been incomplete without this subtle sweet-flavored stir fry. Simple to prepare, the key to this recipe is a blend of ginger-garlic-fresh coconut which imparts a nice aroma and flavor.

Vankaaya Vepudu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1/4 kg purple brinjals, cut into quarters

1 large onion chopped

big pinch turmeric pwd

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp cumin pwd

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1 1/2 tbsps oil

salt to taste

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Make a paste:

6-7 garlic cloves

small ginger piece

1 1/4 tbsps grated fresh coconut

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Add the curry leaves and onions and saute for 3 mts.
2 Add the quartered brinjals and stir fry them for 5-6 mts without lid. Stir fry in between to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Add the ground ginger-garlic-coconut paste and combine well. Add salt and turmeric pwd. Saute without lid for 4-5 mts till the rawness of the paste disappears. Add coriander pwd, cumin pwd and red chilli pwd and combine.
4 Place lid and reduce flame and cook till the brinjals have cooked completely and turned soft. Turn off heat. The stir fry will appear almost like a gooey mass (mudda kura).
5 Adjust salt and serve with hot rice.

Vankaya Vepudu ~ Brinjal Stir fry (3)

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Vankaya Vepudu – Eggplant Stir fry A family favorite especially during festive meals. Eggplants aka Vankaya hold a special place in a typical Andhra meals especially on festive days or wedding feasts. For Ugadi...

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21 Responses

  1. Cilantro says:

    When I first saw your Ugadi spread, I was just drooling and was waiting for the recipes and I see one by one coming. Love the vepudu.

  2. Pavani says:

    Vankaya kura looks awesome Sailu.

  3. josh says:

    Wow…here comes my favorite. Allam-velluli paste is common..but I do not remember if my mom also makes with a dash of coconut.That’s something new. Did you add Menthi podi or koora podi to it too?
    a must try.. nice pics.
    Cheers
    JOSH

    Coconut makes a difference to this recipe, Josh. No menthi or koora podi.

  4. Uma says:

    I love, love vankaya stir fry! Looks absolutely divine and mouth-watering Sailu! :)

  5. Siri says:

    Thats one yummy looking eggplant curry Sailu :) Will try it sometime soon!

    Cheers,
    Siri

  6. kalva says:

    love eggplant curry

  7. subhadra says:

    Hi Sailaja,
    I have been a regular visitor to your website, though this is my first post here.Love the way you present the food. Congrats for the same. Just wanted to inform you that this picture of Panakam in Sakshi Paper I think is from your Summer coolers. Please check this once.

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    Thanks,
    Subhadra

    Thanks for taking the time to inform me, Subhadra. They haven’t taken my permission before using images from my blog.

  8. Prasanna says:

    Dear Sailu,

    I happened be an occasional visitor to your blog for a simple reason that your recipes are just simple to follow. I kind of make quick stop to the site when I’m confused about what to cook and leave the site grabbing an idea enthusiastic to prepare. I must say your recipes differ by far from the zillion fancy recipes that float on the internet. There is always a health dimension added to your recipes besides they are simple and tasty (I see cooking as a great responsibility and as accountable for the health of those eats, I truly believe health is real wealth). I now find some pearls of wisdom on top of the page (May be they are there and I never noticed) which are really motivational. We really need ideas like these in the current troubled times where negativity and selfishness is all round. I just want to congratulate you for the good work. Keep it up.

    Thank you and Wish you success.
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  9. Hyma says:

    Thanks for sharing shailu gaaru

  10. Remya says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Thanks for the recipe… Looks yummy… I tried the other Stuffed Brinjal stir fry posted on your site and it became an instant hit in my family…All my family members jus love that recipe…..

    I will surely try this variation too… Thanks once again for all your recipes….

    Remya

  11. R.Punitha says:

    Hi Sailu,
    It’s completely a new dish to me.
    It’ll suit with chappathis also.
    Thanks a lot Sailu.
    Doing a noble job, Bye. Take care…

  12. Sudha says:

    Hello sailu garu

    Vankaya fry is simply superb…:)

    Sailu garu yesterday i was browsing the net when i found dat all your recipes r copied including pics…i dont know whether dat site is ur guest blogger…

    i want to inform u …

    here is da link:

    telugu24.com

    Thanks
    SudhaBalaji..

    Thanks for informing me, Sudha garu.

  13. lissie says:

    loved your vankaya vepudu! great combination with rice…!

  14. Divya Vikram says:

    Perfect side with dhall and rice.

  15. Latha says:

    Hi Sailugaru,

    I love your recipies, please give me recipe for Mango avakaya pickle with details of kind of mangoes to be used.

    thanks a lot

  16. Ramya says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Thanks for the wonderful and simple recipe.
    It was very tasty. V thoroughly njoyed it.

  17. Rajiv says:

    Hello Sailu gaaru..

    mee vankaya koora recipe aduurss!!!!

    good job..your site is of great help for this bachelor
    Thanks

  18. sri says:

    When do we add the onion, or its not needed. i see it in the ingredients but not in the preparation.

  19. sandhya says:

    Tastes yummy sailu !

  20. Ru says:

    ah.. i tried this recipe yesterday, i was cooking brinjal for the first time and the curry came out tasting really bitter :( :( …my mom told me you are supposed to soak cut brinjals in salt water for a bit….

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