Vankaya Vepudu ~ Aubergine Stir fry (4)


Quick and simple eggplant stir fry with few ingredients. The addition of ginger-green chilli paste and the presence of spices especially hing (asafoetida) work a subtle magic on the sauteed brinjals, deepening the flavor, making it taste divine.

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Come tea-time, I love to spread a layer of this left over stir fry on a slice of brown bread followed by a dash of date-tamarind chutney, cover with another slice of bread, lightly toast. Goes great over a cup of hot chai.

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Eggplants (Vankaya, Baingan, Aubergine)

Vankaya Vepudu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

1/4 kg purple brinjals, wash and cube and place in salted water

1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste

big pinch turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp chilli pwd

1/2 tsp coriander pwd

pinch methi pwd (dry roast and make a fine pwd)

1 1/4 tbsps oil

salt to taste

For poppu/tadka/seasoning:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

pinch of cumin seeds

pinch of asafoetida

6-7 curry leaves

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel. Add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves and toss about for 8-10 seconds. Add asafoetida and saute for a few secs.
2 Add the cubed brinjals and stir fry for 5 mts without lid on medium high. Constantly stir fry to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Add ginger-green chilli paste, salt and turmeric pwd and combine. Cook for 2 mts.
2 Add coriander pwd, methi pwd and red chilli pwd and combine. Cook with lid on low to medium flame for 18-20 mts or till the brinjals are well roasted and turn soft. Remove lid and cook on high, tossing constantly, for 4 mts.
4 Serve with hot rice or rotis.

Vankaya Vepudu ~ Aubergine Stir fry (4)

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Quick and simple eggplant stir fry with few ingredients. The addition of ginger-green chilli paste and the presence of spices especially hing (asafoetida) work a subtle magic on the sauteed brinjals, deepening the flavor, making it taste divine.
  • SRI

    Dear Sailu,

    picture choostene nooru oorutondandi!! eerooju maa attaya gariki choopinchina mee site, tanu ento appreciate cheesaru.

    Mouth watering.

    Bye,
    Srividya

  • Sudha

    Hi Sailu garu,

    Even i too add ginger paste to this but i didn’t try with methi, have to try today itself.

    Sailu garu one more request could you post any evening snacks without oil.

    Thanks,
    SudhaBalaji.

  • Sharada Toodi

    Hello,
    Sailu garu ,

    It is so good with coriander and methi powder too. I use to make without them and add finely chopped cilantro. Anyway it is very good, this one is my daughter’s favorite. If I send any recipes do you accept?

    Sharada

    Sharada garu, do share your recipes with us. Your most welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rathnam

    Hello Sailu garu,

    You forgot mention when to add ginger-chilli paste to the curry
    Thanks

    Rathnam garu. I have updated the post.

  • Mini

    Hi Sailu,

    My mom makes ‘Vankaya Pachi kaaram,’ where green chillies, ginger and coriander are coarsely ground in a mortar and are added once the brinjals are half-done.The resulting curry is green in colour, temptingly spicy with the ground mixture just half cooked. Is that the way this curry is made too?
    Coz as mentioned by Rathnam, you forgot to tell us when to add the ginger-chilli paste..

    Your blog rocks and I re-read your recipes to gather some inspiration to cook on lazy rainy days like the ones we are having now .. :-)Thanx in advance.

    I’ve updated the post, Mini. This recipe is slightly different from the recipe you mentioned above. I have earlier blogged Vankaya Kothimira Vepudu which is similar to your mother’s recipe. Happy to note the recipes inspire you to cook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shilpa

    hey Sailu,
    looks so yummy!!!!!tastes very good with curd rice also.Thanks for posting the recipe

  • http://www.cookingandme.com nags

    this is the way i usually make it. going to check your other versions now.

  • http://mykitchenrecepies.blogspot.com/ esaiselvi

    I never tried this combination,looks delicious,chala baagundhi

  • sridevi

    Chaala rakaala recipes blog lo pettaru. Thanks for the same. Anni recipes chaala ruchi gaa vachayi.

  • Arati Kodali

    thanks for the recipes. i am a maharashtrian married to an andhraite and i have cooked from these recipes. the dishes turned out really well.

  • R.Punitha

    Sailu,
    one question to you,
    what kind of camera you use
    to take these lovely recipes ?
    Sailu, your recipes are first for our eyes,
    and then only for taste.
    Doing a noble job,
    Take care, bye…

    Punita, I use a simple digital camera, Sony.

  • SREE

    Hi Sailu,

    i tried vankaya the other day but it turned out bitter, i dont know.
    can you guess why did it happen that way..!!

    Love,
    Sree

    Sree, it depends on the type of brinjals you used. Sometimes they are bitter.

  • meghna

    Love your recipes. Have used them everyday for cooking for 2 weeks now! I am a staunch follower of yours since I discovered you 2 weeks ago. Every dish I have made of yours has turned out perfectly and my husband has now graduated me from a “good cook” to a “chef” because of your recipes! Please tell me how to make ginger-chili paste. I live in America and can’t find it in stores.

    Thanx,
    Meghna

  • swarna sree

    awesome pic.
    want to try 2day.

  • Sirisha

    Fantastic Recipe Sailu!

  • aananta

    Can we use the big brinjal with the same recipe ?

    • Sailu

      Yes you can use big brinjal. But the small ones taste best for this recipe.

  • http://bavanigopala.blogspot.com/ Bavani

    Dear Sailu,

    I just tried your recipe today and it’s awesome, my hubby loves it thank you so much for a great simple recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sashidhar999

    Sailu ji……I am 22 male….student…..thanx for ur recipe…..good one…………..meeru married?

  • Jyothi 687

    hi…………………..sailugaru naku me receipes chala bbhaga nacchinay andi thank u sooooooooooooooooo much

  • Jyothi 687

    hi…………………..sailugaru naku me receipes chala bbhaga nacchinay andi thank u sooooooooooooooooo much

  • Little Miss Muffin

    Quick, simple and tasty! What more do you need? This is brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sandy Avvari

    I just made this kura and it was great! I added thinly sliced onions when I put the eggplant in and I didn’t have the methi or coriander powders but it still tasted really good. Given that my Indian cooking skills are terrible (I’m Telugu but I was born and raised in Canada, so I’m pretty Canadian more than anything!). I was so thrilled with the results. I’ll definitely reference your blog again, thanks!