This Maharashtrian recipe for Baingan Masala uses quite a few steps and effort. But the result is well worth it. The sabji is bursting with a number of classic flavors and will become a sure hit at any meal-table.
Peanuts and sesame seeds give a crunch and strong flavour to the masala.
Stuff the brinjals properly and ensure to pack these completely with the masala.
If you don’t want gravy in this recipe, just cook the masala stuffed brinjals in a heavy bottom pan with 2 tablespoon oil and skip the remaining steps of the recipe.
Gravy is specially required if you intend to eat the brinjals with the rice. In north indian recipes, brinjal is generally cooked without the gravy.
Don’t move brinjals too much after adding the water, else masala will come out and mix with the gravy.
You can use this recipe with all type of brinjals, but only requirement is to take small ones as with big ones you won’t get the flavor or the masala properly.
- Baingan 5 (small)
- Onion 3
- Tomatoes 2
- Garlic pods 4
- Ginger-Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
- Green chillies 2
- Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon
- Hing 2 pinches
- Garam Masala powder ½ teaspoon
- White sesame seeds 2 tablespoon
- Coconut powder 2 tablespoon
- Peanuts 2 tablespoon
- Salt to taste
- Water 2 cups
- Oil 4 to 5 tablespoons
Dry roast the peanuts on a non stick pan on low flame for a couple of minutes. Cool a bit and remove the skin.
Heat the same pan on low and dry roast for about 3 minutes, the peanuts, white sesame seeds and Coconut powder. Stir continuously so that they do not burn.
Remove in a mixer jar and cool it completely. Add ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt as per taste and hing. Grind it to a medium coarse powder and keep till further use.
Now, Wash the brinjals well. Using a sharp knife, put in two cross slits starting from the bottom towards the stalk without cutting all the way through.
Stuff each brinjal with the masala mixture as much as possible.
Heat up 2 tablespoons oil in a non stick pan on low flame. Keep the brinjals for shallow frying.
Keep on changing the sides so that they get cooked all over. Remove on paper towels and keep aside to add to gravy later.
To make the gravy, slice up 2 onions and finely chop the third one.
Again, in a thick bottom pan or the same pan in which the brinjals were fried,add 2 tablespoons oil.
Heat on low flame. Add only the sliced onion and fry till light golden brown in color.
Take this fried onion in a mixer jar. Chop the tomatoes roughly and add to the jar. Put in the Ginger-Garlic paste and green chillies too. Blend to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
Take a pan and heat one teaspoon oil on low flame. Put third chopped onion in the pan and saute for a minute. Add the ground paste and cook till it changes colour.
Season with little salt, ½ teaspoon of red chilli powder, and garam masala powder.
Put in the brinjals. Add about 2 cups of water and cover with a lid.
Simmer till the brinjals take in the gravy flavors.
The gravy consistency can be adjusted at this stage as per preference. Check and adjust seasonings.
Shut off the flame when the brinjals looks soft and well cooked. Garnish with chopped green coriander leaves.
Serve hot with any rice preparation or rotis.