Eggplants are such a versatile vegetable, and it can take on any avatar, and still tastes great. They have a special place in every cuisine of India as well as internationally.
Eggplant is one vegetable which absorbs a lot of oil, I wanted to make the Achaari Baingan without a lot of oil. So instead of frying it directly nuking it in the microwave seemed to work well. Here is my contribution to JFI event for July hosted by Sangeeta from Ghar ka Khana.
6 small brinjals
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp kalonji(onion seeds)
1/2 tsp hing
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp chilli pwd
1/4 tsp fenugreek pwd
2 tomatoes pureed
1/4 tsp sugar
salt to taste
2 green chillies slit
1 tbsp coriander leaves
Slit the baingan into four keeping them whole.
Sprinkle salt on the baingan and microwave them for about 5 minutes.
Heat 1 tsp oil and fry the baingan till light brown.
Heat another 2 tsp oil, add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, kalonji seeds, hing, and turmeric.
Stir well add garlic, stir lightly add chilli pwd and fenugreek pwd.
Add tomato puree, sugar and salt.
Keep stirring till thick add baingan and green chillies. Cook till a thickish gravy clings to baingan. Add coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or rotis.