Eggplant/brinjal or baigan chutney. A lipsmackingly delicious chutney with very simple ingredients. Eggplant/aubergine or baigan haters will also enjoy this chutney without recognizing eggplant or brinjal in it.
You need very simple ingredients to make this chutney. For best result always use seedless brinjal or eggplant. And you can customize the recipe according to your taste. I have used dry coconut in the chutney. You can use fresh coconut pieces if you want. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder for more spicy chutney. Usually same amount of eggplant and tomato used to make this chutney but I like more tomatoes and less eggplant in my chutney. So I used a small eggplant and three tomatoes. Tomatoes and tamarind both will make your chutney tangy and tasty. I have used eggplant, tomatoes, dry coconut pieces, green chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, roasted peanuts, dry red chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, tamarind paste with some spices.
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. Gur aam
293 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Tiffin Side Dish suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. You can get many chutney recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her delicious Vegetarian pad thai noodles to try soon. And her Gujarati kanda Kairi recipe is also in my list to try.
I like my chutney tangy and spicy. Hotness depends on the green chilli you are using. You can taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste. You have to roughly chop the ginger and green chilli. You can also serve it without blending as a side dish with roti, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I used roasted peanut but if you don’t have roasted peanut then you can dry roast the peanut separately or fry the peanut with ginger, green chilli and coconut. If you are using seedless eggplant, then its impossible to recognize the taste of eggplant or brinjal/baigan in the chutney.
Eggplant/aubergine or brinjal (baigan) – 1 small
Tomato – 3, chopped
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped
Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste
Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped into small pieces
Salt to taste
Cumin/jeera powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric/haldi powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Mustard seeds/rai – 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves
Dry red chilli – 1
Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Tamarind or imli paste – 1/2 tablespoon or to taste
Roasted peanut – 1 tablespoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
1..Chop the eggplant or brinjal in cubes. Immerse the eggplant pieces in sufficient water to avoid discoloring.
2. Chop ginger and green chilli roughly.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add half of the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to splutter add 4-5 chopped curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilli and coconut pieces. You can also add a few chopped garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.
4. Fry till coconut pieces becomes light brown. Now add eggplant or brinjal, salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well and cover.
5. Cook till eggplant becomes soft. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add chopped tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and roasted peanut.
6. Mix and cook covered till tomato becomes mushy. Add tamarind paste, mix and remove from heat. Taste and add more salt or tamarind paste if required. I added 2 teaspoon more tamarind paste because I like my chutney tangy. It will be delicious. You can enjoy it with roti, paratha or Indian flatbread.
7. Let it cool down. Blend the mixture in your mixer grinder.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan or wok. Add remaining mustard seeds and 4-5 curry leaves. When seeds starts to splutter pour the tempering on the chutney. Your chutney is ready to serve. Serve with idli, dosa or any meal.
1. You can use roasted eggplant to make this chutney if you like smoky flavour.
2. If you want your chutney more spicy, then add some more green chilli or you can also use some red chilli powder with other spices.
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