Saturday, 16 December 2017

Eggplant (Brinjal) Sambar

Try this….Sambar. It’s easy, different, delicious! Made without using dal. Just one type of vegetable and a bit of grinding that does wonders!! While the boiling sambar does most of your job, don’t miss taking note of the pointers given at the end of the recipe.
Dish Type:  South Indian Vegetable Stew
PC: Smt. Saraswathi
Preparation Time:  15 min
Cooking time:  30 min
Serves:  4 persons
Yield: 1 litre (approx.)

For cooking:
Brinjal                         250 gms (5 to 6 nos. approx. of green round variety)
Water                          1/2 litre
Turmeric powder        A pinch
Curry leaves                1 sprig
Green chillies              1 no. (optional)
Jaggery                        1/2 tsp (optional)
Ghee                            A drop
Tamarind paste           1/2 tsp (1/4 tsp at the start and 1/4 tsp towards the end of boiling)
Salt to taste                 3/4 tsp approx. (1/2 tsp at the start and 1/4 tsp towards the end of boiling)
For grinding:
Raw grated coconut    125 gms
Dhania (dry fried)       15 gms
Red Chillies                 4 nos.
For seasoning:
Ghee                            1/2 tsp (or coconut oil/any other cooking oil)
Mustard seeds                        1/2 tsp
Asafoetida                   A pinch
For garnishing
Coriander leaves

Wash brinjal, curry leaves and coriander leaves in water. Drain the water.
Cut each brinjal into 8 pieces.
Boil them for about 6 to 8 min. in a vessel along with water, turmeric powder, tamarind paste, salt, curry leaves, green chillies and jaggery.
While boiling…  
Grate raw coconut. Dry fry dhania.
Grind the above ingredients along with red chillies, initially without using water and then continue grinding using approx. 50 ml water.
Mix this ground chutney to the cooked but still boiling brinjal. Also add little more salt and tamarind paste (refer ingredients list for approx. quantities) and continue boiling for few more minutes. Can you sense that splendid smell of sambar?
Now is the time for seasoning…..
For this, heat ghee or coconut oil in a small skillet. Put mustard seeds. When they crackle switch off the burner. Now add asafoetida and immediately pour over the cooked brinjal sambar.
Garnish it with thoroughly washed and chopped fresh coriander leaves.
Wow…. Delicious Brinjal Sambar is now ready!

Tete - a - Tete:
You can adjust the quantity of salt, chillies and tamarind paste depending on your choice.
Do not miss the special instructions given on splitting the total quantity of salt and tamarind paste to be used.
To reduce the bitterness of brinjal (if required) after slicing them, sprinkle salt evenly over it and mix thoroughly. Leave it for 10 min. and rinse well before use.
Green round variety of brinjal used in this recipe is also known as “Matti Gulla”, grown in Udupi district of Karnataka State, India.
Eggplant or brinjal is also called by other names like Aubergine (in the western part of the world) Baigan (in India) etc.
Recipe Contributor: Smt. Saraswathi

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