More eggplants!

I know this totally is like an overdose of eggplants! Did I mention that eggplants are known as brinjals in India?

After last week’s eggplant dishes, we were left with a few small eggplants from the ethnic store. Since we don’t get them so often, we had to use them efficiently. So we made another stuffed eggplant dish. This time, the stuffing is chilli powder, chickpea flour, cumin powder and salt. This is what it looks like (btw, this is what was left of the stuffing).

Chilli stuffing
Chilli stuffing

I just love this particular stuffing. Although this is the first time we had it with eggplants, we usually use it for okras (ladiesfingers/bendakaaya/bhendi) and ivy gourds (tindora/dondakaaya).

Eggplants with chilli stuffing
Eggplants with chilli stuffing
Eggplants with chilli stuffing
Eggplants with chilli stuffing
Eggplants with chilli stuffing
Eggplants with chilli stuffing

We had them with cooked white rice and some ghee (helps reduce the spiciness).

Yesterday, we were at the ethnic store (again) and got this time white small eggplants and a huge batch of coriander leaves. When we have eggplants and coriander, there is another stuffed curry – a no-brainer!

Eggplants with coriander stuffing
Eggplants with coriander stuffing

The coriander stuffing has coriander (obviously!), green chillies and salt. This is how the coriander stuffing looks like.

Coriander stuffing
Coriander stuffing
Eggplants with coriander stuffing
Eggplants with coriander stuffing

This dish was okay with the white eggplants but it tastes great with the little purple ones. It is called ‘vankaaya kothimeera kaaram’. I have eaten this dish innumerable times but one memory stands out. It was ages ago when I was 11 or 12 years old and we were visiting grandparents for holidays. On the day we arrived, my grandma made it for lunch. I really can’t point out what was extraordinary about it but this memory gives me a really warm and nice feeling every single time 🙂

So, that’s the end of eggplant overdose (for this week)! How do you have your eggplants?

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2 thoughts on “More eggplants!

  1. Hmm, eggplants! They are used a lot in Sicilian cuisine, so I get to eat them a lot in Summer. My favourite is either as caponata (roasted and served with vinegar and olive oil) or as “a boca di lupo” (filled with breadcrumb mixture and cheese and then fried). I should make them sometime soon, thanks for reminding!

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