Methi Baingan

Growing up, eggplant was the most cooked vegetable in my house. I can safely say that I have tasted most of the dishes that can possibly be made with Baingan, be it Eggplant chutney, Bagara Baingan or Baingan Bhartha or Vankaya karam (Eggplant with Redchillies) One of my favorites from my mom's kitchen is the Vankaya kothimeerakaram (Chinese eggplants simmered in Coriander gravy).
The combination of Methi and Eggplant sure is unusual but you have to trust me on this. The bitter methi leaves simmered in tangy tomato gravy with the crisp brinjals makes a perfect combination with rotis or rice.

Recipe:Sanjeev Kapoor

2 bunches Methi leaves, leaves separated and washed
12 small eggplants
2 Big Onions, chopped
4 green chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp Amchur powder or Chat masala
1 cup Gram Flour/Besan
Pinch of Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
6 curry leaves
2 tbsps Ginger garlic paste
3/4 cup Tomato Puree
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder(optional)
Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Slit the eggplants vertically by keeping the stem intact
  • Place them in a bowl of salt water and set aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds,chillies, onions, curry leaves and fry for a couple of minutes
  • Add the methi leaves and stir fry for 5-8 min
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more min
  • Stir in the Cumin-coriander powder, red chilli powder and then add the tomato puree.Cook for a few minutes
  • Add salt, garam masala, turmeric powder and 1/3 cup water and cook for about 10 min until the gravy thickens.
  • In the mean time, make the besan batter by mixing the gram flour, baking soda, salt, redchilli powder, and amchur powder.Make sure that the batter is not very watery. 1 cup besan can take about 3/4 cup water give or take.
  • Heat the oil about 1 cup oil in a wok to deep fry
  • Dip the eggplants one by one in the besan batter and carefully immerse them in to the oil
  • Deep fry them and place them on a plate lined with a paper tissue to drain off any excess oil
  • Arrange them in a bowl and pour the gravy over the eggplants
  • Garnish with Coriander leaves
  • I loved it with roti.


Sharmilee! :) said...

The methi flavour with brinjals...yum yum

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww... chala bagundi ee recipe.. ventane cheseyali anipisthondi.. thanks for sharing :)
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Prathibha said...

very very delicious looking curry...if I could grab one 2 two baingans my dinner could hv been fixed easily..:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Very delicious looking eggplants...yummmmyy

Bharathy said...

Wowiee! I had my tummy fill dinner and you make me drool! methileaves, brinjals, gravy, yummy!!

Priti said...

Oh my ..this looks so delicious and such yummy combo ...loved it

Uma said...

Looks so tempting and delicious.

Padhu said...

Thanks for dropping by and for your nice words .Eggplant gravy looks so delicious and tempting

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Wow so good curry.. chaaala chaala superbb!!

Priya said...

Slurp, very tempting and delicious methi baingan..

Shri said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

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