Everyone knows how much I love brinjal. I am always on the lookout for new recipes that I can try out with these little purple beauties. I made this dish many months ago and saved the post for the RCI. This isn't a dish that Amma made. She made it for the first time after I told her about it. I adapted this recipe from Rasachandrika, my konkani cooking encyclopaedia. My maid and my mother-in-law were very skeptical when I started cooking this. They couldn't imagine how a dish could be made without turmeric. I was following a recipe. Modifying it, no doubt, but following it all the same.
1/2 kg Brinjals, finely chopped
2 Onions, finely chopped
2-3 Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1" piece of Cinnamon
2-3 tbsp Coconut, scraped
3-4 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped
3-4 Garlic cloves
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Dip the brinjal pieces in water for 10 minutes and drain. Add salt to the pieces and keep aside.
Heat about 2 teaspoons of oil and fry the chillies, coriander seeds, cloves and cinnamon. Grind together to a fine paste this mixture with the coconut and garlic.
Heat the remaining oil and fry the onions. Add the brinjal pieces and fry for about 2 minutes. Add the ground masala and mix it well. Cook till the brinjals are done. Add the chopped coriander leaves.
We had them with wheat rotis for lunch and with Rice Rotis for dinner. I haven't made it again since only because I have been trying out other dishes with brinjal. But the recipe is a keeper.
Off this goes to Deepa's RCI: Konkani Cuisine.