Stuffed baingan / bharva baingan/ baby brinjal stuffed with spicy masala.

We as mothers, do a lot of circus to feed our kids healthy and nutritious. Our brain works ten times more than normal and think in innumerous ways to feed them. One such thing is “vegetables” I don’t really understand why kids don’t like them or may be because we force them to eat and they are hell bent to do  the opposite of what we say ? I really don’t know… not just kids .. also the better-halves 😠 I try to feed my family with vegetables quite often and end of the day, I end up finishing whatever I have cooked.

“What’s for dinner today?” he would ask

“Baingan” i’d promptly answer

This would usually fall below his standard of acceptable replies.

“I shall order from outside. Who eats baingan!!” would be his prompt reply 😆

So i just want to conclude saying not just with kids, sometimes you ‘ll have to go out of the way to feed adults too …

I make it a point to feed my family with eggplant, they like it or no (at least my kids) baingan is very rich in iron and is good for all of us. Not that I am a big baingan lover. I love to add all types of veggies in our diet to ensure we all get good nutrition.

This recipe is loved by most of my friends and relatives with whom I had once shared. I personally love this as this goes too good especially with jowar Roti. These go good with chapathis as well.

Ingredients

500 grams baby brinjals (baingan)

½ cup peanuts (moongphali)

2 tbsp sesame seeds

1 cup dessicated coconut

4-5 garlic cloves, chopped

½ inch ginger, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp red chili powder

¼ teaspoon garam masala powder or goda masala powder

½ teaspoon coriander powder

½ teaspoon cumin seeds powder

1/2tbsp grated jaggery

1 pinch asafoetida (hing) – optional

2 to 4 tablespoon oil

2 cups water

salt as required

Method

  1. Cut the small baingan  (X shaped cut on the bottom of a baby brinjal. Cut till half way and also check for worms)and dip it in salted water for 20 mins. If you donot dip them in water, the baby eggplants turn black as they have alot of iron content in them.
  2. In a pan,dry roast peanuts, seasame seeds and coconut till coconut turns Brown.Set aside ..
  3.  In a mixie jar, add onion(save a tbsp for later use) garlic ginger and the roasted ingredients and coriander leaves… and grind to a smooth paste
  4. Stuff the baingans and set aside.
  5. In a kadhai add 3tbsp oil and add onions n fry till translucent. . Add chopped tomatoes and fry for a few minutes or till the oil separates.
  6. Add the remaining ground masala and fry.
  7. Add rest of the dry powders and jaggery and salt. Add little water and cook…
  8. Add the baingans and cook on low flame till oil seperates and the baingan is well cooked.

Tips

  • You can increase the spice level accordingly by adding green chillies to the mixer jar when you grind the onions and other ingredients to paste.
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