Stuffed Brinjal is a delicacy that has a hundred different methods of preparation – influenced by the culture and changes over the times. My mother in law is an expert in this delicacy and she would make it often when we visited home in Srirangam. My husband loves eggplants and specially this particular dish and relishes it ,when its lovingly made by his mother.At his request, I learnt to make this dish from my mother in law. Over times, on account of lavish use of oil, I have concocted my own way of simplifying this dish to accommodate both counts of flavour and health. There are a number of little tips that are important for this delicacy to turn out the way its supposed to be presented. Care should be taken to buy fresh, tender, small brinjals, and prepare it in its freshest form, to minimise the effort involved as well as the oil used in its preparation.Most of the cooking is finished in the microwave oven, so that saves a lot of time, makes it a lot more simpler, and reduces the oil used. My recent addition of the Calphalon Sear Pan with its super wide base and sear bottom halves the cooking time and makes it fuss free.
INGREDIENTS: 15 tender and fresh Brinjals.
Roast in oil:
4 Tsp Dhania
2 Tsp Bengal Gram.
1 Tsp Toor Dhal
1 Tsp Pottu Kadalai .
1 Tsp Peanuts.
6 – 7 Red Chillis
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Coconut
5- 7 Curry Leaves
- Clean the brinjals, dry them and slit them in horizontally and vertically until you just reach the stalk. Do not remove the stalk and place them on a microwave safe plate greased with oil.
- Spray the brinjals with oil spray/ (spread gingely oil ) and sprinkle salt over them. Cook the brinjals in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes. They will turn soft and semi cooked.
- Roast the captioned ingredients in oil and powder them finely in a mixer. The ground powder already has salt which will help to flavour the brinjals.
- When the brinjals are cooled, stuff the powder inside the brinjals, and keep them closed again as if they were whole. Since they are sprayed with oil, the stuffing will stick to the sides of the brinjals.
- Pop in the microwave for another 2 minutes.
- Take a wide mouthed pan, add oil, and season with mustard and curry leaves and slowly place the stuffed brinjals one by one, in to the pan.
- Cover and cook on low flame for about twenty minutes. Keep adding a spoon or two of oil, if you think its getting dry.
- If needed sprinkle a few drops of water and cook until the brinjals are soft and cooked to perfection.
- When one side of the brinjal gets seared, tip them over with a spoon so they cook uniformly.
- When done switch off stove and serve HOT with Mango Kuzhambu or Chinna Vengaya Vathal Kuzhambu.