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Mohalai Brinjal - A rich party recipe

posted 19 Nov 2012, 04:30 by R A   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 04:31 ]
Brinjal - Small 1kg
Garlic - 6 to 8 Flakes
Pepper -1 tbsp
Small Onions (Sambar Onions) - 1/4 kg
Tamrind - 1 lemon size (or Tamrind Paste - 1/4 cup )
Cashew nuts - 50 gms
Ground nuts - 50 gms
Tomato - Ripe Banglore Tomato (Big in size) - 2 nos
Salt - To taste
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Dhania (Coriander) Powder - 1/2 tsp(optional)

Grind cashew nuts, ground nuts, garlic and tomato into a fine paste. Divide the tamrind paste into two. Add 1/2 cup of water to one portion. In a shallow pan add oil and fry the pepper in it. Add the small onions to it and fry it too.

Slit the brinjals into 4 (do not cut it fully), and add it to the oil. Saute it for a while. Add the coriander powder and red chilly powder and mix it well with the vegetables. Add the watery tamrind paste and salt and let it boil for while. Add the ground paste to it and boil it till the oil separates. Add the thick tamrind paste to it and reduce the flame. Let it boil for another 10 to 15 mins till the raw smell of the tamrind goes off.

This makes a great side dish for Vegetable Pulov, Vegetable Briyani and hot white rice.