Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vaingana Upkari ~ Stir fried Brinjal

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Getting back to blogging after long is difficult indeed.The break was unintentional.I thought I could continue blogging despite the hectic work going on but I was wrong.I didn't have any drafts ready too so the blog suffered in the meantime.Diwali came and went without a single festive recipe here,sorry to disappoint all of you who came in to check the specials.


Which reminds me,hope everyone had a great Diwali.As is the norm in our house,we get into a strict diet mode the moment Diwali festivities are done,which mostly happens at the sight of the last sweet disappearing(into our tummy of course!)so that we can gear up for Christmas:):)
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Brinjal is one vegetable I share a love-hate relationship with.On the outset I'd say I dislike Brinjal but if cooked the right way with the right kind of spices,I don't mind having it.Amma makes a mean Brinjal upkari with Sambhar powder and this is my way of doing it.


Vaingana Upkari - Stir fried Brinjal


Ingredients


Brinjal - 3 medium,sliced and soaked in water
Onion - 1 medium,thinly sliced(amma doesn't use onions)
Sambhar powder - 2 tsp
Tamarind extract - 1 tsp(I used readymade tamarind paste)
Hot water - 1/4 cup
Grated Jaggery - 1 tbsp(optional)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste


Method


Drain the brinjal slices soaked in water and apply salt.Keep aside for a few minutes till you get everything else ready.
Soak the tamarind extract and sambhar powder in hot water.
In a kadai add oil and splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
Mix in the onions and saute till it starts turning golden brown.
Add the sambhar powder-tamarind mix and the grated jaggery.Mix well.
Squeeze the brinjal pieces well and mix in.Cover with a lid and cook for 5-7 minutes or till the brinjal is tender and cooked evenly.



18 comments :

  1. Welcome back Divya. Hope you had a great Diwali!

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  2. simple n delicious curry..looks perfect

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  3. This sounds like a flavourful n easy curry...me too have a love hate relationship with brinjals :)

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  4. We too make this, only that we cut in a different way, yours looks very appealing...

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  5. I too make this Vaingana Upkari with some variation. Nice pics too!

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  6. Looks so yummy and inviting, Luv all those clicks

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  7. Stir fried brinjals looks fabulous and quite inviting..

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  8. Welcome back dear. Hope you had a great Diwali. Loved this delicious brinjal recipe.

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  9. Welcome back Divya..hope you had great time during Diwali with your family...

    This palya is very much of my kind simple yet very delicious.

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  10. Hey Divya,

    Happy Diwali (though belated)..Wish you the very best...Yes indeed, have been disappointed as you seemed to have vanished, and no diwali posts :(...ssoooo, now you need to make up to us...eagerly awaiting your lovely creations, and of course some lovely sweet recipies to compensate, what say !

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  11. Wow !!! this is new to me. Never tried adding sambhar powder and jaggery in stir fry. Looks very delicious. Bookmarked.

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  12. I think the Diwali season saw a lot of us taking looong breaks from blogging! :) welcome back... beautiful recipe!

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Divya.

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