Vaangi Baath/ Spicy Brinjal Rice Recipe

Vaangi Baath/ Spicy Brinjal Rice

Vaangi Baath/ Spicy Brinjal Rice is a very flavorful and tasty dish. The spices blend very well with brinjal and give an out of the world taste. It is the best recipe for a weekend. As said, it is an one pot meal. You can prepare a cucumber raita or a salad as a side dish. If you are very lazy, just fry some delicacies or appalam to serve with this.

You need to prepare a dry powder/ condiment. It is more or less like the brinjal powder that we have already shared on this website. Except for adding cinnamon, clove and cardamom, the ingredients are mostly the same.

Vaangi baath/ Spicy Brinjal Rice

Author: Vidhya

Prep Time 15 min

Cook Time 15 min

Key Ingredients

Brinjal- 1/2 kg ( voilet or green color)
Cooked rice 1 cup
Oil – 3 to 4 table spoons
Ghee- as per taste

For seasoning
Mustard seeds
Chana dal- 1 tea spoon
Urad dal- 1 tea spoon
Asafoetida ( hing) a pinch
Dry red chili 1-2 nos.
Curry leaves

For the dry powder
Whole dry daniya- 1/4 cup
Chana dal – 5-6 table spoons
Urad dal – 5-6 table spoons
Curry leaves
Hing – a pinch
Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tea spoon
Cinnamon sticks 1-2 inch
Cardamom- 2-3
Clove- 2-3

Method

  1. In a skillet, add a tea spoon of oil & dry roast the above said dry powder ingredients in the same order. Let it rest for a while.
  2. Add to a blender & coarsely grind them. Keep aside.
  3. Cook Sona masoori or any raw rice & ensure they don’t stick to each other. Cool it down.
  4. Wash & Chop the brinjals in a vertical size. Ensure that the thickness is medium, or else they may get mashed up.
  5. In a skillet, add cooking oil . Add mustard seeds & once it splutters, add chana, urad dal, hing and curry leaves. Keep the flame in medium.
  6. Once they turn light golden color, add chopped brinjals. Saute for 5-10 min. Add salt to taste. Close the lid for few minutes while sauteing in between.
  7. Once brinjals are cooked, add the dry powder, curry leaves & some salt ( if required).
  8. Cool it for a while, then add the cooked rice & a dash of ghee to enrich the aroma.
  9. Toss it well

Serve hot with cucumber raita

Useful Tips

#1 I have used ujala brinjal for this dish. Native brinjal variety is the best. Brinjal/ aubergine which are small are best suited for this recipe. You should not have too much of seeds. It will be bitter.

#2 If you are a vegan, you can avoid using ghee. Instead, add sesame oil. Salad or chips also go well with this dish.

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