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Monday, June 22, 2009

Baingan Bhaja

The wait is over. My parents & in-laws landed here last week & all of them are enjoying in their own way. I cooked many new dishes to impress my mom-in-law, but failed in each attempt. As I am not used to cooking for 8 people at a time, I used to always go wrong while adding salt or tamarind. My MIL, being an excellent cook used to find the dishes not that tasty. My mom used to praise me (as expected, she is happy that I'm cooking so many new dishes). I kept on waiting for an opportunity to impress my MIL. She is not that fond of North Indian dishes & I have not yet mastered Udupi(South Canara) cuisine that she loves to eat.
Just as any other day, I decided to cook a bengali dish, Baingan Bhaja along with Punarpuli Saaru/Rasam. I had not seen her prepare punarpuli/kokum rasam & was almost sure that she would be captivated. When I presented the dish, the expression was ulta(opposite). All of them thoroughly enjoyed eating baingan bhaja. I cooked baingan bhaja using long purple eggplants & all of them relished that. Finally, I impressed all of them with this bhaja & especially my mom-in-law. (he he, I thought I would impress her with rasam but did with bhaja, whatever it be, I'm happy that I impressed them)
I have asked her the authentic recipe for punarpuli rasam & she is cooking the rasam tonite for all of us :) You guys have to wait for my coming posts for the authentic MIL's punarpuli saaru.
Ingredients for baingan bhaja
Long Purple eggplants : 2 nos
Oil: 1 tbsp for each brinjal
Salt: According to taste
Chilli Powder: 1 tsp
Garam Masala: 1/2 tsp
Amchur Powder: 1/2 tsp
Chiroti rawa/small rawa: 1tbsp




Method:
  • Slice the eggplants & soak them in water for 15-20minutes.
  • Meantime, mix all the spice powders(amchur powder, chilli powder) including rawa & salt.
  • Remove the slices from water & pat them dry.
  • Heat a griddle. When hot, add few drops of oil.
  • Sprinkle some spice powders on both the sides of the eggplant slices. Place these slices on the griddle, add few drops of oil to each slice & cook both sides on a low-medium heat.
  • Serve it as a side dish for rice or roti.

22 comments:

sowmya said...

it happened with me too..trying to impress my Mil.thi sone looks delicious...

Prathibha said...

This looks yummy sush....

Parita said...

i love baigan bhaja, my roomy had prepared this once and we all had enjoyed it so much, i love the use of amchur..yummy!

Priya said...

I do prepare quite similar to ur eggplant bhaja, urs looks amazing..

Shama Nagarajan said...

different yummy recipe..delicious

SJ said...

I don't even know why you bother to cook kane! I would have happily sat watching TV or reading some book making the 2 ladies battle it out in the kitchen :P
But glad that you impressed your MIL. Yep, even I can't cook for so many people- I even have trouble with the dal measurement sighs. and yes, pizza temp. 500F.

Smitha said...

It is so difficult to impress MILs right.. They are such good cooks and we are still in the testing phase ;) My MIL is very sweet and when ever I cook she is all appreciating and encouraging but then I do get to know what she really things about written clearly on her face!

Ann said...

Sounds yumm:) I too make this sometime :) your picture is so good

Trupti said...

looks delicious.

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Smitha said...

Hey. So sweet of you to think of cooking for everyone. I too tried impressing my MIL when I first got married and it didn't work. Now, when I'm at her place, I never take the pains to impress and cook normal food and to my surprise she was impressed. So, that's the trick.

Mangala Bhat said...

Woow ! looks soo yummy ! Thanks for sharing

Pavithra said...

Looking yummy dear..

My Experiments with Cooking said...

First time here. Nice blog. After knowing so many brinjal recipes, I find new ones everyday. Sounds simple n yumm!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow brinjal being my favourite....variations with it are always welcome...looks yum...

DEESHA said...

I make this with Khichdi most of the time .. yumm

CHAITRA said...

Looks very tasty and spicy!!Yummy way to impress!!!
Drop in sometime to my place!!

Purva Desai said...

They look really tempting

Bergamot said...

looks really delicious.. a simple and to prepare tasty baingan... i liked it a lot. Will try it.

Sush said...

@All,
Thanks a lot ladies for all your warm comments.

Sanghi said...

yummy blog sush.. do check mine!

SJ said...

I made this. I now know why your mil was impressed. I kept eating it straight from the pan! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Sush said...

@SJ,
I'm glad that you liked it. It is also so very easy to prepare alwa??

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