Monday, May 5, 2008

Jhaua Baigan (Eggplant) ke Khatta Meetha Tarkari (Curry)

This is a very famous preparation of Eggplant (aka Brinjal) in Mithila. I recently had a chance to get a taste of it during my wedding. I liked it so much first time that I requested the person (who cooked it first time) to make it again for my Ek-Bhukt meal. Well this is a simple preparation and adds a different kind of taste to the meal. Those who love eggplant will love it for sure. Jhaua Baigan is the variety of eggplant which is thin and long. There are 3 varieties of this eggplant Green, Viotel and White (in some parts of the world).

  1. EggPlant (Baigan or Brinjal) 500gm (thin and long ones).
  2. Tamarind (Imli) 100gm.
  3. Jaggery (Gur) 100 gm
  4. Cummins (Jeera) powder (1 tbs)
  5. Coriander (Dhaniya) Powder (1 tbs)
  6. Turmeric (Haldi) Powder (1 tbs)
  7. Chilli (Laal Mirch) Powder (1/2 tbs optional)
  8. Kitchen King masala (2tbs)

  1. Cut Eggplant in half (in length) and then 4 pieces along the length so that they pieces are joined from one end.
  2. Soak Tamarind in 250 ml water and leave that for 1 hr so that it is mixed with water. Drain the Tamarind seeds out of the mix and keep the mix aside.

  1. Heat oil (mustard oil the best) in Pan for Deep Fry.
  2. Deep fry Eggplant for 3-5 mins on medium heat.
  3. Keep it aside after frying so that the excess oil is drained.
  4. Heat small amount of oil in a separate pan.
  5. When the oil is heated use Phoran mix(Panchphoran, Heeng, Tej Patta) etc for Seasonings. This will add some aroma to the food.
  6. Add spices mix (Jeera, Dhaniya, Haldi, Mircha, Meat Masala ya Kitchen King (little bit)) to the oil and start mixing.
  7. Cook for sometime till spices are cooked properly and do not stick to the pan anymore.
  8. Mix Tamarind (soaked one and drained) and Jaggery and cook for 5 mins till starts boiling.
  9. Add Egg plant (fried) and cook for another 5 mins.
  10. Let the curry settle down and become little thick.
  11. Add coriander leaves to that.


Preeti said...

Thanks for posting such a yummy recipe. I tried this today and everybody loved it! The only thing I added extra was onions and tomatoes...and baked the eggplants instead f frying it. The taste was superb..:)

Anonymous said...

The recipe is quite similar to how salan is prepared. It is very interesting to find similarities and differences in cuisines from various parts of India. Thanks for sharing.

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