Sunday, 7 February 2016

Vankaya Vepudu |Andhra style brinjal fry recipe

A family favorite especially during festive meals. Eggplants aka Vankaya hold a special place in a typical Andhra meals especially on festive days or wedding feasts.

I had the privelege to taste this during my hyderabad stay.after trying gutti vankaya kura my nect recipe was vankaya (brinjal) vepudu (stir fry)
This brinjal fry goes well with rice and rasam or sambar . It just takes about 25 minutes to prepare. To make any brinjal dish, always choose tender brinjals that are fresh without any bruises. Also after chopping brinjals keep them in salted water until they are used to cook.
I googled and then finally decided to go with the below recipe .And now I leave you with Venkaya Vepudu / Baingan Fry / Brinjal Fry South Indian style

Cooking Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Black Gram Seeds (Urad Dal) - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 8 to 10
Green Chilies - 2 (sliced)
Garlic - 2 cloves (chopped)
Red Onion - 1 medium (sliced)
Brinjals - 10 (sliced)
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
salt to taste


1. Heat a pan on medium heat, add oil, once hot, add mustard seeds and once they sizzle...

2.Add black gram seeds (urad dal).  Once they sizzle.. Add cumin seeds.,turmeric powder.,Cook for 10 seconds or so.

3.Next Add the green chilies, garlic, and curry leaves.  Saute for about 15.seconds .Add the onion and season with salt.Allow this to cook for 5 minutes on low heat

4.Meantime, slice/chop your brinjals .Add the brinjals.Top off with red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt.Combine and cook for 3 minutes.

5 Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat 

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