Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Brinjal (Eggplant) Rice

          My memories of this rice goes back to my school days, a friend of mine used to bring this for lunch, it was in those eat and forget days ( but I didn't forget, I guess). This dish is very popular in the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra, but at home, we had brinjals only in sambars, curries or as the very popular stuffed eggplants. I had this again, only after marriage and after coming out of India, at a friend's place, she makes a slightly different version but nevertheless a very tasty one, will post that recipe later. Well, everybody has their own version of this rice, a small difference in the masala added, this is my version, I added some mustard seeds and black peppercorns to the masala which gave a slightly different flavor to the rice..

Need To Have
  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups
  • Small Green Brinjals - 7 or 8
  • Tomatoes - 3 chopped
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Curry Leaves - 10 
  • Coriander Leaves - to garnish
Roast And Powder
  • Chana Dal - 2 tablespoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Seeds - 2 tablespoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Black Peppercorns - 1 teaspoon
  • Dried Red Chillies - 4 
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon Stick - 2"
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Coconut - 2 tablespoon

          Cook and cool the rice, dice the eggplants and keep it soaked in water. Roast all the ingredients given under roast and powder, adding coconut in the last, cool and powder. Heat oil, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, peanuts, roast the nuts, add asafoetida, curry leaves followed by the tomatoes, saute till the tomato wilts. Now, add the eggplants, turmeric powder and salt, mix well, cover and cook till the brinjals are just done. Finally, mix in the powder, lastly add the rice and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with some raitha.

Sending this to Vegetarian Food And Me for I'm The Star event,
                   to Food Delicious for the Only South Indian event,
                   to Shama's Easy2cook Recipes for Sara's Cooking With Love - Granddad Series event,
                   to Indian Simmer for the Indian Food Palooza event,
                   to Srav's Cooking Concepts for Vegan Diets - Only Plant Based event and
                   to Roshan's Cucina who is hosting this month Gayathri's WTML event .

Add chillies more or less depending on your spice level.
Do not overcook the eggplant, can also add peas or lima beans to the rice.
Can use purple brinjals too, but personally I like the green ones for this rice.


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  1. I have never had brinjal rice...this looks awesome...

  2. that looks perfect. yummy looking rice.

  3. Adding pepper would enhance the flavor. Nice clicks.

  4. never had this... great idea...

  5. This looks awesome...bookmarked


  6. wow...never made it ....superb rice...

  7. Aromatic and yummy rice,love one pot meals..

  8. My sister use to make it a lot. I loved the amount of peanuts she used to add. Nice looking post,

  9. Yummy yum brinjal rice!!
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  10. Vango bhaath is so famous in Karnataka :).. S loves it & urs has come out really well :) Thanks so much for linking it !
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  11. vangi bhaath/ brinjal rice looks really good, lovely preparation.

  12. before my wedding, when I was staying alone. This dish used to come handy every other day after a busy day or working hours. It's been so long since I made it actually.

  13. lovely preparation!very inviting pics.

  14. Wow, looks so aromatic and delicious! Loved the spices u added..

  15. superb rice. its also called as vangi bhaath, once you have the powder ready its very instant.

    great one dear.
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  16. yummy rice...my favourite...sameway i do!perfect for lunchbox!

  17. A delicious plate of rice. Love all the spices that goes into it!

  18. Healthily prepared rice...yumm yumm! ;)

  19. I am not fond of Brinjals but your recipe has got me going!!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing

  20. Nice and flavorful rice , apt for lunch box ..

  21. Bookmarked , perfect looking rice.

  22. Never heard of this dish. Will try and check out. Thanks for sharing :)

  23. wonderful and yummy dish !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet - Plant Based Food

  24. Even I luv vangi bhath,,, :) platter looks yum with raita nd papad