Today's recipe Bagara Baingan Masala ( Eggplants in sesame peanut coconut sauce) is a popular dish from the southern state of India. It is usually made with a particular variety of eggplant called the Indian eggplant. They are small, short, and dark purple in color.
Tips to make Bagara Baingan Masala
In the preparation of this dish, dry and slit the eggplants after you wash. They can be directly fried or sauteed in oil as is. You can even stuff a little spice like red chili powder, turmeric, and salt in the slits ( optional), before frying to enhance the flavor. Take care not to burn when roasting the coconut groundnut mixture. This dish can be enjoyed with white rice or rotis and makes a very comforting and delicious meal. Please read on for the full recipe.
A delicious gravy made with fried eggplants in ground sesame, peanut ,coconut and poppy seed paste.
- 10 -15 eggplants
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 6 tbsp oil
- 3 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 4 slit green chillies
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 lemon sized tamarind juice squeezed
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup coriander leaves chopped
- 8 tbsp peanuts
- 6 tbsp frozen or fresh grated coconut
- 4 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
In a pan ,dry roast grated coconut, groundnuts, poppy seeds and sesame seeds by constantly stirring it on medium to low flame taking care not to burn
After about 5 to 6 minutes ,when you get a nice aroma switch off the flame.Cool and grind the contents to a fine paste using very little water. Keep aside.
In a deep bottomed pan, heat oil .Sautee the eggplants which are slit. You can also optionally choose to spice the eggplants with a little red chilli powder,turmeric and salt.
In a deep bottomed pan , heat oil and add mustard , and sesame.
Add slit green chilies, curry leaves and sautee.
Add chopped onions and cook until translucent .Add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell disappears.
Add spices cumin, fennel, coriander, red chili, turmeric , salt and mix well.
Add ground coconut mixture and coat well
Add about 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil.
Add the fried egg plants to this sauce .
Add tamarind juice, sugar and garam masala
Cook well and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.