Brinjal fry is a side dish from andhra cuisine made by stir frying eggplants with spices & herbs. This andhra style brinjal fry is delicious, flavorful & can be made in minutes. It is known as vankaya vepudu in telugu & is one of the most commonly made side dishes to serve with plain rice & ghee.
Andhra cuisine is popular for its spicy, flavorful & nutty dishes. This brinjal fry is made in numerous ways & each family has their own recipe. It is also served as a side dish in Andhra meals in restaurants.
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However most foods in authentic andhra restaurants are super hot & spicy, including this brinjal fry.
At home we do not eat very hot & spicy foods as my young kids still cannot tolerate the heat. So this andhra style brinjal fry is not only healthy but is also a super delicious one with bursting flavors.
Brinjal fry goes well with plain rice and Rasam or Sambar . It just takes about 25 minutes to prepare.
This recipe is my own, for variations you can read the tips below.
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How to make brinjal fry
1. Wash and cut brinjal to pieces. Add them to slightly salted water. This prevents the eggplants from discoloring. I add about 1/4 tsp salt to 2 cups water. If you leave them too long in the water they will soak up the salt.
2. Add oil to a hot pan, add mustard and cumin. When they begin to splutter, add ginger garlic paste, green chili and fry until the raw smell goes away.
3. Add chopped brinjal. Sprinkle salt and turmeric. Fry for 2 to 3 mins. Then cover and cook on a low flame until soft.
4. When the brinjal pieces are tender, then add curry leaves & red chili powder. Fry for 2 to 3 mins. Check the salt and add more if needed. Cover and cook for another 2 to 3 mins. Then sprinkle crushed peanuts & stir fry until aromatic.
5. Switch off the stove. When it cools down then add some lemon juice & mix.
Serve brinjal fry with rice, ghee and sambar.
Tips to make brinjal fry
- 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 have used a handful of roasted peanuts which not only perk up the nutrition values but also adds a nutty aroma to the dish. However you can skip them completely.
- We also add some tender green peas to the brinjal fry. You can just add them to the pan along with eggplants. If the peas are too tender then add them once the brinjals are soft cooked.
- I have used garam masala to spice up the dish, however you can also add little sambar powder if you do not have garam masala.
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