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Achari Baingan, St.Louis, 171013

How I followed this recipe (with some variations).

Today's directions on the fridge board for me said, "D cook north Indian brinjal dish"

So I looked up

Tarla Dalal's recipe




Ingredients


To be mixed into a marinade
2 tbsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil

Other ingredients
2 cups brinjals (baingan / eggplant), cut into 1" cubes
oil for deep frying
1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup sliced onions

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1 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)

I used a little tamarind as there is no amchur powder in the kitchen.

salt to taste
3/4 cup curds (dahi), whisked well
1/2 cup fresh cream

I left out the cream.

3 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish
Method
Combine the brinjals with the prepared marinade and toss gently. Keep aside for 15 minutes.

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Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the brinjals in it till they are golden brown. Keep aside.

I did not fry the brinjals, as it would have upped the calorie count steeply.

Combine the fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, onion seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida in a small bowl and keep aside.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the above mixture.
When the seeds crackle, add the onions, ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and sauté till the onions turn translucent.

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Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, Punjabi garam masala, dry mango powder and salt and sauté for 2 minutes.

Add the curds, fried brinjals and fresh cream and mix gently.

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Cook for 3-4 minutes.

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Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice or rotis.

No...keep the garnish, and transfer to a nice glass bowl so that it can be microwaved and garnished later in the evening!

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And what the recipes never mention...clean the stove, the pan in which you've cooked, the ladles, the cutting-board, and make sure the kitchen does not look as if you've cooked there at all! All this while a certain baby is crawling around underfoot, trying to climb up your leg!
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