Friday, June 20, 2014

Fried Masala Brinjal

Eggplant, brinjal and aubergine are all from the same family and just like our family members, brinjal family comes in different shapes and sizes. The only difference between family size and brinjal size is that we have to put up with the big size fat family mouth. Thank god, brinjal can't talk. Otherwise, we are doomed in our kitchen as well. Anyway, blessings I believe, brinjals are dumb, I prefer round Indian brinjal for curries, whereas the long Chinese brinjal is a fit for stir fries, though you do find it swimming in Chinese curries (brinjal and anchovies stir fried, eggplant in spicy gravy, eggplant stir fried with curry leaves, Indian fish curry with brinjal, Kerala sardine curry with brinjal and spicy Thai-style brinjal). On this day, at the smelly sometimes, closest to my house hypermarket, not the "Stylo-Mylo" for rich people super-duper market, or modernly known as "Grocers", I couldn't find round Indian brinjals. So, I settled for Chinese brinjal for this Indian Style Fried Masala Brinjal. Brinjal sliced, dip in a spicy flour batter and deep fried for packing a crunchy outer layer and soft melting moment bite inside.

1 medium size Chinese brinjal - slice thinly
Oil for frying

Spicy flour mixture
2 tbsp chickpea flour
1/2 tbsp rice flour
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp shallot/onion paste
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 stalks coriander leaves -slice/shred/chop
Salt for taste
Add all ingredients for flour mixture in a bowl/container.
Pour water bit by bit, mix/stir till it becomes a runny batter.
Dip brinjal one by one and deep fry.
Drain and serve instantly (yep, fried stuffs must be eaten asap) within time)
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  1. Im not a big fan of brinjal, bt this masala brinjal looks delicious....

  2. Yummy brinjal recipe very innovative, I'll try with Indian version :)

  3. wow perfect snack in this weather!!!

  4. This is such a flavorful dish! Looks so yum!

  5. My mum make pakora of a lot of things but never brinjal
    Will try it fur sure in rainy season as I love to eat pakora with tea in rains
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  6. I am not a huge brinjal.. bt vow u tempted me.. hehe.. Thanks fr sharing the recipe :)

  7. looks yummy! will try it out for sure, nice clicks

  8. These sound so good, love the size of them too.

  9. Ohh brinjal is my favorite masala coated is absolutely delicious we make something similar and call it bajji.

  10. Wonderful masala mix there, Nava. My younger son is home now and I often make this for him. Love your combination and your dish looks delicious!

  11. My mother used to make something like this earlier but it was a simple batter, not as flavourful as this one. These look so delicious...I can go on eating them.

  12. We love fried brinjal & this looks very yummy..

  13. Hi Nava, wow, love this fried masala brinjals. I can eat it on its own as snack or during tea time. Yummy and addictive! Enjoy your weekend and regards :)


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