Gutti Vankaya Kura Recipe – Stuffed Brinjal (aubergine) Curry from Andhra Pradesh.
Servings: 3 to 4
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
For soaking brinjals:
- 250 grams small purple or green brinjals (baingan) or 12 to 14 brinjals
½ teaspoon salt added to water for soaking brinjals
enough water for soaking brinjals
Other ingredients for gutti vankaya kura:
- 1 large onion or ½ cup finely chopped onion
½ tablespoon ginger-garlic paste or 1 inch ginger + 6 to 7 medium garlic – crushed to a paste
1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
½ teaspoon urad dal
½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta)
2 tablespoon oil
⅔ cup water
salt as required
2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
for tamarind pulp:
½ tablespoon tamarind (imli)
¼ cup warm or hot water
For grinding masala:
- ¼ cup peanuts (moongphali)
2 tablespoon desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
¼ teaspoon methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
3 to 4 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
How to make recipe
Preparing tamarind pulp:
first soak 1/2 tbsp tamarind in 1/4 cup warm or hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then squeeze and extract the soaked tamarind into the water. keep the tamarind pulp aside.
Roasting peanuts, spices and coconut:
Heat a small frying pan. add 1/4 cup peanuts and roast them on a low to medium flame, with frequent stirrings.
The peanuts have to be roasted well and should not have even a slight rawness in them. remove the peanuts and keep aside.
To the same pan, add 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp methi (Fenugreek) seeds. skip methi seeds if you do not have them. Roast these seeds till they become fragrant. take care not to over roast or burn them. remove and keep aside.
In the same pan, now add 2 tbsp desiccated coconut. you can also use fresh coconut instead of desiccated coconut.
Stir continuously and roast the coconut till light golden. remove and keep aside.
Add 3 to 4 dry red chilies.
Roast the chilies till the red color changes a shade. you should also get the aroma while roasting them. once they become aromatic and the color changes, remove and keep aside.
Once cooled, break the red chilies in small pieces and remove the seeds.
now let the spices cool and then take all of them in a grinder jar.
add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
Now add the tamarind pulp and 3 to 4 tbsp water.
grind everything to a smooth thick masala. do grind to a thick paste, otherwise stuffing the brinjals will not be easy.
Prepping brinjals and stuffing them with the masala paste:
Now rinse and slit each brinjal from the base, keeping the stalks. soak the brinjals in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes. then drain and keep aside. to make the brinjals stand while cooking, just thinly slice a small part from the base.
Later stuff each brinjal very well with the masala paste. keep aside. some masala paste will remain. so keep this aside too.
Making gutti vankaya kura:
heat 2 tbsp oil in a 3 litre pressure cooker. add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. then add 1/2 tsp urad dal (husked black gram lentils) and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. saute till the urad dal turns a maroonish red.
then add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and 1 sprig of curry leaves. saute till the onions turn translucent. now add 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste. add the remaining masala paste along with 2/3 cup water. mix very well. Now place the stuffed brinjals gently in the cooker. sprinkle salt as per taste.
Cover and pressure cook for 5 to 6 minutes. when the pressure settles down, open the lid. check the doneness by sliding a knife through a Brinjal. If the knife slid easily, then the brinjals are cooked. if they are not cooked, then add 2 to 3 tbsp water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve gutti vankaya kura with chapatis or steamed rice.