ENGAI / THUMBIDA BADNEKAI PALYA / STUFFED EGG PLANT


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Engai is the signature dish of north Karnataka. Brinjal / eggplant is stuffed with masala and steamed or fried in oil until done. This dish contain multiple versions!! But I used to follow this version which I got the recipe from my mother in law (MIL) And I love this. It is very easy to prepare and tasty too. Engai goes well with joladha roti / Akki roti.

INGREDIENTS

Small round Brinjal. : 10

Salt.                         : to taste

Oil.                           : 4 tbsp

FOR MASALA:

Onions.                    : 1/4 cup

Red chili.                  : 6-7

Coriander Seeds.     : 2 tbsp

Cumin seeds.           : 1 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds.     : 1 tsp

Sesame seeds.         : 2 tsp

Garlic.                      : 9 clovers

Peanuts.                   : 1/4 cup

Coconut.                  : 3 tbsp

Tamarind Paste        : 2 tsp

METHOD

PREPARATION FOR MASALA:

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. When it’s hot add everything under “FOR MASALA” except Coconut and Tamarind.

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Cool down the fried ingredients, then add tamarind, Coconut. Usually some people add Tamarind for boiling with brinjal but I like to add it with the paste.

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Blend them coarsely with salt , little water ( chutney consistency ) and set aside.

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PREPARATION FOR STUFFED BRINJAL:

Wash the brinjal and pat dry. Cut the stem of brinjal as shown.

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Slit the brinjal as shown .

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Do not cut them fully only three fourth of the eggplant should be cut.

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Stuff the grounded masala into the eggplant.

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when the stuffing is done. Heat a pressure cooker with 3 tbsp of oil. It can be cooked on a closed pan. But I used an easy method . Add all the Brinjal / Eggplant to the oil and add all the masala ( if u have extra) with 1/2 cup of water and close the lid.

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Switch off the stove after one whistle. serve hot with joladha roti / kaki roti / chappathi / steamed hot rice. Enjoy the delicious engai with your family and friends.

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NOTES:

Authentic enga I should be done with lot of oil. But I like this version, because we use only 4 tbsp of oil.

Make sure you don’t burn the engai in the pressure cooker.

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