Brinjal Rice/ Vangi Bhath is a delicious one pot meal. It is a combination of eggplant and rice combined with indian spices!! and serve with coconut chutney. I still can't forget those days, when one of colleague use to bring vangi bhath for me in lunch when ever she cooks, atleast once in a month I use to get a call saying that don't bring lunch today, because I have cooked VB. She was an expert when it came to cooking this dish and I have tried eating in many South Indian restaurants but still I'm not able to get that taste. Anyway even I try my hands on to this dish when ever I get a chance. This dish can be made with even left over rice and serve with coconut chutney and papad, It's a wonderful combination.. I make vangi bhath masala at home, this time I have used a store bought masala, since the home made was over and I was craving to have this dish. What to do desperate times desperate measures!!
2 brinjal cut into cubes
2 cups cooked rice
1 medium onion chopped
2tbsp vangi bhath masala
2 to 3tbsp tamrind extract
1tsp red chilli powder, 1/2tsp turmeric, 1tsp coriander powder
1/4tsp channa dal, 1/4tsp urad dal
1/4tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chilli
Pinch of hing
10 to 15 curry leaves
Salt and Oil to taste.
Take a broad pan and heat oil. add channa dal, urad dal and peanuts, when they starts to turn brown, add dry red chilli, mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing, when they starts to splutter, add chopped onion and fry to golden brown. Then add red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, vabgi bhath masala, tamarind extract and brinjals and cook till the brinjals are well cooked, that might take about 5 to 6 minutes, Now add the cooked rice and mix well. Vangi Baath is ready to serve.
Serve with Coconut Chutney and Papad.