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Punjabi Tinda Baingan Curry

6 Jul

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Punjabi Tinda and Baingan Curry

Punjabi tinda or Indian baby pumpkin as it is called is paired with purple eggplants in this curry. Tinda and eggplants are chopped into chunks. Tinda is first cooked in tempered oil along with onion and tamarind extract. Eggplant follows the cooking process finished by some spice powders.
Makes: around 4 Servings

Ingredients:

Punjabi Tinda 1 medium
Indian Baby Eggplants 2 small
Onion 1 small
Tomato 1
Green Chillies 2
Tamarind 1 inch sized ball
Ginger 1 inch piece
Red Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder a small pinch
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly, remove ends, lightly peel if required and chop punjabi tinda into chunks.
Wash, remove stems, chop eggplant into big pieces into a bowl of water.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Wash and finely chop tomato.
Peel and mince the ginger.
Soak tamarind in few tbsps of water for sometime and extract all the juice.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add green chillies, ginger and onion.
Fry for few seconds and add chopped punjabi tinda, tamarind extract and salt.
Cook covered till tinda is more than half cooked, then add eggplant pieces.
Stir in chopped tomato, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and sprinkle few tbsps of water.
Cook covered till eggplant turns soft and punjabi tinda is completely cooked but not mushy.
Serve punjabi tinda and baingan curry with plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure to add salt while cooking the tinda.

Suggestions: If punjabi tinda feels raw, put back the curry on stove, sprinkle few tbsps of water and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Punjabi Tinda Tadka.
Other Names: Apple Gourd and Eggplant Curry, Indian Round Gourd and Brinjal Curry, Indian Baby Pumpkin and Indian Baby Eggplant Curry.