Eggplant Sesame Fry

26 Jul

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Vanakaya Nuvvulu Vepudu.

Baby Indian Eggplants are sliced and cooked in oil along with whole spices. White sesame seeds are ground into powder with green chiles and added to the eggplants. Serve eggplant sesame fry with steamed rice or with chapati.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Eggplant Sesame Fry.

Ingredients:

Indian Baby Eggplant 4 -5
Sesame Seeds 4 Tbsps
Green Chies 2 – 3
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Remove stems, wash and chop the eggplant into long thick slices.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Toast sesame seeds on low flame till golden brown in color.
Grind sesame seeds into powder using spice grinder, add green chiles and grind again into coarse mixture.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add sliced eggplant and salt.
Fry briefly and cook covered on low flame for a minute or two.
Uncover, add ground sesame green chili paste and salt (if required).
Cook covered on low flame till eggplant is soft but whole.
Stir in chopped cilantro, turmeric powder and remove from heat.
Serve eggplant sesame fry with steamed rice or with chapati.
Notes: Make sure eggplant is cooked well.

Suggestions: If eggplant is not cooked well, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame after adding a splash of water.
Variations: Check other recipes with eggplant here.
Other Names: Eggplant Sesame Fry, Vanakaya Nuvvulu Vepudu.

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