It is easy to cook, that means even a novice can make it!!
It has no onions, no garlic and no ginger, that means even the Jains can eat it!!
It has no dairy, that means it is great for vegans!! (I made another dish like this, so if you’re eager to try this recipe, you might also really like this one, too!)
It takes very little time to prepare [assuming that you already have your own garam masala ready]!!
It is an adaptation of Mumbai Maushi’s recipe of hirvya masalachi vangi [which literally means eggplant cooked in a green masala]!
And last, but not least, this is the first time my son has eaten an eggplant dish, and a vegan one to boot, and he just loved it. So, thank you Maushi !!
To celebrate the beginning of the festive season and the end of Navratri, which literally means nine nights, here is my little contribution to all those who believe in this biannual festival.
I hope you enjoy the last few days of Navratri. . .
So, here’s how we make hirvya masalachi vangi:
1. 1 kg baby eggplants
2. 1/2 cup polyunsaturated vegetable oil
3. 1 tablespoon asafoetida
4. salt, to taste
5. 1 tablespoon turmeric
6. 2 tablespoons garam masala (please see the recipe for garam masala for vegetables)
ingredients from left to right: vegetable oil, asafoetida, salt, turmeric, garam masala & baby eggplant (centre)
Green masala ingredients
:1. 1/2 fresh coconut grated, or 1/2 cup coconut powder
2. 1 bunch fresh coriander
3. 4-6 fresh green chillies
4. 1 teaspoon peppercorns
5. 2 cups of water
ingredients for green masala from left to right: grated fresh coconut, fresh coriander leaves, green chillies & peppercorns
eggplant should look like this
do the same for all the eggplants
the eggplant will start to colour lightly
it is ready for the salt when it starts to split open
add half the garam masala
fold gently till the masala coats the eggplant
cover with lid & cook in the oven for about 30 minutes
the masala is cooked when the oil rises to the surface
Happy Navratri and now back to some serious meat eating from. . .!!
Anah Daata Sukhi Bhaava!!