03 March, 2008

One of Many: Badane Ennegai

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Badane Ennegai
Question: How to make Badane Ennegai?
Person #1: Oh, it’s very simple. You take little bit of fresh coconut, and then…
Person #2: No, you don’t use fresh coconut for Ennegai. You need desiccated coconut and you grind it with …
Person #3: Hey, hey… Aren’t you forgetting something? The authentic recipe calls for roasting the spices and coconut.
Person #4: Yes, roast dry chilli preferably Byadagi Menasu.
Person #5: Oh not Byadagi, you have to use Kolhapuri Menasu. It should taste spicy not bland!!! That’s how we Hubli-Dharwad people like!
Person #6: Cut the stem of the Brinjal and make ‘+’ mark half the way.
Person #7: Hello… You always keep the stem. You don’t take the crown away from this ‘King of Vegetables’.
Person #8: Ennegai is a dry dish.
Person #9: I don’t agree with you. Spicy, aromatic stuffed Brinjals are cooked in creamy gravy.
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Person #N: …… This is the authentic recipe for Badane Ennegai.
Yes, ask some ‘N’ number of Kannadigas as how to cook Badane Ennegai and you will surely end up with ‘N’ methods of making them. Each and every household has their own ‘authentic’ recipe for cooking this delicious Baby Brinjals. Some stuff them with freshly grated coconut and some with desiccated one. Some roast the spices before pounding them and some grind them with out roasting first. Some make them mild where as some prefer spicy. So it’s not a big surprise if you find different versions of Badane Ennegai at different source. Well, for that matter I have already blogged two different recipes for Badane Ennegai in my blog. So to make it perfect 3, here is another way to cook Badane Ennegai. This recipe is from my Aunt S who is not just a wonderful cook but also has published a wonderful cooking book. I usually refer to this cook book of hers, gifted to me by her on my wedding, when I am unable to clarify some doubts with my Amma or Atte at odd hours. Well, even after two years of cooking on my own there are quite many times I keep calling them if I am not sure of some ingredients. And yes, I still haven’t learnt to write these recipes in my diary. Thanks to this blog, as it is just two or three times a week my Amma or Atte are forced to talk to me at odd hours. Well, it’s a vast improvement from getting some half a dozens of calls every single day ;) May be they’ll not have to worry about getting woken up at 2 in the morning in few years of time!!!

This delicious recipe of Badane Ennegai is a keeper for sure. My aunt stuffs the Baby Brinjals is lightly roasted dry/desiccated coconut with aromatic spices and peanuts for nutty flavour. Addition of onions in stuffing adds little crunch and sweet taste and the tamarind paste gives that oomph factor. Serve it with Dal Rice or Rasam Rice or with Roties. But the best way to eat it is with Jolada Rotti in Dharwad style. This favourite dish of mine goes to my dear friend Pooja for her VOW-Brinjal.


Badane Ennegai (Stuffed Babay Brinjals)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:
8-10 Baby Brinjals
1-2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
Few Curry Leaves
1-2 tbsp Oil

For the Stuffing:
1 small Onion, finely chopped
½ cup Desiccated Coconut
2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts
¾ tbsp Channa Dal/Split Chickpeas
½ tbsp Urad Dal/Split Black Gram
½ tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
6-8 Dry Red Chillies, halved (Adjust acc to taste)
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
1-1½ tsp Tamarind Paste/1 big marble sized Tamarind Pulp soaked in warm water
2 tbsp coriander Leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste


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Baby Brinjals Stuffed with Ground Paste

Method:
For the Stuffing:
Dry roast desiccated coconut, channa dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, hing and dry red chillies in low flame for 2-3 minutes till you get nice aroma. They should be roasted nicely and turn light brown.
Grind these roasted spices with turmeric powder, tamarind paste/water and salt to taste to smooth paste adding very little water at time.
Mix this ground mixture with finely chopped onion and coriander leaves and keep it aside.

To Assemble:
Clean and wash the baby brinjals and slit them from bottom making a ‘+’ mark till 3/4th. Keep the stem intact. Keep them in a bowl of cold water to stop from discolouring till required.
Take about 1 tbsp of this ground paste and stuff these baby brinjals and keep them aside.
Now heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and curry leaves. When cumin starts to sizzle, arrange the stuffed baby brinjals in a pan. Make sure that the pan is big enough to hold all the brinjals in a single layer.
Sprinkle about a tbsp of water and cover the pan with lid.
Cover and cook these brinjals undisturbed for around 10 minutes on a medium to low flame. Open the lid and slowly turn the brinjals. Add left over ground paste if any and sprinkle another tbsp of water if required. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Check in between to make sure the ground paste doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle little water in between if required.
Serve this Badane Ennegai garnished with chopped coriander leaves with rice or roties or with Jolada Rotti as it is traditionally served.

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Badane Ennegai


Note:
Choose baby brinjals that are firm to the touch, have a smooth and shiny skin. The stem attached to them should be lively green in colour. The tender purple brinjals are the tastier ones. The ones with black seeds are mature ones and will taste bitter. So make sure that you choose the tender ones and have few extra ones just in case.
Store brinjals in a cool dry place, but avoid placing them near tomatoes and apples as they give off a gas that enhances the ripening process. Use the brinjals within 2 days. Refrigerating them doesn’t necessarily keep them fresh but if necessary, the brinjals may be kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for as long as 5 days.
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Asha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Droooooolllliiiinnnngggg!!!!

Give me Ennegayi any time of the day, I will be your slave!!;D

Great dish girl, I love the stems sticking out of that plate. I am making Marathi style Bharwa Baingan today and akki rotti tomorrow. I keep the dish for a day to make it taste yummy.
Love the dish. Good one. I will try this way next time I buy this kind of Badnekai and will post.
Busy day for me today, got a last LASIK post op check up appointment, got to cook and do all blogging before noon!
Enjoy your Monday, hugs sis!:)

Padmaja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love to make these stuffed brinjals Sups, yours look so delicious that I cannot wait to cook them as its been quite a while since I made this dish!!
Wrong time to look that amazing dish, Its 2:00 now, Soup n Bread toast for Lunch @desk. Poor me!!

Padmaja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I forgot to mention, I love your new profile picture!!! Its breathtaking as I love drenching the rain, fond memories of playing in the rain in India Sups. Simply incredible shot!!!

sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,I love baby brinjals...and that's a gorgeous picture.

Meeta said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This looks very tasty Sia! It's almost as if they want to pop out of he screen and right into my mouth! ;-)

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,
When I saw the post , that lovely handle of your Kadai made me think that this might be your entry to Click-Metal :D.
As I read your post I get to know that this Lovely pic is for Me :D.
So true the name is "king of Vegetable " , really you added a meaning to this humble veggie.
Resembling with your logo for ODe to potato is Brinjal :)).

You made "Wow" recipe for Vow :).

Many thanks to you and your aunt for this lovely traditional recipe.

P.S- try sending that Ganesha spoon for click - that would be lovely. Just a suggestion though .

Mythreyee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

As you said, my mom does it differently. The recipe is perfect and the dish is picture perfect.

Happy cook said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

It looks so delicious. I have heard about this dish and seen pictures in cooking books, but never ever made them.

Srivalli said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow..that looks yummy...now that you have made three..you can make another one...check out mine..my mom's signature one!..you will surely love it..
http://cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com/2007/05/guthi-vankai.html

indosungod said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sure Sia that would be the result if you ask for any recipe :) Each cook has their own likes (quirks!). But for the Badane Ennegai looks totally delicious. Anytime of the day I am ready.

Kalai said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love eggplants in any form!! Wonderful dish! :)

Namratha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

You are so right Sia dear, every Kannadiga has their own version of Ennegai :) I have my own too, passed down from my MIL...your dish looks absolutely lip smacking...yummmmmy :)

It's all about passion for cooking said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi..your food looks yummmy. seems you make very tasty food.Thanxxx for the sharing them.

Vanamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia Looks gr8t engai

Nice pics

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

that first pic is a beauty, Sia!
very tempting.

btw, do u really call them at 2am??

shriya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

OMG the pics are really really tempting. can I drool over here for sometime? I am not a great fan of brinjal but the pics and the recipe makes me to try it. Bookmarked it.

Shankari said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

These babies looks cute and tasty. In Belgaum, we have tasted diff versions. But as a kid I did not care as long as it was tasty. Now yours looks like a must try..bookmarked!

Lavanya Raj said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

sia..spicy brinjals there..i just wanna try..my nana amma does it in a similar way too.

Jyothsna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Brinjals are lovely violet beauties, but my love for them ends right there. I rarely eat them, but the first picture caught me offguard and I'm suddenly longing for my grandma's masala baingan similar to this recipe!!! Ah, the perils of blogging!!:)

Jyothsna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Btw Sups, I couldn't read the entire sentences on your post, they get cut off on the right - maybe you should change the font size.

SMN said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hey sia this is my all time favourite.. i love this veggie in any form.. lovely pics..

Saswati said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hi Sia!! this wonderful looking dish is so new to me....i have had something like this made with peanuts by a maharashtrian frnd of mine.

Manasi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey Sia!! Am not a fan of brinjals, but I like the stufing! Crazy huh??!! I'll take that and polish it off with roti!! hehehe!

BTW, just an observation, but the text seems cut on the right side ( or is it that way on my laptop?) cannot read thru the entire line...

Manasi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey Sia!! Am not a fan of brinjals, but I like the stufing! Crazy huh??!! I'll take that and polish it off with roti!! hehehe!

BTW, just an observation, but the text seems cut on the right side ( or is it that way on my laptop?) cannot read thru the entire line...

Raaga said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow... I totally agree on the N concept.

I love brinjals anyway and I just made vangi bhat again yesterday... will try this next week :-)

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ahh now that looks very lovely...Didn't know what Badane Ennegai meant...great read though

Purnima said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The baigans looks delicious, I can have these with 'many' chapatis! :D
The pics are brilliant,kadhai very cuttttttttee!

musical said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

And i love 'em all :-D. That conversation is so true about so many dishes, the true beauty of Indian cuisine! Lovely ennegai recipe, Sups and the pictures are YUMMMMMMMMMMY!

LG said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

rotti mathe ennegai..SLURP..you have made me drool over them again. DELICIOUS...

Ramya's Mane Adige said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh wow!!!! enngai looks delicious! and you are right about the multiple versions thing..... I guess each region has its own version of a recipe in India :D

Archy said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow.. Badnekai ennegayi.. I love it with Akki Rotti !!
Lovely ennegayi Sia !! My Amma(MIL) makes the same way !! Never tried here in US.. Now i vil :) !!

Sig said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That conversation sounds like asking a bunch of mallus how to make aviyal... :) or so many other Indian dishes... The stuffed brinjals look delicious, I've never had even 1 version of it... It is such a tempting pic Sups...

Shilpa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Very beautiful pic Sia. You are so true, there are so many recipes for ennegayi. So far, I have come across atleast 7-8 of them by different people. I will try this version soon...

Vani said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks yum, Sup! Love your pictures, as always!

Vcuisine said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Perfect they are Sia. I love it dry only. very nice presentation. Viji

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Another wonderful recipe as usual. Love the pics. Nice presentation.

Laavanya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This looks beautiful Sia.. i made the stuffed version in gravy but the dry version looks very enticing.

Dhivya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

looks awesome sia....yummy picture

Cham said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi sia,
Not only Kannadigas has some variations. Andra, tamilian all south indian call it & make it in their own way. I just can see ur pict and eat my lunch today with a plain rice. The curry is so realistic.....

TheCooker said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Lovely pictures.
So true about all this variations, a new recipe every 5 kilometres.

Mandira said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow, I am drooling over the pictures supriya!

Vaishali said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This sounds so delicious! I love stuffed eggplants and each time I find the tiny ones at my local Indian grocery store I make a beeline for them. Your pictures are fabulous.

Roopa Hariprasad said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia,
Great fan of your blog for quite some time now. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipes. Your presentation is awesome.
Your Ennegai brings back such sweet memories of Kamat Yatrinivas:-)

Linda said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

They looked good enough to eat before you even cooked them, Sia! Brinjal in any way shape or form is for me :) The stuffing is heavenly!

Roopa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

sia, looks yum bayali neeru battidu :) i am really drooling at those photos.
well i am doing fine. just that i am not able to get enough time to blog hopping..thanks dear :)

Red Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks yummy! I totally agree, there must be thousands of variations of badane ennegai and best of all they all taste wonderful. Loved your version as well.

Cham said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Congrats for the award :)

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

sups,
I made it for dinner today and it was really wonderful. thank you for this delicious recipe . hugs to you :)

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

LOvely recipe and great blog!!

ವನಿತಾ said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia, Recently I tried ennegayi and it turned out really good. Shortly I will post the Kannada version of the same in my blog. ..thanks to ur recipe..

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