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Badanekai Yennegai
By : Ramya
Category : Curries, Eggplant-brinjal, Coconut
Servings : 2 t
Time Taken : 30-45 mins
Rating :
  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds, jeera, red chilies, cloves, cinnamon, til and peanuts until the peanuts start popping a little.
  2. Make sure not to burn any of the spices.
  3. Grind the roasted spices with coconut, onion, tamarind, jaggery and salt.
  4. Add just enough water to make it a coarse paste; Keep aside.
  5. Make two slits on the eggplants, lengthwise- Such that the slits form a "+" sign on each eggplant.
  6. Be careful while making the slits, and make sure the eggplant is in 1 piece and not quartered while slitting them; Retain the stalk of the eggplant.
  7. Stuff the eggplants with the ground masala and keep aside.
  8. Save the remaining masala for making the gravy.
  9. Heat oil in a pan; Temper with mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.
  10. Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
  11. Slowly drop the stuffed eggplants one by one into the pan.
  12. Cook covered on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  13. Flip the eggplants once in a while, so that they are cooked on all sides;
  14. Add some water to the saved masala paste and pour into the pan over the eggplants. Adjust ingredients according to taste.
  15. Saute regularly and continue to cook covered, until the eggplants are done and the gravy reaches the desired consistency.
  16. Remove from stove and serve hot with rice, rotis, dosas etc.


4 to 6 - small, round, purple eggplants
1 tbsp - oil
1 tsp - mustard seeds
a generous pinch of hing
1/2 - a medium sized onion, chopped finely
salt as per taste

For the Masala:
1/2 to 3/4 cup - grated coconut, fresh/frozen
2 to 2.5 tsp - coriander seeds
1 tsp - jeera
3 to 4 - cloves (optional)
1" - cinnamon stick (optional)
4 to 5 - dry red chilies, low spiced
2 tsp - ellu/sesame seeds/til, both black & white will do
1 tbsp - peanuts
1/4 tsp - tamarind paste
1/2 tsp - powdered jaggery/sugar
1/2 - a medium sized onion, chopped coarsely

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