Karwar NKGSB Style Bharli Vangi Recipe - Brinjal Curry
Bharli Vangi is a delicious combination of brinjals and roasted masalas. Absolutely lip smacking, serve this Sabzi along with Raita and Paratha or with a Konkani Dal and Steamed Rice.
Karwar NKGSB Style Bharli Vangi Recipe - Brinjal Curry is what stuffed brinjals vegetable is called in Konkani language and in Hindi it’s called Bharwa Baingan. Vangi or Brinjals are of different types like the small black ones, or the surati vangi, or white vangi or the ones I have used here i.e. Kateri Vangi. The Kateri vangi are a little big in size with a slightly purplish colour like stripes and are sweet in taste. These are generally used to make the Bharli Vangi.
Brinjals are called the King of vegetables. High on nutrients, this vegetable has many health benefits and hence must be included in one’s diet. Although many people don’t like brinjals, but if cooked differently with a delicious masala filling, they will surely love it.
With Karwar’s proximity to the sea, there is an abundance of coconuts in this area. The NKGSB cuisine of Karwar uses lot of coconuts in their cooking. This is complemented by the use of jaggery. Bharli Vangi too is a coconut based vegetable. As potatoes go very well with this vegetable, we have used a few in this recipe as well. Instead of the regular potatoes, baby potatoes too can be stuffed and used in this vegetable.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Baingan recipes that you can make for your vegetarian dinner such as
- 6 Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant)
- 2 Potato (Aloo)
- 1-1/2 Onion , finely chopped
- 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 3/4 teaspoon Tamarind
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 inch Ginger
- 2 tablespoons Jaggery
- 1 teaspoon Gram flour (besan)
- 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
- Salt , to taste Whole spices to be roasted
- 2 Cloves (Laung)
- 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
- 1 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
- 2 Whole Black Peppercorns
- 3 Byadagi Dried Chillies For grinding to a paste
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 Onion , thinly sliced
- 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated For tempering
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
How to make Karwar NKGSB Style Bharli Vangi Recipe - Brinjal Curry
To begin making the Karwar NKGSB Style Bharli Vangi Recipe - Brinjal Curry, firstly wash the brinjals thoroughly with water.
Cut off the stem and make two semi slits in it from the top to get a + sign. This is for stuffing the masala. Immerse in sufficient water till use.
Cut the potatoes into thick wedges or large chunks and immerse in sufficient water.
Next, heat a small kadhai and add the oil. Add to it the mentioned whole spices including cloves, cardamom, cinnamon stick, whole black peppercorns, byadgi red chillies and roast a little till they splutter. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Heat some oil in the same pan, add sliced onions and saute till they turn soft and transparent.
Now add the coconut and roast for a while. As soon as the coconut browns a little, switch off the flame and set aside to cool.
Grind together the roasted onion coconut mixture, the roasted whole spices, ginger, garlic, tamarind and jaggery in the end using sufficient water to get a thick paste.
Mix the besan in the above mixture. It helps in thickening the gravy.
Add the turmeric powder, chopped onions and salt as well, to the above mixture. Add some chilli powder if desired.
Stuff the vaangi (baingan) with this masala and keep them aside.
Heat a pressure cooker and add the oil to it. Add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the asafoetida and the curry leaves.
After 20 seconds, add the stuffed brinjals, potatoes and the remaining masala. Stir a little.
Add water almost upto the level of the vegetable. Close lid and cook for 3 whistles on high flame or if cooking in a saucepan, cook adding hot water as required.
When the brinjals and potatoes are well cooked and the gravy has thickened, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander.
This is a slightly sweet gravy and adding ground fresh whole spices gives it an absolutely delicious flavour!
Karwar NKGSB Style Bharli Vangi Recipe - Brinjal Curry is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest