Stuffed Brinjal Curry | Gutti Vankaya | Yengai

This stuffed Brinjal Curry is an Andhra-style recipe that’s very popular lanugo South – and for all the right reasons. It’s got a ground masala wiring that’s spicy, tangy, sweet and nutty all at once, stuffed into small brinjals and simmered in a semi gravy. So much flavour to soak up!

Picture of stuffed brinjal curry in a red enamel pan

There are some recipes out there where you can just taste the cultural influences – and this stuffed Brinjal Curry is one of them! Moreover referred to as Gutti Vankaya (Andhra and Telangana) and Yengai (North Karnataka), this curry is most famously known as Bagara Baingan (Hyderabad). 

The origins of this curry stage all the way when to the Mughal Empire between the 16th and 19th century. Mughlai cuisine is known for its signature richness brought on by the generous use of nuts, seeds, and oils while cooking – and that richness is what makes this stuffed brinjal curry so special. The wiring of this curry is made by grinding together chillies, coconut, tamarind, sesame seeds, peanut and jaggery which is then stuffed into the brinjals. The stuffed brinjals are then tempered – baghaar literally ways to temper – and then cooked lanugo with a thick gravy. 

Best enjoyed with plain chapatis, steaming hot rice or jowar rotis, this dish is an indulgent treat that’ll make your day so much largest (this has been tried and tested!) And don’t be fooled, for a dish that looks and tastes this good, it’s ridiculously easy to make. 

Picture of stuffed brinjals on a plate ready to be widow to the curry

All of these ingredients are wontedly found wideness Indian pantries so no ramified grocery shop is needed here. The dish comes together quickly and can be served for so many variegated occasions – spice up your weeknight dinners with this, or impress your guests at a dinner party – I can guarantee making this would be the right choice. This curry moreover freezes and reheats well which is an widow bonus that I unchangingly love. 

  • This stuffed brinjal recipe is easy - no ramified chopping required, fuss self-ruling prep
  • You don’t have to buy any exotic ingredients or readymade masalas to make this
  • You can serve this recipe with so many variegated types of flatbread AND rice, making it a great option for dinner parties 

Ingredients You'll Need

  • Roasted chana dal - This adds a succulent nutty savor to the curry. When we grind this, it basically forms gram flour which thickens the masala.
  • Peanuts - Adds flipside unshared layer of nuttiness to the dish 
  • White Sesame seeds - The third unshared wing to create the signature nutty savor of bagara baingan. This moreover makes the gravy linty – without the use of cashews or full surf here. 
  • Grated dry coconut - Nutty but neutralizing, one of my favorite additions to Indian curries. If you don’t like coconut, don’t worry you can’t really taste it in the end
  • Tamarind - Adds tanginess which balances the gravy and cuts through the richness. Can sub with 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • Chillies - Since we have a lot of neutralizing nuts used here, you can go heavy handed with the chillies! I recommend using both Byaadgi and Guntur dry red chillies. 
  • Jaggery - A little bit of sweetness to wastefulness out the tang and spice 
  • Brinjals - The small ones work weightier for this recipe so you can stuff them easily

How to make Gutti Vankaya or Yengai

Here's a quick step by step showing you how to make Gutti Vankaya or Yengai at home:

Step by step picture collage showing how to make stuffed brinjal curry

1. Add all the paste ingredients except the water to the chutney jar of a mixer. Grind into a fine paste.

2. Add water little by little as you grind it. Ensure the paste is smooth and self-ruling of lumps. Keep aside.

3. Make an X-shaped cut on the marrow of a brinjal. The cut should be deep unbearable to slightly unshut up the brinjal.

4. Stuff the opening with the prepared paste. Repeat for the remaining brinjal and set it aside. Do not discard the glut paste.

Step by step picture collage showing how to make stuffed brinjal curry

5. Add oil to a unappetizing bottomed kadai or sauteuse pan. Indulge the oil to heat on a upper flame. Add mustard seeds and indulge them to splutter.

6. Add the prepared brinjal to the pan. Spread them out as much as possible and shallow fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Use tongs to turn the brinjals.

7. Add sliced onion and stir. Saute for 3-4 minutes.

8. Add the remaining paste and mix to combine. Fry for 3 minutes.

Step by step picture collage showing how to make stuffed brinjal curry

9. Add 1 cup of water and mix.

10. Cover the pan with a lid and melt on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes or until the brinjal is cooked. It may take longer to melt depending on the size of the brinjal.

11. Add the remaining half cup of water little by little to retread the consistency of the gravy as desired. Serve hot withal with rice and ghee or jowar rotis!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which brinjals work weightier for this recipe?

You want to use small brinjals for this recipe so that you can stuff them and melt them in a uniform manner. Look for visionless purple or purple with white striped brinjal as these hold their shape the weightier and won’t get mashed in the curry.

How long can I store this for?

This curry will be good for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, add to a pan with a little bit of water and combine well. 

Can I make this without sesame seeds?

In order to unzip the pure bagara baingan taste, it’s important to use a combination of peanuts, chana dal, sesame seeds and coconut. You can still make this brinjal curry without sesame but it will not be the same dish - of course!

Close up of brinjal in the curry

Sometimes, you’ve just got to treat yourself like royalty (and that ways making Mughlai inspired dishes on a unstudied weeknight)! I’ve never had eggplant prepared in such a flavorful way surpassing I tried this – so if everyone in your family is an eggplant skeptic, this may just be the recipe that wins them over. If cooking for a family dinner time, I would recommend serving this with a light cucumber salad and raita – nothing too heavy as the dish itself is quite filling. At a dinner party, this would pair well with some Mutton Kheema on the menu and my extra soft rotis.

Either way, this recipe is a winner for sure. Time to add it to the week’s meal planning list!

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Stuffed Brinjal Curry (Gutti Vankaya or Yengai)

Stuffed Brinjal Curry or Eggplant Curry is a succulent South Indian speciality that uses a mix of peanuts, sesame seeds, coconut, chana dal, tamarind, chillies and jaggery to create a nutty, spicy, tangy, sweet base. The ground masala is really easy to make and there's virtually no chopping involved! Unchangingly a win for weeknight dinners or special dinners. Goes well with rotis, biryani, or just steamed rice
Course Main Course
Cuisine Andhra, South Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 392kcal
Author Richa

Ingredients

Paste

  • ¼ Cup Fried Chana Dal split chickpea lentils
  • ¼ Cup Peanuts groundnuts
  • 8 Byadgi Dry Red Chilli
  • 8 Guntur Dry Red Chilli
  • 12 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
  • ½ Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 17 Grams Tamarind lemon sized, approx 1 ½ Tablespoon/ sub with 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 27 Grams Jaggery approx 2-3 Tablespoons/ sub with brown sugar
  • 1 ½ - 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Cup grated Dry Coconut kopra
  • ¾ Cup Water approx

Curry

  • ¼ Cup Oil sesame or groundnut
  • 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 8-10 small purple striped Brinjal
  • 1 Large Onion sliced, approx 1 Cup
  • 1 ½ cup Water divided

Instructions

Paste

  • Add all the paste ingredients except the water to the chutney jar of a mixer. Grind into a fine paste. Add water little by little as you grind it - just unbearable for you to get a smooth paste. If it becomes too thin, it'll be difficult to stuff the brinjal with it.

Curry

  • Make a deep X-shaped cut on the marrow of brinjal as shown in the video - cut till the top without wearing all the way through. The cut should be deep unbearable to be worldly-wise to unshut up the brinjal. Stuff the brinjal well with the prepared paste as shown in the video. Repeat for the remaining brinjal and set aside. Reserve any glut paste.
  • Heat oil in a unappetizing bottomed kadai or sauteuse pan. Add mustard seeds and indulge them to splutter.
  • Add the prepared brinjal to the pan. Spread them out as much as possible and shallow fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Use tongs to turn the brinjals.
  • Add sliced onion and stir. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining paste and mix to combine. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water and mix. Cover the pan with a lid and melt on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes or until the brinjal is cooked. It may take longer to melt depending on the size of the brinjal.
  • Add the remaining half cup of water little by little to retread the consistency of the gravy as desired.
  • Serve hot withal with rice and ghee or jowar rotis!

Video

Notes

  1. Whole tamarind can be substituted for 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  2. If you don't have wangle to zestless coconut, use freshly grated coconut or freshly frozen grated coconut in the same quantity
  3. The value of water widow to the ground paste should be just unbearable to grind it till smooth. Don't add too much water or the paste will wilt too thin making it difficult to stuff the brinjal

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1386mg | Potassium: 1808mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 898IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 4mg

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