In vangi bhath (also called as Eggplant Rice /Brinjal Rice), the aromatic masala plays a key role which is prepared using marathi moggu, cloves and cinnamon. It also brings out the unique taste for this rice. Try out this simple yummy recipe and enjoy!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes (40 minutes including rice cooking)
Serves : 2
Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Brinjal - 1 cup, cubed
Curry leaves - 1 string
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard and Urid dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
For Vangi Bhath Masala:
Channa dal - 1 tablespoon
Coriander seeds / Coriander powder - 1/2 tablespoon
Urid dal - 1 teaspoon
Dry Red Chillies - 5 nos
Cinnamon stick - 2 inch length
Cloves - 2 cloves
Poppy seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
1) In a pan, dry roast the ingredients given for vangi bhath masala and make a powder. Keep it aside.
2) Wipe off the same pan and heat oil in it. When it is hot, add mustard seeds and urid dal. Allow them to splutter.
3) Add curry leaves followed by chopped brinjals.
4) Fry for few minutes and then sprinkle little water and salt to cook brinjal.
5) when the brinjal turns soft, add the masala powder(as said in step 1) by turning the flame to low and give a quick fry. Make sure not to burn masala.
6) Add cooked rice and mix gently and cook for 2 minutes.
7) Garnish with coriander leaves.
8) Serve hot with pappad or raitha.
1) As I didn't have Marathi Moggu at the time of preparation, I didn't add them and increased the cloves count.
2) If you are using coriander powder, dry roast all ingredients for masala first, then add the coriander powder towards the end of the roasting. This avoids the overburnt of masala.
Sending this recipe to Simply Food's Flavors of South India.