Spicy Green Brinjals

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

When I took my vacation a month ago, I had planned to be back to blogging as soon as I returned. Then suddenly, after all of my whining about waiting for Spring — Spring rolled in with a vengeance! My daughter went to her first prom, my son finished his first year at college, and too many outside demands vied for my time. Then I stumbled onto a case of “blogger’s block”. Although I was cooking, nothing I made seemed important enough to write about. I was even having trouble taking decent photos! I gave it a rest for awhile, but oh, how I’ve missed my blogging time!

I’ve also been playing outside in the yard. With college costs increasing, one kid already there and another heading that way in a couple of years, there is a good possibility that we will downsize this house and move. In order to increase “curb appeal”, I’ve been taking more pains in the yard than I have in previous years. I’m also trying to plant a few veggies. The soil in this yard is mostly clay and shale, so planting a living thing requires more than hoe and shovel — what I really need is a jackhammer to break the ground! Needless to say, much time has been spent outdoors.

I have a newfound respect for people who maintain showplace lawns and gardens!

fresh greenΒ brinjal
fresh green (Thai) brinjal

I recently found a new enclave of Indian stores — well, they aren’t new, but new to me. One shop, Patel’s, has an amazing array of fresh produce — I really must make a special trip back there soon — and Arjuna, if you’re out there — this is only a few miles down the road from where we usually go!

Last weekend I picked up some fantastically fresh veggies, including a bunch of these beautiful baby brinjals. They were so fresh, I only threw a few away for black seeds, even after they sat in the fridge for five days. Last night I cooked them up with some whole peanuts and spices — they were rich and delicious.

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Spicy Green Brinjals

8-10 fresh green brinjals, quartered and soaked in salt water

1 tsp canola oil
5-6 big garlic cloves, minced
1 big piece fresh ginger, minced
2-3 dried red chiles
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 TB peanuts
2 TB spicy masala powder (I used ISG’s yummy mixture from this recipe)
2 TB jaggery
1/4 c water
salt to taste

In a large saute pan, heat the oil and saute garlic and ginger with red chiles until fragrant. Add onion, peanuts, and brinjal pieces. Cook over med-high heat, tossing and stirring frequently, until onion and brinjals are slightly browned.

Add 2 TB ISG’s spicy masala, jaggery, and water. Stir well and then cover, reduce the heat to med-low and cook about 15 minutes, or till brinjals are tender. Add salt to taste.

Delicious hot or at room temperature.

spicy green brinjals
spicy green brinjals

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19 Comments »

  1. mandira said

    Linda, the brinjals look amazing. I still have to finish my spring cleaning, I’ve been procrastinating!

    Thanks Mandira — I’m still working on it indoors too — procrastination is my middle name πŸ˜‰

  2. Hema said

    Hi Linda, Good to see you back in form. Green brinjals look amazing. I liked the idea of adding jaggery. I ususally buy these green brinjals for sambhar.

    I’ve only bought them a couple of times Hema, and stuffed them. I use the purple ones in sambhar — will try with these next time, thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. Deepa said

    Brinjals are my favt …Something new and different one by adding jaggery to it …it must be sweet and spicy too

    Hi Deepa, yes, the jaggery definitely made it hot ‘n sweet πŸ™‚

  4. Nupur said

    Looks perfectly delicious! We have missed you, Linda πŸ™‚ but a blogging break can be quite refreshing, right? Good luck with your gardening…do you watch those shows like “sell this house” ? πŸ˜€

    I’ve missed y’all too Nupur! My daughter loves all those shows… Extreme Home Makeover and Househunters etc. I miss the old “Victory Garden”! πŸ™‚

  5. shammi said

    Oddly enough, my latest post is about brinjals too! πŸ™‚ I hate the blessed things, though! πŸ˜€

    Your stuffed brinjals look yummy Shammi! You’re a brave girl to cook them when you don’t love ’em πŸ™‚

  6. Trupti said

    Nice to see your post, Linda…..Glad you had a nice break though nonetheless!

    That eggplant is just lovely…..I love that color! πŸ˜‰ Isg’s Masala must have added a real kick….!

    Hugs,
    trupti

    I love that particular blend of ISG’s — have a big container of it in the freezer! Sending spring hugs your way Trupti, finally huh? πŸ™‚

  7. bee said

    “i hate the blessed things, though!”

    i hear ya, shammi. πŸ˜€

    linda, your dish looks good. i’ll admire it from afar. lol. i missed ya. hope to see many new posts from you.

    Thanks for the kind words Bee — I won’t force any brinjals too close to ya — more for me! πŸ˜‰

  8. Asha said

    We found some clay too deep down in my veggie patch Linda! Arvind was digging them all out like a trooper(I have a legitimate excuse of Allergy not to do that)!:D
    They are a menace indeed,feels like they are rocks!!
    College costs scare me too.Trisha is in Early college,finishes HS in 11th grade,so she gets one yr free college when she is 12 grade.After that we have to pay.It’s when both kids are in College,we will be trouble,I feel ya.Good luck with selling.
    Eggplants dish looks great.I love those veggies in any form or shape:))
    Take it easy Linda,don’t stress out.

    Glad you’ve got someone to do your digging, Asha! Good luck to Trisha — smart cookie she is to be going to early college! It’s hard work paying, but worth it to see the kids so successful πŸ™‚ You are the eggplant queen, I remember! Maybe some Eggplant Ice Cream, hmm…. πŸ˜‰

  9. sandeepa said

    Linda, the first prom must have been exciting. Your little daughter all grown up !!!
    The spicy brinjals look great as usual

    Thanks Sandeepa — she did look all grown up, and hard to believe the time goes that fast! Will post a pic one of these days πŸ™‚

  10. Mishmash! said

    Linda, it’s always nice to take a break and come back fresh and I guess u re on the right track πŸ™‚
    So how was your girl prep’n for prom…must have been all excited right ?
    and I have been missing your photographs too πŸ™‚

    Hi Shn, been missing you guys alot! Meg was v. excited about the whole prom affair… in this time of “hurry up and grow up” society it’s nice to see the kids having fun with “kid” things πŸ™‚

  11. swapna said

    Hi linda
    Brinjal is my all time favorite.I love any dish made of that.the curry looks yummy!!

    Thank you Swapna! Brinjals are my fav. too πŸ™‚

  12. Dilip said

    wow…wonderful brinjal dish…thanks for sharing Linda…yes Juggery and peanuts is a nice twist…great recipe….thanks for sharing

    Thank you Dilip, glad you liked it! Dill dal is on the to-do list this week, too πŸ™‚

  13. Vani said

    My hubby & I are not exactly the gardening types ourselves and we took on the project of improving the curb appeal of our house too and man! what a task that is turning out to be! We’re no where near done but the house has started to look so much better already. I know what u mean about having a newfound respect for those immaculate lawns and gardens!
    As a kid, I hated brinjals and but now, I can’t have enough! The dish looks delicious, Linda!

    Hi Vani, isn’t it funny how our tastes change? I wasn’t a big fan of eggplant as a kid either — course we didn’t have these nice sweet little ones then, only the huge bitter purple ones. Good luck with your yard project! Every little bit gives you some satisfaction, I know πŸ™‚

  14. Roopa said

    delicious dish yumm…i love eggplants. Great to see you back!

    Thanks Roopa, it’s nice to be back! Me too, love eggplants πŸ™‚

  15. Coffee said

    Great to have you back!!! Show us what you grwo in your garden when its full and sprouting……

    The pic of the brinjal is awesome…… I also hate those things though πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Coffee — nice to see you πŸ™‚ I hope my garden will grow *something* — every time I try I have high hopes, don’t always succeed. We’ll see! Note to self: No brinjals for Coffee!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. sia said

    nice to see u come out of blogger’s block linda:) i surely missed ur regular posts. ur daughter’s 1st prom? ah!!! how exciting… hope she had gr8 time:)
    i can very well understand what u meant by newfound respect for those immaculate lawns and gardens! just when we were ready with vegetable patch and beautiful weather and sowed some seeds, its all gone for toss:( its raining 24X7 and all i can see is weeds growing stronger and some doozens of slugs:( thank god we have sown some seeds in pots and trays!!!
    by the way, i loved this brinjal dish and u must be knowing that brinjal is my most fav vegetable. i haven’t seen these small green brinjals here. back in my native we get big green brinjals which have very different taste from usual ones and they are known as udupi gulla badane. they are the best”est” ones for smabars:)

    Hi Supriya, have missed going around to read your posts too — never fear, I’ll catch up! Weeds and slugs are definitely the challenge — hope you get some sunshine soon! It’s been raining here too the past few days, big thunderstorms and even a tornado watch, unusual for Massachusetts. Happily no tornadoes though.

    I’d love to try the long green brinjals — I have seen one in a garden catalogue but I don’t remember whether it was Indian or Thai. Any brinjal is good, to me! Will do a little search with for udupi gulla badane πŸ™‚

  17. indosungod said

    Linda, I guess that is what they use rocks and clay to fill out the yard when they build houses. I usually stick to pots to grow, other than the most hardy plants it is a miracle if anything grows in them. I have almost replaced pretty much the whole top soil upto a feet or more with store bought dirt over the years, now a few plants grow.

    Spicy Brinjal curry looks awesome. The Spicy Powder worked for this dish. That is really nice. Green Brinjals have a slightly different taste than the purple ones right? I am trying to grow them this year will see how it turns out.
    Love them all though.

    Good Luck with the house and the college expenses.

    Hi ISG — yes, we have that builder’s fill, and also the soil itself is full of shale — shovel hits a piece and it crumbles to a million pieces. I’ve been trying the topsoil improvement plan too, along with peat moss and compost.

    These green brinjals, while very sweet, had TONS of seeds. I don’t know if that’s because I let them sit in the fridge, or if they are always that way. Tasty though. I am trying to grow “ichiban” variety — so common now that I got the seedlings at the garden center. Anxious to know how you do with the green ones!

    BTW your masalas are always in my freezer πŸ˜‰

  18. Menu Today said

    Hi Linda,
    Nice to see your Post… Brinjal curry looks Yummy… I think adding jaggery enhances the taste !!!!! Thanks for sharing

    Hi MT and thanks! I loved the taste of brinjals and the jaggery mellowed the spices πŸ™‚

  19. Sushma said

    Dearest Linda,

    Missed you and your posts..I hope you got a chance to relax during the blogging break…Well, doesnt time flies your little one already having a prom..hope she enjoyed it..

    I love eggplant and i definitely need to try it with akick of ISG spicy masala..

    Welcome back dear.. Take care of yourself

    Sushma, you are a truly sweet soul — thank you! I’m glad to be back πŸ™‚

    Do try ISG’s masala — very delicious!

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