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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Vazhuthananga Mezhukuparetti | Kerala Style Brinjal Fry

Brinjal or Vazhuthananga is a power pack of nutrients especially minerals and antioxidants. This was always the most disliked in my childhood when it was added by my mom in Sambar. Mezhukuparetti or stir fry were still okay to me. This is a quick yummy stir fry that goes well with steamed rice and please use the purple brinjal for best tastes than the green variety. If at all you feel a brinjal tastes bitter, then add a tsp of salt in  the water once its cut. Soak in the salt water for 6-7 minutes. Dain the water completely and which should work fine. Enjoy !!

Preparation time ~ 10 mins
Cooking time ~ 10 mins
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 3-4
vazhuthananga / brinjal 3 or 4
curry leaves a sprig
green chillies 3 slit
kashmiri chilly powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
oil 2-3 tbsp

  • Wash and cut the brinjal or vazhuthananga length wise such that each piece is 2" long. Place this in a bowl of water so that it can prevent discoloration.
  • In a non stick pan, add oil. Add the cut brinjal pieces along with green chillies. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt lightly (don't add more salt as the brinjal gets wilted and reduces so if you add more salt at this point its hard to reduce).
  • Mix everything well and cook covered for two minutes until the brinjal looks half cooked. Add more salt as needed and keep stirring. Add garam masala and curry leaves at this point.

  • Dry up all moisture left and add a tsp of oil in case needed to roast the pieces well.
  • Switch off flame and serve hot with choodu choru (steamed rice). 

* You can add the hot chilly powder to add more heat but I prefer mezhukuparetti mildly spiced.
* You can even add sliced shallots (4-5) but in that case the brinjal doesn't stay in shape and becomes mixed up and turns mushy.
* Also just keep a close watch not to over do the cooking by covering the lid so that it is not over cooked.


1 comment:

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It must have tasted really good with all the wonderful spices.