November 4, 2015

Badanekaayi - Aloo gadde Masala Palya | Simple Stir fry

The dear husband is actually non-fussy when it comes to food. Except for his pet peeves. Like today's dish.

Right from the start of marriage (including the wedding menu, where we 'forgot' to ask for his micro preferences), he fails to understand why should two vegetables be mixed when they can be eaten separately. Like Potato and Brinjal are brilliant veggies. Separately. He wouldn't touch this in the initial days.

I pursued making them though, for I love this combo a LOT !! When the girls were born and he grew wiser, he wanted to be a model father, and now both elder one and the dad tolerate this. 

The special magic in this is the spice powder thats used and that gives a super kick to the whole dish. I use the spice powder as in this curry, and even add capsicum (bell peppers), carrots and even fresh peas (more mixed veggies in one dish means more vexed husband :D). And it teams up so well with Curd rice or plain rice + Rasam / Sambhar

Lets get to make this...

Prep time : 10 mins, cook time : 15 mins, serves :2
Course : Side dish / accompaniment, vegan 

  • Brinjal (long variety - green or purple) - 150 gms - 2 medium
  • Potato - 1 large or 2 medium
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Vangi bhath powder - 2 tsp**
  • Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp (substitute with 1/4 tsp amchur / dry mango powder)
  • Dry coconut grated - 1/2 tsp (totally opt.)

**For the Spice powder (Makes 1 serving):
  • Dry coriander seeds - 1 TBSP
  • Channa Dal - 1/2 TBSP
  • Dry Red chillies - 3 or 4
  • Clove - 1 or 2
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 inch stick
  • Grated Dry copra / dried coconut - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp

  1. Wash and scrub potatoes, with the skin on (thats how we prefer it), cut into 1.5 inch long thickish batons and reserve in slightly salted water.
  2. Wash brinjals and cut them lengthwise the same size as the potatoes and also add them to the water along with the potatoes.
  3. **If you dont have spice powder, In a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil. Fry the dry coriander seeds, dry red chillies and channa dal. Keep aside. In the same oil, turn off the flame and roast the rest of the ingredients for 1 min. Cool and grind the spice mixture. If you have the spice powder, skip this step
  4. Meanwhile drain the potato and brinjal onto a kitchen towel and pat them dry.
  5. In a pan, heat oil, splutter mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves, turmeric. Saute well. Add the pat dried veggies, saute for 2-3 mins on medium heat. Add salt , sprinkle very little water and cook covered for 8-10 mins (keep sprinkling water if required totalling not more than 3 TBSP)
  6. Once veggies are done (they should be still cooked but firm), add whole spice powder, tamarind paste, jaggery. Saute gently for 1 min.
  7. Finish with grated coconut if using.

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  1. This s one of favorite dishes when it comes to mixing vegetables in my home. The addition of tamarind and jiggery along with vangibhath powder sounds interesting. Will try this version.

  2. Slurp slurp, my mouth is watering here.. Love to have with some curd rice.

  3. Oooh....I love all the flavours you've mixed here.

  4. Looks so tempting! And to think I have just finished dinner. Feeling hungry all over again

  5. This is a favourite combo in our house. We make it a.bit differently though. Got to try your spice mix.

  6. This is a favourite combo in our house. We make it a.bit differently though. Got to try your spice mix.

  7. I too don't go for mixing if they can be served separately :D. Not a peeve or any thing, just grew up that way. But looks like I should try this combination at least, it def looks good.

  8. That's a nice dish..while we mostly don't mix vegetables for poriyals, its not a rule..I love this sil is known to mix potato with everything to make the kids eat that side dish..:)

  9. Nice combo. Love the addition of vaangibath powder.

  10. Lovely combo and what a simple side dish this is.

  11. My mom used to make a lot of mixed veggie curries, but my husband's family never even heard of the concept. So like you, it took me a while to get him in board.
    This aloo-brinjal curry is one of my absolute favorites. Your post reminds me that it's been a while I made this combo.

  12. what a delicious version this looks like

  13. Eggplant lovers will have a feast


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