Monday, December 17, 2018

RINGNA VATANA

RINGNA VATANA

Today's dish is a popular one in Gujarati. The name for this dish comes from the two main ingredients namely Brinjals/Eggplants ("Ringan" in Gujarati) and Green Peas ("Vatana" in Gujarati).

You would have seen, if you are a follower of this blog, that we make Gujarati dishes at home once in a while. That is because as soon as I got married, we lived for a few years in that State in the West of India. You will find, for example elsewhere in this blog recipes for Bhindi SambhariyaKhaman Dhokla, and Gujarati Kadhi.

This recipe has been adapted from Ringna Vatana by Tarlaji Dalal. It is described as a being a healthy, low calorie dish. We should choose balloon brinjals for this dish as they are seedless. We can use either fresh or frozen green peas.

We enjoyed this with hot rotis.




Ingredients:-




  • Balloon Brinjals, cut into bite-sized cubes, 4 cups
  • Frozen Green Peas, 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, 2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lemon Juice, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, a sprig- for the garnish
For the Marinade Powder: 
  • Coriander -Cumin Seeds Powder, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
For The Onion Coriander Paste ; 
  • Onion, roughly chopped, 1/2 cup
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Green Chillies, roughly chopped, 2
  • Ginger, chopped, 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom, 2
  • Garlic, 4 cloves
Method:-

Wash the brinjals and remove the stalk. Cut the brinjals into bite-sized cubes.
In a deep bowl, mix together the brinjal cubes along with the coriander -cumin seeds powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Keep aside for 10 minutes for marination.
In a mixer jar grind together all the ingredients mentioned under "For The Onion Coriander Paste" to a smooth paste, with 1 tbsp of water. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai and on moderate heat add the cumin seeds
When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the onion-coriander paste and saute on medium flame for a couple of minutes till the raw smell goes 
Now add the marinated brinjal cubes, green peas, and salt. Mix well
(Remember you have already added salt for the marinade powder)
Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well
Cover and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes stirring from time to time
Finally stir in the lemon juice
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Serve hot with rotis





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