How to make Vankaya Poornam -

Stuffed spicy brinjal recipe.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sirf 30 minute.

Main Ingredients : Baby brinjals (बेबी बैंगन), Tamarind pulp (इमली का पल्प )

Cuisine : Andhra

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Vankaya Poornam

Vankaya Poornam Recipe Card


Hindi: baingan
Also called by names like aubergine and eggplant, this purple hued fleshy vegetable is a versatile thing and fun to cook with. Dish-up a very traditional bharta with it, bake a lasagna with parmesan and eggplant or just fry it for a great accompaniment with dal-chawal, brinjal is versatile. To choose one without seeds, pick the lighter one with a smooth shiny skin.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Vankaya Poornam Recipe

  • Baby brinjals 10-12

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons

  • For stuffing

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 1 tablespoon

  • White sesame seeds 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Dried red chillies 2-3

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic crushed 2-3 cloves

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves 6-8

  • Salt to taste


Step 1

To make the stuffing, heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin, coriander and sesame seeds along with red chillies and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 2

Add poppy seeds, garlic, onion and sauté till lightly browned. Meanwhile remove the stalk of the brinjals and make 2 slits in the shape of a cross mark, stopping just about halfway through.

Step 3

Take the pan off the heat and add the desiccated coconut and mix. Put the pan back on heat and sauté for 1 minute. Switch off the heat, add tamarind pulp, curry leaves and salt and mix well.

Step 4

Let it cool slightly, then grind with a little water to a smooth paste. Stuff this mixture into the slits of the brinjals. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan and rotate the pan so that the oil coats the entire pan.

Step 5

Place the stuffed brinjals in the pan and cook on high heat for a minute so that the brinjal skin gets crisp.

Step 6

Add a little water, cover and cook till the brinjals are completely cooked. Serve hot.

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