Upponkai/Brinjal and coconut curry - Side dish for Chapathi/Roti

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We are starting another week of Blogging Marathon from today. This week's theme is to pick one veggie and cook 3 dishes with it. After too many confusion i picked our favorite Brinjal/Aubergine/Eggplant.  Today i m presenting a simple side using this less loved vegetable. Many have a hatred towards these purple cuties as they believe to cause itching. Even my own brother used to avoid this vegetable. But then, as he tasted my Brinjal rice once, he started to like it. In our house, we all love eggplants. Aloo-baingan ki subzi  and Lip-smacking Bhagara Baingan is our favorite and recently Bhaigan ka bharta. Later is my favorite as it needs very less cooking :).
I think i have some decent sides for brinjal in my site, hmmmm!! So, as i was looking for another simple brinjal sides recipe, i came across this Upponkai, @ Raks Kitchen. Seriously i don't know which language it is, and even Google couldn't come up with a proper meaning!!!  But the recipe sounded delicious. I have never cooked brinjals with coconut and green chilies. 
I paired it with Rice for my lunch and with roti's for my hubby. Give it a try, you will surely like the taste,apart from the taste, this is a quick cooking curry, you don't need a better reason to try! ;)

1 Big Brinjal/Bharta ka baingan
4 cloves of garlic
2 medium onions
Salt to taste
Fresh mint leaf for garnishing

To grind
1/2 Cup of freshly grated coconut
5 nos green chilies
4 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
hing a pinch
turmeric a pinch
sprig of curry leaf
Source : Raks Kitchen

  • Chop Onion, brinjal and garlic finely. Keep the brinjal in water until use. Heat a pan with oil, splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaf, hing and turmeric. Now add chopped onion and garlic and saute until onions turn translucent.
  • Drain water from the brinjal and add it now. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the brinjals turn soft. 
  • While the brinjals are cooking, take the ingredients under To grind and grind it to a fine paste using little water. Add this paste to the cooked brinjals. Wash the mixer with 1/4 cup of water and add that water also to the curry.
  • Let the curry simmer uncovered until the rawness of ground paste vanishes. Takes about 8-10 minutes. The amount of gravy soley depends on you. I prefer semi-solid gravy for my roti, if you  prefer dry curry then let the curry simmer until it is dry. 
  • Once done, take it off the stove, garnish and serve warm with Roti/rice. I enjoyed it for my lunch and serving it for dinner for my hubby.

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  1. This recipe sounds like a fusion of North and South. I love eggplants and bookmark any recipes with the purple cuties :) Bookmarking this one as well!

  2. Sounds delicious and must be a flavorful curry,perfect with rotis and rice...

  3. That brinjal dish looks rather interesting.. I like the way you have plated it up, looks great.

  4. Priya, brinjal is my favorite veggie and love to have it in any form. Amma makes something similar but without he onion and garlic.This dish shall soon be present in my kitchen too :)

  5. Seems like an Andhra dish to me going by the name though I don't think I have come across it.
    Upponkai means salty eggplants. Eggplant lovers would love this.

  6. Love this curry. Looks yumm.My all time favorite veggie.

  7. Brinjal is one vege that I don't have takers for at home! :( But I make it a point to include it somewhere or the other... the curry looks like a good one to go along with rice...

  8. Priya, the side dish surely looks inviting!

  9. This side dish is in my to do list since a long, a prefect side dish for rotis.


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