Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Brinjal Raita !!!

I am back and this time have a valid reason for such a late post... moving from state to state on short notice left me with loads of packing and then the unpacking !!!!!! And imagine with a 10 month old around :). 
Now i am almost settled and found time to sit online and do some work on the blog. In fact i have loads of posts sitting in my drafts but i hardly have the time these days :(.

This post is a different one - Brinjal raita. This was something i learnt from my Mom when she was here for my delivery last year. No day used to go by when i went without having Cucumber raita for lunch. But moving to NJ from CA , i never was happy with the quality of Cucumbers that i found in NJ. Was telling my Mom about it when she said she would make Brinjal raita. Not only was it a hit with me , but with my hubby too who is very finicky about his food!!!!!

This is also a hit with friends ,family and children too!!!!!. This goes well with Pulao varieties as well as with rice :).

Try it out and let me know :).

Ingredients :

Eggplant - 3 medium sized , finely chopped and place it in a bowl of water
Onion - 1/2 of a large sized Onion , finely chopped
Sour cream -  as desired
Curd - as desired
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsps
Salt - as required
Coriander leaves - chopped , to garnish

How to go about it :

Take a pan , add oil. Once it is hot , add mustard seeds. As they start popping add onions.
Once the onions turn transluscent add the cut eggplant.To this add the required salt , mix well and leave it on medium flame till the eggplant is finely cooked. If needed you can add a small amount of water to cook the eggplants.
Once cooked , remove the pan and allow the mix to cool down.

Once it is cool enough , transfer to a bowl , add sour cream and curd in the ratio of 3:1 and mix it well. 

Since we have already added salt while cooking , taste and if required add more salt. To this add the cumin powder and give the mixture a stir.

Add coriander leaves and the raita is ready to serve !!!!!!!

PS: You can make any changes you want to this as in :

i. I normally prefer more sour cream , but if one likes more curd , the ratio can be reversed or it can be just plain curd too :).

ii. You can also add fresh coconut gratings to this :).

The list is endless , but i always the prefer simple version ;P

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