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VAANGIBHATH (Eggplant Masala Rice)

Ingredients :

Basmathi rice - 1 cup
Brinjal purple - 5 to 6 cut lengthwise (here is a tip put it in the water by adding 3 tbsp milk brinjal will be so fresh and does not turn brown)
Onion - 1 sliced
Green chilli - 2 slited
Red chilli powder - little
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind extract - 1 tbsp ( Alternatively you can use lemon as well)

For seasoning :

Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Channa dhal - 2 tsp
Peanuts - few
Oil and salt
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Coriander for garnish

For making vaangibhath powder : (This amount can be used for making approximately 3 to 2 times )

Dry coconut(kobari) - 3 tbsp
Channa dhal - 2 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
Urad dhal - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Red chilies - 3
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

This picture is not exact measurement just to show what all required for blending.
Dry roast all the above ingredients and make to fine powder. Cool and store it in the bottle.

Method :

1. Cook basmathi rice fluffy. Cool it and keep it aside.
2. Wash the soaked brinjal and drain it.
3. Heat oil in the frying pan add the cumin, channa dhal and peanuts.
4. Add the sliced onion, curry leaves and slited green chilli.
5. Saute till light brown and then add the brinjal saute until they are well cooked and slightly roasted by closing the lid once in a while.
6. Add the turmeric, red chilli powder and tamarind extract saute for couple of minutes.
7. Now add the cooked basmathi rice and powder according to required taste.( if you are using lemon you can add the juice at this stage)
8.Add salt and mix well once they are blended well garnish with coriander leaves.
9. Serve hot with raita and pappad.


1. Brinjal can be substituted by capsicum, mixed vegetables(add lemon juice instead of tamarind for this), Only carrots, Potatoes and even with dondakaya(This has to fried very well).
2. If you do not have dry coconut when of thinking to prepare just put the grated coconut in the frying pan and put the flame very low it gets dried and roasted slightly that can be used.  – (June 5, 2009 at 10:52 AM)  

I really appreciate you that you are a great cook...with a great presenter also...Very nice.

Anuradha –   – (June 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM)  

Wooow... Lovely looking dish!!

Pooja  – (June 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM)  

Wow brinjal rice looks awesome! And what a presentation! During my stay as a paying guest few years ago they used to serve brinjal rice and I like it so much. Yours look exactly similar and is tempting me a lot!

Nithya  – (June 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM)  

Very very cute presentation.. :) it looks too good..

Priyameena  – (June 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM)  

Wow Looks very inviting!!I love your mortar and pestle...its gorgeous!

Dharani Jagadeesh  – (June 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM)  

Lovley Presentation pavithra.. n its tempting very much!!

Bhawna  – (June 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM)  

lovely presentation as always, nice rice recipe.

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (June 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM)  

Ooohhh, that's so pretty! I love the presentation! A flavorful rice dish!



Unknown  – (June 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM)  

That looks tangy n delicious. You have great garnishing sense!

Mangala Bhat  – (June 5, 2009 at 1:04 PM)  

ohh! thats soo pretty :) lovely presentation:)..nicerecipe :)

Srilakshmi  – (June 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM)  

One of my fav one pot dishes.. Great Presentation again!

Padma  – (June 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM)  

Really appreciate your patience in decorating the platter Pavithra... just too great ... no wrods to describe...

Rush  – (June 5, 2009 at 1:25 PM)  

this is fab..and the side brinjal placement..please pass on some tips on decoring the platter, u did a great job..loved it!!!

Vrinda  – (June 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM)  

Awesome presentation as usual..never seen such a colorful rice before..looks fabulous,yum..

Unknown  – (June 5, 2009 at 2:57 PM)  

Looks so nice and a real beautiful presentation.

Unknown  – (June 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM)  

So simple..yet wonderful..
I tasted it was really too good..
garnishing is superb dear..

Anonymous –   – (June 5, 2009 at 3:29 PM)  

Pavithra, its my fav I make this so often.
and the brinjals look so braids!

Priya Suresh  – (June 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM)  

Wwoww Pavithra, wat a delicious rice dish...very cute presentation dear!!!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian)  – (June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM)  

You always come out with such lovely presentation styles-excellent!!!

Unknown  – (June 5, 2009 at 5:13 PM)  

Wowwww..Everytime I came to your blog..i had my mouth wide open out of wonderfull are so creative...very delicious vaghibhat.

anudivya  – (June 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM)  

How neatly arranged and presented. Looks beautiful.

Pooja  – (June 5, 2009 at 5:37 PM)  

Lovely presentation Pavitra..Yummy rice..

Sakshi  – (June 5, 2009 at 5:53 PM)  

U always come out with gorgeous ideas to present ur food...loved it. My my you really know how to cook anything and everything don't cha?? Hey your corn soup came out delicious but me being me surfing and commenting while cooking forgot the salt and my folks here had a great time pulling my legs...

Varsha Vipins  – (June 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM)  

That looks gorgeous Pavi..I esply loved the much imagination n effort na..:)

Kiran  – (June 5, 2009 at 7:16 PM)  

Lovely recipe and great presentation of a wonderfully simple dish.

Sowmya  – (June 5, 2009 at 7:31 PM)  

Your picture is soooo creative...Clap Clap Clap to ur efforts :)

I would try this dish soon...Long time wishing to..

Christo Gonzales  – (June 5, 2009 at 8:58 PM)  

excellent...but I always say that...I wish I could taste your dishes!

Raks  – (June 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM)  

Sounds great and as usual great presentation!

Saritha  – (June 5, 2009 at 10:46 PM)  

Loved the presentaion and the rice :)

Renus Kitchen  – (June 5, 2009 at 10:59 PM)  

nice dish and great presentation !

Red Chillies  – (June 5, 2009 at 11:03 PM)  

I use the MTR powder for the vaangi bhat and got tired of it. i need to try this.

chef and her kitchen  – (June 5, 2009 at 11:33 PM)  

Yummily decorated gal n looks really appetizing..Lovely mortar n pestle,where did u buy it??

Lena Jayadev  – (June 6, 2009 at 12:32 AM)  

i was goin throgh your blog really didn send the award i sent to you.. :(
i sent it before on may 15th.. :(

i was just joking..its k..its your wish..this rice looks awesome..:)

nora@ffr  – (June 6, 2009 at 6:56 AM)  

yumm looking amzing.. nice shot.. thanx for sharing

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (June 6, 2009 at 8:20 AM)  

Such a nice presentation! Enjoy your award dear - you really deserve it...

Lena Jayadev  – (June 6, 2009 at 12:57 PM)  

Thanks Pavi.. :)
a small mistake in my name.. its Lena Rashmin Raj and blog name is Lemon n Spice.. :)

im following you from today onwards..what i like more in your blog is, the presentation..always awesome presentation.. :)

Anurag  – (June 6, 2009 at 2:48 PM)  

yummy.... feeling like to try these out someday after my college chucking out my hostel's mess food..

Anuradha  – (June 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM)  

Lovely dish and lovely presentation.....
You are a great cook. Very nice..

Unknown  – (June 6, 2009 at 11:24 PM)  

wow what a presentation so beautiful and nice and comfort food yum yum. Thank you so much for your support in my blog.

Anonymous –   – (June 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM)  

u missed my name in the award..i had passed n the award to u..

Vijitha  – (June 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM)  

Cute presentation! looks yummy too.

ARUNA  – (June 8, 2009 at 11:25 PM)  

its so looking yummo.....color is gorgeous n tempting!!!!

nora@ffr  – (June 10, 2009 at 9:02 AM)  

yummm this dish sound delish.. :)

Anonymous –   – (August 19, 2009 at 2:44 PM)  

hey I tried vanghibath it came very tasty....

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (February 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM)  

Lovely presentation. Sure it would have been flavourful

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