After my last post of Vastad rotti (pan fried version of Mangalore Buns), I was reminded of another Konkani delicacy which I used to literally beg my grandmother to make. It is this Vaingana bhajji. She used to make with green brinjals (or gulla in Konkani/Kannada) and it tasted so heavenly that I could eat it as it is without rice.
Since we hardly get green brinjals here, I use purple ones for making Bajji. Also traditionally, the brinjal is roasted over gas or wood fire and then mashed after removing skin. If you have the option, then you can do it too. But since we have an electric cooking range, I boil it in water and mash it. My grandmother did this way too and as Amma says, this is much easier (mothers always want less work for their kids and Amma told me to try this way 😁). Life became easier after that and Bajji became our regular dish when we got fresh brinjals.
We love simple meals and this is an accompaniment which is very flavorful yet very basic. Hope you all try and love it too. Happy and healthy cooking!
1 large Purple Brinjal or 2 medium sized Green Brinjal or 3 small purple brinjals (about 2 cups chopped)
1 medium sized Onion, finely chopped
2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Hing or Asafoetida powder
2 tsp Tamarind paste
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Salt to taste
3 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Step by step recipe:
1. Take chopped brinjals in a vessel.
2. Add little water and cook till it turns very soft. Water should be absorbed too.
3. Mash the brinjal very well using a masher.
4. Now add chopped onions, green chillies, tamarind pulp, hing, salt and coconut oil.
5. Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve immediately as an accomplishment with rice meals.
* I have made it with all varieties of brinjals and it tastes great with any variety of them.
* Traditionally bhajji is made by roasted over gas or wood fire but my grandmother made this version too and I make this because I don’t have gas stove here (nor wood fire 😅).
* Don’t add a lot of water while cooking the brinjals and make sure the water is absorbed well and brinjal is cooked well too.
* You can skip onions if following satvik diet but onions does add a wonderful bite.
* I usually make this with our Matta rice congee and it tastes heavenly with it.
* With white rice and rasam, bhajji makes an excellent accompaniment.