Vangi Bhaat MIL style

Navratri is in full swing. This past weekend we went to a south Indian temple to see the Bombe habba. Then in the evening we went to a Punjabi temple for Durga aarti. Later we went to a Gujarati temple to be a part of  Garbha. Sunny boy loved it all. I am very happy. Such a cultural mosaic, so colorful and so festive. All of us celebrate the same festival in so many different ways. This is indeed my favorite part of the year.

I have often professed my undying love for Vangibhaat. It is on my bucket list and has always been. Needless to say, there are various way to make the right Vangibhaat. Mom makes it in her own style. MIL's variety is slightly different but equally good. This time around I made it MIL style because it is much more faster and lot less labor intensive than Mom's. The most critical part of getting the Vangibhaat right is choosing the right eggplant/brinjal. They must be tender, should not be thicker than two-three of your fingers put together. The green variety is the best but if the green ones are not available then the purple ones can do. But they must not be thicker than two fingers. The fatter the eggplant the mushier it gets and the Vangibhaat looses its texture. So getting the right Vangibhat is half the battle won.

We will need,

Eggplants /Brinjal 1 lbs
Green Peas 1/2 cup (optional)
Tomatoes 2
Peanut oil 1/3 cup
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a handful
Hing a dash
Cashew pieces a handful
Vangi bhaat masala powder 3-4 tbsp (adjust according to taste)
Salt and lime juice to taste
Ghee 1 -2 tbsp (optional)
Rice (cooked and cooled) 3-4 cups

  • Wash and clean the eggplant and wipe it dry. Cut it quarters vertically and chop the quarters into 1.5" long pieces. Chop the tomatoes and reserve.
  • Heat the oil in a wide saute pan. Throw in the mustard seeds, jeera, hing and curry leaves. Once they stop spluttering throw in the cashew nuts. Once they are golden brown, remove it using a slotted spoon and drain it on tissue paper.
  • Throw in the eggplant and gently stir to coat the eggplants with oil. Keep moving the eggplant till they are almost tender. 
  • Throw in the green peas, vangi bhaat masala powder and the tomatoes. Toss the mixture gently. 
  • Cook the vegetables till they are tender. Adjust salt and remove from heat once all the moisture has evaporated.
  • Once the mixture is slightly cool, mix the cooled rice along with toasted cashews and ghee.
  • Adjust salt and lime juice and serve immediately.


cookingwithsapana said...

So flavorful vangi Bhaat....

Unknown said...

Dasara Shubhashayagalu Smitha, Garba enjoy maadi. Vangibhath is my favorite too.

Unknown said...

Looks nice.. my fav rice..

Priya Suresh said...

Slupr, makes me hungry..Vanig bhaat looks seriously droolworthy.

Sudhir R said...

Reminds me of the initial days in trivandrum, Sudha learning to cook and experimenting. I could never appreciate this dish though.

Soundarya said...

Hi...ur dish looks awesome...can u pls specify how to make vangi bhaat powder. .I am dyingbto taste it the authentic way

Soundarya said...

Hi...ur dish looks awesome...can u pls specify how to make vangi bhaat powder. .I am dyingbto taste it the authentic way