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March 29, 2009

CHOAQ VAGAN (HOT & SPICY KASHMIRI EGGPLANT)

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Choaq Vagan are a favorite in all kashmiri homes, we love these sour and spicy eggplant with rice, and I feel they are the perfect accompaniment for any meat dish, the sourness perfectly offsets the meaty flavors,I sometimes pack up some with a parantha for a quick, spicy snack!


If you are interested in authentic kashmiri food, do check out my other posts in the sidebar, for newbies I also have an illustrated list of special kashmiri ingredients here.



  • Ingredients-

  • Small brinjals/eggplant-1/2 kg

  • Tamarind imli-1 walnut sized ball, boiled in a cup of water and strained

  • Garlic paste-1/2 tsp

  • Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder-1 tsp

  • Onion paste-2 tbsp

  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp

  • Green cardamom powder- a pinch

  • Cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp

  • Black cardamom powder-a pinch

  • Dry ginger powder-1/4 tsp

  • Refined oil for deep frying

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup


Method-


Score eggplants into four and wash well, heat oil and fry a few at a time till reddish, drain and keep aside.Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, onion paste and garlic paste, fry till brown add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt, fry till masala leaves sides of pan, add a cup of water and then add eggplant, cook for another 10 minutes, serve piping hot!


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13 comments :

Happy cook March 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Wow looks so so yumm. I have never had this, but looking to the pic i am drooling here.

Madhumathi March 30, 2009 at 1:17 AM  

Kashmiri eggplant!Sounds interesting and its making me drool over it :)

Suparna March 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

hi,
woooooooooooooooow! u have a fabulous blog :) am first timer here. nice recipe collection and pics. I was drooling....looking at the eggplant recipe...seems very flavourful. It's a must try for me sometime. Bookmarked!
TC

Prathibha March 30, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

first time here..loved the header look..

Raaga March 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

this looks great... I should try it. Can't get enough of brinjal :)

Superchef March 31, 2009 at 3:54 AM  

mmm...lovely! i can kill for a delicious eggplant dish like this one!

delhibelle March 31, 2009 at 12:24 PM  

I remember having this at a kashmiri friend's house. spicy, sour and super tasty

Bhawna April 1, 2009 at 7:03 AM  

Eggplant looks delicious. The color is from red chilies!! Oh gosh! they are yummy..

Cynthia April 1, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

That is some serious drool-worthy eggplants!

Namratha April 2, 2009 at 5:01 AM  

Mmmmm, that is so drool worthy, looks great!

? December 23, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Bindiya, how do you add tamarind in the process? Do you 'fry'it or let it 'boil' for 5 minutes? From your picture it looks like a thick clinging sauce...
Thanks!

basilo February 25, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

HI UR EGGPLANT RECIPE LOOKS GREAT.WILL TRY VN OFF.N WILL ALS TRY UR MANGO ICLE RCIPE.N VIL LET U KNOW HOW IT IS.BYE.BASIL LOBO MUMBAI 25.02.10

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