For the letter E, there was never a need to think of anything else. Amma had made this dish once and I decided this is what I was going to do for E. Of course I had to resort using the english name for this. Amma called it Kathrikai chops, going by the famous mutton chops. I am told that this dish has the same crazy as the mutton chops would have.
I am not sure how much this is true as I have never lived in Andhra, however Andhrites are known for their affinity to Brinjal/ Eggplant. In fact there is a song dedicated to the goodness and yumminess of brinjals. My daddy is very fond of brinjal and can have it any form. So I knew he must have loved this dish as well.
The first time I tasted this, I felt I had to use this for the ABC series. There was no question of using this for any other letter. Infact this vegetable can fit into so many letters, that it’s amazing. One Vegetable and I could have used it for so many letters as it is also called as Aubergine, Brinjal, Eggplant, Garden egg, Melongene, Kathirikai, Vankaya and if there are more I am not aware!
Since all my other letters had some options I could’ve used it for V but it didn’t strike me at all. I was fixed on using it as Eggplant as I was running short of options for E. Well as my friends who have been with me on this Dish hunt for each letter, would tell you, you will understand only if you go through it..:)
End of the day I was happy I selected as this was such a delicious dish and as the bard says, What’s in a name!
For E we have Eggplant Chops
For the Chops
Eggplant – 500 gms
Salt to taste
Oil – 100 gms
Onions – ¼ cup (1/2 of a medium)
Tomato – ¼ cup
Water – ½ cup
For the paste
Coconut paste – 1 cup
Ginger – 1 inch
Garlic – 3 cloves
Green chilies – 4 – 5 long
Cinnamon – 1”
How to make the Chops
Grind all the ingredients listed under the paste, to a smooth paste using water.
Wash and slit the eggplants through the middle into 4 parts, keeping one end intact. Stuff the masala into the eggplants. Keep it aside.
Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute the onions till brown, then add tomatoes, once the tomatoes turn soft, add the stuffed eggplant along with the masala. Simmer and cook for 5 mins.
Then add water and continue cooking till the masala is well cooked and eggplant turn soft. This takes about 10 mins or so.