Knowledge is knowing Brinjal is a fruit, Wisdom is not adding it in a Fruit Salad...
This is what led me to think about those fruits that are used as vegetables. Technically fruits are those that have seeds and develop from flowers. However, some are used as vegetables. So some of the vegetables that are used as vegetables are avocado, beans, peapods, corn kernels, cucumbers, capsicum, pumpkin, squash, and tomatoes.
I decided to do the theme on fruits that are vegetables. For Day 1 I have decided to make with Brinjal, it's a dish that Amma noted down from a TV show. We had the Gongura or the Sorrel Leaves and decided that it was really something very interesting to incorporate along with Brinjal.
I have another masala kura that my sil makes with raw peanuts or Sanagalu, this gravy uses the same process. This can be called as Vankaya Gongura Sanagalu Kura as well.
We love Gutti Vanakay Kura and making it in a new way was also interesting as we have a new one to try and add to our menu.
We also love Gongura and adding these sorrel leaves in this was a novel idea. This gravy is also different because we don't add turmeric powder. So the gravy is white in colour.
Vankaya Gongura Masala
Brinjal - 250 gms
Oil for deep frying
For the Gravy
Gongura leaves - 1 cup
Oil - 2 tsp
Curds - 3 tbsp
Fresh Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
Raw Peanut - 3 tbsp
White Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
How to make the gravy
Wash and slit through the brinjal in the center into 4 without slicing through. The brinjals should be intact and whole.
Heat a kadai with enough oil, deep fry each brinjal and keep it aside.
Grind the ingredients for the masala into a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
For the gravy
Heat a nonstick pan with oil, add the gongura leaves till it is cooked, then add the ground masala, saute well.
Then add the spice powders, salt, and simmer till the masala comes out. Next, add the brinjals, saute well.
After 5 to 7 mins, add the curds and enough water, bring to boil.
Simmer till it is cooked well. Takes about 5 to 7 mins.
Serve with Rotis