Wednesday, May 23, 2007

RCI -Gutti Vankaya Kura ( Stuffed Eggplant Sabji)

Gutti Vankaya Kura ( Stuffed Eggplant Sabji)Noting personifies Andhra food like Guttivankaya Kura, this dish makes its presence on all the major occasions or events in the house holds of Andhra Pradesh, be it something as big as a wedding or as small as party celebrated at home.

This will be my entry to RCI (Regional Cuisines of India), which was started by Lakshmi of Veggi Cuisine and is being hosted by Latha of MasalaMagic

Few other interesting, famous and non-food related items that would glorify this state would be


1.Kondapalli Bommalu
These toys are made of wood and colored in beautiful bright colors in a village called Kondapalli. All the toys are made of wood and natural dyes. Growing up I used to played with their kitchen set made of wood and boxed in a container made of dried coconut leaves


(Images courtesy Lepakshi)


2.Gadwal,Venkata giri and Pochampalli sarees
These are made from pure cotton and I believe as they get worn they turn to get softer and softer. These make beat the scorching heat of AP. These can range from being utmost simple to utmost exotic and pricey.
4.Kalamkari Fabrics

The Kalamkari is a fabric famous all over the world for its beautiful vegetable colors used on the clothes, mostly depicting mythological designs and patterns.This art form is found at Machilipatnam in Andhra pradesh. More info can be found here
http://www.kalamkariart.org/

Photo courtesy http://www.exoticindiaart.com
5.Kuchipudi Dance
Kuchipudi, the indigenous style of dance of Andhra Pradesh, was born in the village of Kuchelapuri or Kuchelapuram, from which it takes its name.

(Image courtesy Google Image search)
6.Bapu's Paintings
Bapu is a renonouned artist who's art depicts the perfect represantation of all things Andhra Pradesh be it a beautiful belle from a village to a dance form or an emotion , the use of his colors, fauna and flora truly show cases the beauty of Andhra pradesh. He truly showcases AP at its best through his art
(Image courtesy The Hindu)
And now coming to today's recipe
Ingredients
1 lb bringal/egg plant ( usually the small black colored ones)
tamrind size of quarter
haldi
salt

1.In a microwaveable bowl, mix tamrind ,salt and haldi and add water , it should be enough to cover all the brinjals
2.slit brinjals in the middle, careful not to break it
3.add these slit brinjals into the tamrind water and microwave for 10-15 minutes until done
4.remove from the bowl and pat dry and place of a tissue paper to remove excess water


For stuffing
2 tbsp Urad dal
2 tbsp Channa dal
1 tbsp Dhania
1 tbsp sesame seeds
4-5 Chilies
handful of Peanuts
1 and 1/2 Onion cut into cubes

1.Fry all the ingredients in a pan without adding oil,once it starts to turn brown remove from heat and grind into a fine powder
2.in the same pan add onion and fry till translucent
3.now add onion in the mixer and add the above powder and salt
grind into a fine paste

Finishing
1.Stuff the above paste in the boiled and slit brinjals
2. take a pan add 1 tbsp of oil and when hot add the stuffed brinjals one by one
3. turn the brinjals and add oil again till all sides are brown

Serve hot with rice , tastes good with roti's too
Hope you have enjoyed a mini cultural tour of Andhra Pradesh

10 comments:

Asha said...

I LOVED the cultural tour.So colorful,makes you proud to be Indian:))
Lovely recipe,I made those yesterday too.

Sia said...

thanks for taking us on free tour of AP sreelu:) those wood toys reminds me of our own channapattana close to mysore which is world famous for beautiful, colourful wood toys.
i had Gutti Vankaya Kura just few days back. the recipe asked for stuffing the brinjal and then cooking in oil. how much of oil do u need for this method of making gutti vankaya kura?

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Lovely post Sreelu!!! Very informative one, indeed... :) and a wondeful recipe too!!

Richa said...

such a lovely post! those wooden toys are so cute and to think they are a part of a festival, wow!
pochampalli saree & kalamkari fabrics are so popular country wide!
stuffed eggplant looks yummy!

Sreelu said...

Asha,

True writing this I felt how truly blessed to be a part of the country with such rich culture and heritage

Sia,

I usually use a 1 tbsp oil and then add each eggplant. Its my version of low fat :)

Ramya,
Thanks for your comments

Richa,

Kalamkari is my favorite too, I love wearing kalamkari kurti's with pair of nice blue jeans.sleek combination

Roopa said...

wow Srellu wonderfull writeup on the Andra culture. BTW sreelu the baingan sabji is yummy too. This is how my mom used to make though not microwave. :)

Cynthia said...

I am keeping all these brinjal recipes to make for my mom when she visits. Looks good Sreelu.

sra said...

Sreelu,
Chala bagundi post. I was thinking about the kitchen set myself a few days ago, not for a post, just remembered it. If you remember, we used to get a kitchen set for children made in metal also, I'm not sure but I think it was made of 'reku' in different colours, and there was a brass variety as well. And I'm so glad you gave a microwaveable version, it's really a blessing to be able to cook in the microwave.

Sharmi said...

such a beautiful entry sreelu! loved the pics. the gutthi vankaya looks awesome. great one for RCI

Rajani said...

Hi Sreelu,
Very nice description about Andhra.
Nice photos too. Perfect brinjal dish.

cheers
rajani

 
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