Archive for October 26th, 2012

Updated: ಬದನೇಕಾಯಿ ಎಣ್ಣೆಗಾಯಿ – Healthy Stuffed Brinjal

We all know how much oil is in ಬದನೇಕಾಯಿ ಎಣ್ಣೆಗಾಯಿ – Stuffed Brinjal. So, last time I prepared this I had a nice trick which I used to make it more healthy. I filled all the Brinjal with the masala, put it in a microwave safe bowl. Kept the stuffed brinjal in the Microwave for 4.5 minutes until the brinjals were soft.

Once the Brinjals are soft, follow steps 4-5 with just a spoonful of oil. This can be served with Chapathi or Jolada/Jowar Roti.

I prepared Jowar Roti for this version.

It has been years since I prepared stuffed brinjal. I used to make this quite often while in India and also in Dubai. However, with life being so hectic last couple of months, all the traveling, and most of all, college admissions procedure for my Daughter, there was absolutely no free time at all.

My Daughter Sneha who is a senior in High School right now, has  decided to join University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She had applied for many colleges, and got selected at 4 of them, and after visiting all of them decided Chapel Hill was the place where she wanted to pursue her undergraduate studies. She will be moving during end of August 2010. We are very happy for her, and at the same time also sad that our one and only daughter is going to fly away from our nest. However, we didn’t want our love to stop her from pursuing her dreams, and so wholeheartedly agreed for her to move to a different city, almost 400 miles from our home.

Anyway, we had these small round brinjals lying in the refrigerator.  I usually make Brinjal with capsicum and potatoes so that my daughter also gets to eat. She doesn’t like brinjal at all. However, this time I decided I had to make stuffed brinjal since it is my favorite. How many times do we get to prepare our favorite dish, right?

Sneha liked it a lot, not the brinjal but the masala and asked me if I could prepare this with any other vegetable. I am guessing Capsicum could be used, will try next time and post the same.

Lets get started with the ingredients:

For the Stuffing:

  1. Peanuts – 1/4 cup
  2. White Sesame seeds – 4 tsp
  3. Coriander seeds – 2tsp
  4. 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  5. 1 clove
  6. 1 tsp jeera
  7. 5 tsp fresh coconut
  8. 1 big tsp tamarind pulp
  9. 1 big tsp tomato paste
  10. 2 tsp red chilli powder
  11. 4 tsp Jaggery

Other Ingredients:

  1. 12 small eggplants
  2. 5 tsp oil (yes, requires more oil)
  3. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  4. pinch of hing
  5. 1/2 tsp jeera


  1. Fry all the dry ingredients listed in the masala from 1-6.
  2. Once it is cooled, grind this with the remaining ingredients from 7- 11. Make sure the masala is like a thick paste.
  3. Slit the brinjal lengthwise, so that they are still intact and stuff the masala.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, jeera and hing.
  5. Once they start spluttering all over your stove (Just kidding) add all the stuffed brinjals.
  6. Also add all the remaining masala. Add salt to taste at this point.
  7. If it looks very thick, add spoonful of water and cover and cook until the brinjals are soft and tender.
  8. You can add finely chopped cilantro at this point. I didn’t.
  9. Serve with Chapathi.

P.S: This recipe as you might have noticed has no onion or garlic. The recipe for Maavinahannu Seekarane ( Mango Rasayana or Dessert if I may say so) is posted here:

Third route to Mantralaya – By B.S.Ramesh

This is the third route to Mantralaya. Take the Bangalore-Doddaballapur route and if possible visit Ghati Subramanya, which houses the deity of Karthikeye and Narasimha.  Take off from there on the Makli Ghat section and proceed towards Hindupur.

Take the Hindupur- Ananthapur- Pattikonda,-Adoni route to Mantralaya or the deviation from Hindupur towards Guntakal and from there to Alur, Adoni and finally reach Mantralaya.

Just before the Andhra Pradesh border, is a village called Vidurasthwatha, where there is an ashwata tree planted by Vidura, during the Mahabharata era.

Located six kms from Gauribidanour town, this ancient hamlet is in Gauribidanur taluk, it is near the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Historians call this place the Jallianawalla Bagh of South India. This is so as the British fired upon and killed ten people when they had gathered here on April 25, 1938 to observe Satyagraha. There is a small memorial recalling this incident.

The ashwatha tree is not the only old thing in the area. The naga devasthana is supposed to be as old as the tree. There is a temple of Raghavendra swamy here for anyone who wants to pray, stay or have theertha prasada.

Thirty kilometers from this place and just a few kms after Hindupur (continue on N H 7 and pass through Kodikonda checkpost), visit the Lepakshi temple built by a minister of the Vijayanagar kingdom.

The temple has shrines dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Veerabhadra. There is also a huge statue of Nandi. The stories about the construction of the magnificent temple and the architects who built it is fascinating.

The temple is ascribed to Vishwakarma Brahmoins who sculpted the structure. Legend has it that Amarshilpi Jakanacharya was one of those involved in the architecture of the structure.

Visit Gunkatal where there is the famous temple dedicated to Anjenaya.  Called the Nettikanti Anjaneya Temple, it is located in Kasapuram. Gunkatal has the second largest cotton mill in Asia.

There is an interesting anecdote behind the consecration of the hanuman Temple. Vyasaraja Theertha was visiting Chippargi where Vijaya Dasaru was living.  Hanuman appeared in his dream, and asked him to approach a dried up neem tree in Nettikanti village.  He said his idol was buried near the tree. Another place worth visiting near Guntakal is Chippargi.

Chipppargi is seven kms from Guntakal and it is approachable by buses, taxis and autos. There is the Brindavana of Vijaya Dasaru here. Proceed from here to Mantralaya

Continue onwards and go to Alur where you can see the beautiful temple of Ranganatha. Look up the Alur Konda waterfalls and the Belum caves, which is the second longest cave network in India (The first is located in Mizoram It is called Krem Um Lawan and is 21 kms long).

Belum is also approachable from Tadripathi or Ananthapur. It is 3.5 kms in length but only 2 kms is open for the public.

Alur is 52 kms from Mantralaya.

Tadipatri has a lot of palm trees. Hence, its name. There are two fampous temples here- Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy and the Bugga Rama Lingeswara Swamy.  Lenend has it that these temples were built by two brothers in a day’s time.  The Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy temple is located in the centre of the town and locals say that there is tunnle from this temple to Gooty fort. The entrance to the tunnel is blocked by a stone installed by the Archeological Survey of India.

Sri Bugga Rama Lingeswara Swamy temple is to the north of the town and water comes out from the pedestal of the Shiva Linga. This temple is supposed to have an underground route to Tirupathi.

(Bangalore to Tadipatri on the direct route through Anantapuris 270 kms.)



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