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Baby Brinjals and Potatoes

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Brinjals and Red Potatoes ~ Babies Dressed up in Kobbari Kaaram

Last weekend, I purchased these baby brinjals and tiny red potatoes at an Asian grocery shop. Tender and cute, they are about one to one and half inches in size, like small night bulbs. I pressure-cooked the potatoes but for brinjals, following my mother’s philosophy of “less we do, the more the brinjal’s delicate flavor comes through”, I just made two small slits in plus shape and steam-sautéed them. Within ten minutes, the lavender colored brinjals turned to beige and fork-tender. Once the brinjals were done, I just added the potatoes and the kobbari kaaram podi. That’s it, a nice side dish was ready for our meal today.


Small Night-bulb Sized Baby Brinjals and Baby Red Potatoes

Recipe:

Peanut oil - 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves 6, cumin and mustard seeds - Pinch each
Onion, thinly sliced lengthwise - half cup
Baby brinjals (1-2 inches long) - 10, cut in plus shape
Baby red potatoes - 10, pressure-cook or boil to fork-tender
Kobbari kaaram podi - 4 tablespoons
Turmeric and salt - ½ teaspoon each or to taste

In a wide skillet, heat peanut oil. Add and toast curry leaves, cumin and mustard seeds. Add onion and fry to soft.

Add the brinjals. Sprinkle about two tablespoons of water. Cover the skillet and steam-saute the brinjals to tender, stirring in-between. The young brinjals turn to fork-tender quickly, in about 10-15 minutes.

Add baby potatoes. Sprinkle kobbari kaaram podi, turmeric and salt. Gently mix and cook another 5-10 minutes on low heat. Serve hot. It’s a good side dish to have with rice and sambar or pappu chaaru.


Brinjal-Potato Saute with Kobbari Kaaram and Tomato Pappucharu mixed with Rice ~ Brunch today

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Potato, Amma & Authentic Andhra, Vankaya (Brinjal), Baby Potatoes (Monday August 20, 2007 at 11:38 am- permalink)
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