Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Brinjal Raita / Eggplant Raita


Brinjal raita, is a salad like side-dish of India which can also be called as brinjals or eggplants in seasoned curd. This is a very tasty and easy raita that serves as the best side-dish for Biryani. It can be made in minutes, not spicy; also brinjal blends well with the curd and tastes so good. My Mom used to make this brinjal raita, and mutton masala for biryani and it was and is the best platter I enjoy, am a big fan of her biryani combos and I drool when she just announces the day's special menu. Have been learning a lot from her apart from cooking and she is my best best friend in this world next to my hubby and I really want to dedicate this raita specially for her. 

Coming back to the recipe, this brinjal is so simple to make, yum and worth trying. Try it when you make biryani and get everyone's praise. 

My Mom's best yummy biryani platter or combos



Raita - Brinjal raita (or) Onion raita 



INGREDIENTS

Serves 3 People
Total Preparation Time - 10 minutes 
  1. Brinjal / Eggplant - 1 (I used the big purple one it weighed nearly 220 grams, you can use the smaller white or purple brinjals)
  2. Thick Curd / Unflavored Yogurt - 1 cup (250 grams) 
  3. Dry red chillies - 2 
  4. Asafoetida / Hing - 3 pinches 
  5. Skinned black gram / Urad dal - 1/2 spoon 
  6. Mustard seeds - 1/4 spoon 
  7. Salt - As per taste
  8. Oil - 5 spoons 


PREPARATION METHOD

  • Beat curd well until smooth and set aside. 
  • Wash brinjal / eggplant well in water and chop into cubes and place it in a bowl of water to avoid browning and set aside.
  • Place a pan on flame and pour oil into it. After it heats up add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add Skinned black gram (urad dal / ulutham paruppu) and saute until the black gram turns slightly brownish. 
  • Now add dry red chillies, asafoetida and saute for a few seconds on low flame. 
  • Then add the chopped brinjal, salt and saute well on low flame until it gets cooked well, it may take 3 to 5 minutes.  
  • Then add the curd and mix well. Check for salt add if needed and remove from flame immediately. 
  • Serve!!

TIP 1: You can add more curd or reduce according to your taste but more curd will taste great. I like it with less curd so I have added just half a cup of curd.

TIP 2: After adding curd remove from flame after a few seconds. Do not cook after adding curd just give a stir or two and remove from flame. 


Delicious Brinjal Raita is now ready!! Serves best with Biryanis!! 


Linking this recipe to Viji's Feast for your guru event 
and 
also to ezcook book and Chef Mirelle's event Taste of the tropics - Authentic Indian Platter event.




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38 comments:

  1. ooh baingan raita
    i have never had it

    i thought u blend curd then add brinjal to it

    looks great side dish

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  2. lovely and perfect side dish for briyani, will try this sometime :)

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  3. Lovely click...Raita looks delicious.

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  4. Never tried this will try . looks delicious

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  5. Wonderful twist to usual raita, sounds interesting..Will make some soon.

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  6. never tried this.. very interesting..

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  7. delicious...sure u can link in old posts too

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  8. Never tried this. looks nice :)

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  9. never tried this raita,looks very tasty!!

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  10. wow... unique one... never heard raitha with brinjal...
    but i never had curd at any form... ha ha ha... love yours n mom bonding... always moms are best for us....
    n thanks for linking to my event Divy...
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  11. Raitha with eggplant is new to me.. But looks so yummy and refreshing!!

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  12. Tempting and delicious.. Love the clicks.

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  13. Look so yummy!!! first time hearing about a raitha with egg plant :) Neela.
    http://kitchenista-welcometomykitchen.blogspot.com
    ( Separate eggs with a plastic bottle )

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  14. wow..delicious raitha,healthy too..I haven't tried this yet,Thanx for sharing Divya:)
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  15. never tried this raita Divya! looks great with the biryani

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  16. This is so different! Never heard raita with brinjal! Will try some soon.
    Beautiful purple clicks!!

    http://anshu-mymomsrecipes.blogspot.in/

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  17. Wow! I have never ever had baingan raita. I MUST make this!!!

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  18. Wow!!! Baby boss.. Its new to me. Will try this!!!! Its tempting me!!!!

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  19. Wonderful combination of Eggplant and curd. Never tried out this kind of raita.
    Deepa

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  20. i haven't tried this....I'll try definitely...

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  21. New raitha. Love the background too.

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  22. thanks for linking it to the event Divya...this is really a nice combination to try with any of the biryani u mentioned and lovely clicks too...

    Ezcookbook

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  23. I made this raita before, but you add little twist in it Divya. Loved your version, surely try it dear. Very flavourful raita.....

    Today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quick-chicken-curry.html

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  25. Wow who will say no to this raita,luks yum...

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  26. I also make baigan raita ,loved your version.. different and delicious!

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  27. SUPERB BRINJAL RAITHA..!

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  28. never heard about this before..great side dish..love your clicks..

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  29. It must have tasted too good...

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