Safed Achari Baingan Recipe – White Aubergine in pickled spices

The Safed Achari Baingan Recipe is a delicious recipe that is made with the lighter whitish-green version if the eggplant/ brinjal. It’s a thin and slender eggplant that when cooked along with achar (pickle) spices tastes absolutely delicious.   Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant), Onion, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric powder (Haldi), Coriander Powder (Dhania), Red Chilli powder, Amchur (Dry Mango Powder), Tomato, Salt, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, Red Chilli powder, Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Cumin seeds (Jeera), Fennel seeds (Saunf), Kalonji (Onion Nigella Seeds), Ajwain (Carom seeds), Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds), Dry Red Chillies, Oil   500 grams Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) 1 Onion , finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 inch Ginger , grated 2 cloves Garlic , grated 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder (Dhania) 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon Amchur (Dry Mango Powder) 1 Tomato , chopped Salt , to taste 1 Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped Ingredients for the Achari Masala 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) 1 teaspoon Kalonji (Onion Nigella Seeds) 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds) 1/4 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds) 4-5 Dry Red Chillies Oil , for cooking     20   40     To begin making the Achari Baingan Recipe, we will first make the achari masala.To prepare marinade for Achari masala, in a pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seed, carom seeds, fenugreek seeds and dry red chilies. Dry roast the spices and chilies over medium heat till fragrant and slightly browned. Turn off the heat. Transfer spices to the jar of mixer and grind into a coarse powder. Keep the achari powder aside.Wash and clean baingan and keep aside.Heat oil in a wok and add mustard and cumin seeds in it and wait till they crackle.Add chopped onions and saute till raw smell goes off. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry well till golden.Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and the achari masala along with chopped tomatoesSaute until the tomatoes soften. Meanwhile slit the baingan from the middle into two but keep the joint intact. This is done so that the masala gets inside the aubergine nicely while cooking.Add the baingan in the fried masala and mix well such that everything incorporates well.Add little amchur if required and stir well. Add little water just to make sure the masala doesn’t stick to the bottom of the heavy bottomed pan.Add salt as per your taste and slow cook the baingan in low flame with lid closed.Once the baingan softens, turn off the heat and garnish with freshly chopped coriander and stir.Serve the Safed Achari Baingan Recipe along with hot Phulkas smeared with ghee or along with hot steamed rice as a one dish dinner or a quick weeknight dinner.