Vankaya Ulli Karam Recipe – Eggplant In Spicy Onion Gravy

Vankaya Ulli Karam Recipe (Eggplants In Spicy Onion Gravy) is a delicious version of eggplants that is made in Andhra households. This recipe is traditionally made from small eggplants that are locally available in Andhra and tastes so different from Gutti Vankaya Recipe of Andhra, which is a slightly trickier recipe than this. You can create same recipe with pointed gourd and ivy gourd too, instead of brinjals.  Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant), Onions, Tomato, Garlic, Ginger, Green Chillies, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Coriander (Dhania) Seeds, Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds), Salt, Oil, Coriander (Dhania) Leaves   16 Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) 2 Onions , chopped 1 Tomato , chopped 3 cloves Garlic , finely chopped 1/2 inch Ginger , finely chopped 3 Green Chillies , slit 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds 1/2 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds) Salt , to taste Oil , to cook Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped, to garnish     10   25     To begin making Vankaya Ulli Karam Recipe (Eggplants In Spicy Onion Gravy), first slit them twice diagonally 3/4th long such that you do not disturb their stalk/ crown. Prep the rest of the ingredients as well.In a kadai/heavy bottomed pan, heat the required oil and add cumin seeds.Once the cumin sizzles, add coriander & fenugreek seeds, once they become fragrant, add the garlic & ginger.Fry for a minute and add the chopped onions. Cook until they turn slightly soft & pinkish.Add the tomatoes, chillies and fry for a couple of minutes.Add salt, mix it well & switch off the flame.Once it cools down, grind it into a paste. Now, fill the ground masala into the slit eggplants.Heat oil in the kadai and & add these eggplants to it. Add the remaining masala as well to it.Cover it & cook until the eggplants are soft & mushy. Keep stirring in between, but carefully so that the brinjal does not become mushy.Keep cooking it till the eggplants are cooked, and the mixture comes together and becomes brownish in colour. Make sure you don’t burn them.Once done, add lots of coriander to it and switch off heat.Serve Vankaya Ulli Karam Recipe along with Steamed Rice, and Moong Dal Rasam/Pesara Pappu Charu Recipe and Black Chickpea Salad Recipe for a complete meal.