The special thing abouth this Vankaya Tomato Pulusu is we use the whole brinjal and tomato to make this dish.Adding tamrind juice gives extra flavor.
Purple Brinjals:10 no(small)
Chilli Powder:To taste
Tamrind Juice:1 cup(extracted from half a medium lemon sized tamrind)
Garam Masala:1/2 spn
Turmeric Powder:1/2 spn
Cumin Seeds:1 spn
Chopped Coriander:2 spns
1.Make a X mark on the brinjals without removing the stalk,do the same with the tomatoes too,for this reason I used small sized tomatoes.
2.Heat oil in pan,when hot add cumin seeds,when they splatter add chopped onions and fry till they turn smooth,now add the slit chillies fry for 2 mins,when done add in the X cut brinjals ,salt and stir well so that all the brinjals are coated with oil.Cover with a lid and pour some water on the lid.This helps the brinjals to cook from top too and makes the dish cooked well and fast.
3.When the brinjals are half cooked add in the X cut small tomatoes ,turmeric powder and then cover with a lid and cook for 15 mins on medium flame,mix in a while.
4.Once the tomatoes become smooth add the tamrind juice and continue to cook on medium flame for another 8-10 mins,now add chilli powder and garam masala to taste,check the seasonings,adjust if necessary.
5.Add a pinch of sugar,chopped corainder,mix well and turn off the flame.
Serve it hot with Plain White Rice and even it tastes good with Chapathi/Pulka.
I learnt this recipe from my Aunt and want to dedicate this to her..She is a good cook and make yummy food even without tasting(checking for the seasonings) them she can perfectly make them.She doesnot eat Non-veg but cooks them in different varities.Love her way of cooking too.