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Eat more Eggplant
Last Updated : Jan 16,2017
Fresh, ripe, glossy, deeply purple brinjals are a very tempting sight, but not many Indians seem to favour the vegetable, also known as eggplant, baingan and vaangi among other names. Across the world, especially in Mediterranean countries, where the vegetable is known as ‘aubergine’, brinjals are hugely popular and find use in a variety of preparations. In India brinjals are available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes, each of which has a special use
Easily available through the year, brinjals are a storehouse of nutrients such as potassium, and are known to lower blood cholesterol levels. The high potassium and low sodium content helps to control blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart attack. Being low in carbohydrate and high in fiber it aids to keep a check at blood sugar levels and a great addition to weight watchers diet too. The High Fiber content also helps to keep the digestive tract healthy. This antioxidant flavonoid rich vegetables is also a ladder to prevent Cancer.
This versatile brinjals can be used in a range of innovative recipes. They can be cooked, baked, fried or roasted. Avoid the deep-frying method as it tends to soak in too much oil. If treated well, brinjals can tempt even those who aren’t ordinarily fans of the vegetable. Try these recipes cooked the healthy way to begin with...you may discover you actually love the vegetable!
Best Veg Eggplant Recipes Indian
Bharwan Baingan always means a dose of excitement for your taste buds, whether it is made the Punjabi way with a rich coconut-based masala, or in a healthy way with less oil!
Here is a super tasty version of Bharwan Baingan, in which the brinjals are stuffed with a sweet, tangy and spicy besan mixture before pressure-cooking. The pressure-cooking methods enable you to get the same traditional taste without using oodles of oil!
You will enjoy the multi-faceted flavour of this dish, which tastes awesome with hot rotis
Succulent eggplant slices coated with a semi-spicy, herbed tomato sauce is cooked together for just a minute for the flavours to sink in. You will love the perfect texture of the eggplant slices and the balanced flavour of the tomato sauce, all of which make this quick and easy recipe a delight to behold and dig into! serve the eggplant in tomato sauce immediately, so it does not become soggy.
Another dish with a combination of stuffed vegetables and khichdi, which are mixed together and pressure cooked till done. You can use vegetables of your choice or whatever is available at home. Not only is this dish colourful and palatable, the horde of ingredients makes it nutritious too. Masoor dal enhances the iron content of this dish whereas rice and potatoes contribute to its zinc content.
Tease and appease your taste buds with this Chinese black bean sauce. Brinjal, bok choy and black bean together make this a very traditional Chinese
combination. Use your own combination of vegetables if you are not a brinjal lover.
Sautéed Brinjal with Mushroom Sauce is an exotic treat, which deserves to be a meal in its own right.
The brinjals, sautéed and seasoned with a dash of spices, goes very well with the creamy mushroom sauce and the tangy tomato sauce.
Together, the three components give you a very balanced taste and a pleasant interplay of tang and creaminess. The freshly-made tomato sauce also gives the dish a very vibrant flavour, with the unmistakeable role of herbs.
Assemble each serving separately as described in this recipe and not all together. Only then, each portion will have a proper balance of brinjal and sauces.
You can also try other interesting dishes like Mushroom Snack
and Mushroom Balls
Stuffed Bulgur and Brinjal Bake is a really off-beat and totally exotic dish that is sure to be enjoyed by everybody! Bulgur wheat is cooked with delicious veggies, tangy tomato sauce, aromatic herbs and spices, and stuffed into large brinjals.
This mouth-watering arrangement is then baked with a topping of grated cheese, to make a totally outta-this-world dish, which will excite your taste buds and ensure that you remember it for a long time!
Served with Cheese and Herb Potato Fries
and a bowl of hot soup
makes for a satisfying meal.
The Middle Eastern name for this dip is Baba Ganoush which is eaten with warm pita bread as an appetiser or a snack. While may not sound very appetising to have a brinjal dip…, trust me you will not even realize that you are eating brinjal. Brinjals are a rich source of iron which is an important component of our blood.
Today a variety of readymade dips are available in the market. But it is wiser to make one at home since it will be free of preservatives as well as more nutritious. You can even use it as a sandwich spread as it is healthier as compared to a calorie laden cheese or mayonnaise based sandwich.
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