This brinjal curry recipe was generously shared by my podcast guest Pradeep Javedar, who lives in Mangalore, India. He chose this recipe for a simple yet significant reason. It's his favorite! As he shares in the episode, his mother makes it for him every time he visits. Also, she's alerted Pradeep's family that it's his favorite. This way, he gets to enjoy brinjal curry every time he visits family!
I was initially intimidated by this recipe. In particular, I was intimidated by the large number of ingredients and their unrecognizable names. However, after a little googling I realized that I knew most of these, just not by their Indian names. And once I took a quick trip to the large Indian market near my home, I was thrilled! Not only did I get to play with these colorful, aromatic spices in my kitchen and in front of my camera, now I'm so much better equipped to follow the recipes in an Indian cookbook that's been gathering dust on my shelf.
As for the dish itself - it's as spectacularly complex and flavorful as we've grown to expect from Indian dishes. Pradeep says most of his family and friends leave out the jaggery, so I left it out also. I did, however, go out on a limb and use the full number of chiles called for in the recipe. I'm glad I did! The spice made the flavors of the dish more layered, but it was by no means the overriding flavor. So I'd say go for it! Or don't - it's up to you 😉
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