I like these little baby eggplants grandma used to stuff with chutney and tie with a string.
The Indian word for Eggplant is also Ravaiya, Vengnu, Aubergine or Brinjal.
8-10 small ravaiya (baby eggplant)
1 cup coconut milk, extracted from 1/2 coconut
50 grams tamarind soaked in warm water and pulp strained off
Oil for shallow frying
For the Chutney grind together
1 grated coconut
2 inch piece ginger
6-8 cloves garlic
6-8 dried red chilies
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp dhansak masala powder
Wash the raviaya and make 4 slits, while keeping the stem point intact fill the raviaya with the ground mixture of spices and salt.
Heat oil in a langree (broad based pan) add ravaiya and the left over ground mixture.
Lower heat, and add the coconut milk and tamarind mixture till ravaiya are cooked.
Tip: to keep the stuffing in place please tie the ravaiya with a thin string.
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