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Vankaya Pulusu Pachadi (Andhra Sweet and Sour Eggplant Stew)

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This is a classic Andhra dish consisting of roasted eggplant (brinjal) in a sweet and sour stew. The sweetness is from jaggery and the sourness is from tamarind. This pulusu is an excellent accompaniment to patholi, or mudda pappu (plain hard-cooked dal). I also like it just by itself with plain rice and ghee.

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  • Calories:
  • 191 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.6g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
  2. Coat the outside of the eggplant with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool before coarsely mashing; set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet. Fry the dried red chile peppers, cumin seeds, mustard seed, and asafoetida powder in the hot oil until the seeds start to splutter. Add the onions, green chile peppers, and curry leaves; cook and stir until the onions are soft and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the mashed eggplant, water, tamarind paste, jaggery, white sugar, turmeric, ground red pepper, and salt into the mixture; bring to a boil and cook until the mixture begins to thicken, 5 to 10 minutes.
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Reviews

deechik
5
1/17/2012

Delicious, sweet and spicy! I followed this recipe exactly and loved the results. Another reviewer called it a stew but it's actually more of a side relish meant to accompany rice or flat bread.

Deepti
2
10/14/2012

Excellent. Starts off sweet,then the spicy and tangy taste kicks in. Yummy! My kids liked it too