Vegetable Brinji


Vegetable Bringi
Vegetable Bringi

Vegetable Brinji is a delicious vegetarian dish made from a mixture of spices, coconut milk, rice and vegetables. The recipe comes from Tamil Nadu. This one-pot rice recipe is called Brinji Rice because it uses Tej Patta, which is called Brinji-Eli in Tamil. Another version is that this dish has roots in Persian cuisine. In Persia, rice is called 'berenj'.


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


How to cook?

  • First rinse 1.5 cups of basmati rice in water till it clears of starch. Soak rice for 30 minutes.

  • After 30 minutes drain the water and keep it aside.

For paste:

  • In a small grinder add coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic and grated coconut.

  • Add cinnamon, cloves, green cardamoms, fennel seeds.

  • Add 4-5 tbsp. water and grind it to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Let's make Brinji rice:

  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. I used ghee instead of oil.

  • Add tej pata, cinnmon, cloves and cardamom. Fry the spices till they get aromatic.

  • Add onion and stir it well till it turns light brown.

  • Add tomatoes and mix it well on a medium flame.

  • Add the masala paste and mix it well till you see oil been released from sides of paste.

  • Add vegetables and mix it well for a minute.

  • Then add rice and gently mix it well with the veggies.

  • Add coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water. If you are using thick coconut milk then add 3/4 cup of water.

  • Add salt as required and stir it. Check the taste of water and adjust salt accordingly.

  • Pressure cook it on a medium flame for about 1-2 whistle. When pressure drops down, open the lid of the cooker. Gently mix the rice.

  • Serve it with raita.

 

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