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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ringan Methi nu Shaak / Gujarati Style Eggplant & Fenugreek Greens Curry

I had come across recently a Gujarati style curry prepared using eggplants and greens and I was itching to try it ever since. The unusual combination had caught my attention and I was intrigued to find out how complimenting the vegetables and flavors were in the dish. I did try it over the weekend for our lunch, which ended up being a Gujarati meal without prior planning. 

I come from a region where eggplants are cherished in cooking but honestly speaking, I am not a fan of them though my husband is the opposite and loves any eggplant based dish. I try only those eggplant dishes which sound good to my senses and this curry was one of them. The methi used in the recipe may have played a part in it since I love the strong flavored greens. Spinach may be substituted in place of fenugreek greens for a different flavored curry. The dish doesn't take longer to cook as eggplants cook faster and is flavorful. My daughter and I enjoyed the simple and tasty curry and the below measurements are for one serving.

3 small eggplants (1 cup eggplant slices)
1 cup methi leaves / fenugreek greens
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida powder
2 pinches turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp. cumin - coriander powder
Red chili powder to taste

* Wash and chop the stalks of the eggplants. Chop the eggplants into two lengthwise and chop each half crosswise into thin slices. Wash and roughly chop the methi leaves.
* Heat oil in a small pan and add cumin seeds.When cumin starts to turn a few shades darker, add the eggplant slices, turmeric, asafoetida and salt to the pan. Mix well and sprinkle a little water.
* Cover and cook on low flame until the eggplants are about 50% done. Next add the methi leaves, mix with a spatula and continue to cook covered until the eggplants turn tender. Don't let the eggplants turn mushy.
* Finally add cumin - coriander powder and chili powder to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes more. Turn off the stove and serve it warm with rice / rotis.
This goes to Blogging marathon #70, under the theme 'Cooking for One'. Check here to find out what the other marathoners are cooking as part of the BM.



rajani said...

It is a unique combination of veggies. Looks quite easy to prepare as well

Ritu Tangri said...

This combo has intrigued me as well. Luckily I have both veggies in my fridge today, so can give it a try without any delay. Let's see how it turns out😊

vaishali sabnani said...

Gujratis use a lot of strange and unique combos..but the dish looks lovely.

Sapana Behl said...

I love the unique combos of Gujju veg curries. It looks so delicious.

Kalyani said...

Easy n delicious :) I have brinjal lovers at home too and shud try this soon

Priya Suresh said...

Wow i can have this ringan methi nu shaak simply with some hot steaming rice and papads, very tempting dish.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Though I am great of eggplants,never tried this combo.This curry sounds inviting and simple.Will give it a try soon.

Gayathri Kumar said...

I love eggplant in any form. This sabzi with methi sounds so yum..

Harini-Jaya R said...

Never heard of this combo, Suma. I rarely cook eggplants owing to allergies. But when the older one asks for it, I usually don gloves and cook for her. Shall check it out if this sounds good to her.

Usha said...

Such a simple yet, flavorful curry. i have methi and some long eggplants. Will try with it.

Pavani N said...

That is such an interesting combination. Will definitely try it out soon.