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October 02, 2015

Muvva Vankaya Kura (Baby Eggplant Curry)

I'm always looking for new eggplant recipes and when I find a new recipe, I try to make as soon as I can :-) This muvva vankaya (muvva=pearl vankaya=eggplant) curry recipe is from a Telugu cooking show that I duly noted down in my recipe diary. Valli already made the same dish few months back.
Gutti Vankaya Kura
We rarely get really small baby eggplants here, so it took me a while to get to this recipe. But luckily my mom found some beautiful baby eggplants at the Indian grocery a month back and I made this curry right away (so it has been sitting in the drafts for  while :-)).

Gutti Vankaya Kura
There is no stuffing or grinding involved in this dish and is quite easy to make. It is basically eggplants cooked in spicy onion-tomato gravy. It tastes good with rice and roti.

Ingredients: Serves 4
Baby Eggplants - 10~12
Onion -1 large, finely chopped
Tomatoes - 2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger+garlic paste - 1tsp
Green Chilies - 2, slit
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp 
Turmeric - ¼tsp 
Red Chili powder - ½~1tsp (adjust as per taste)
Cilantro - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Salt - to taste

  • Trim the stems and make a '+' cut on the base. Soak them in salted water.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil, add the chopped onions, green chilies, ginger+garlic paste and cook till the onions are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the eggplants, cover and cook till they are tender.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, red chili powder and salt. Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy. Add water if the curry looks too dry.
  • Serve with rice or roti.
Gutti Vankaya Kura

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeOctober -- Week 1'.



  1. Oh your obsession Pavani!!!! Looks great. Tiny eggplants are a real charm. :)

  2. Not stuffed, but still has all the flavors & texture. Looks fantastic, Pavani!

  3. These eggplants seeped in so much flavour is a treat to looks at....can imagine how awesome it would taste!


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