Khandeshi Vange (Quick Spiced Aubergines)
The simplest food on the plate. This super quick “Khandeshi Vange” is mix of very simple flavors with minimal spices and can be an apt companion for your rotis or rice.
Khandesh is north western part of Maharashtra known for its simple ,spicy and delectable cuisine .I have few of my friends from this region and got to visit this part of Maharashtra couple of times. I had been there once for attending a conference and stayed there for almost a week. Organizers had offered a care taker who hailed from rural khandesh and during our stay she introduced us to almost all khandeshi dishes. I still remember the taste of dal batti ( a khandeshi dish which is very similar to Rajasthani Dal bati),she cooked for us.I have never tasted that soft and layered rotis she used to make.Though rotis(Indian flatbread) are staple to we Indians, taste still varies based on quality Of wheat flour and the making. That is why whenever I visit a new place, I always make sure to be keen towards making of staples. I believe every region has its staple food which is easy to make and healthy.
Coming to today’s recipe Khandeshi vange is a quick stir fried Aubergines with very minimal spices and later mashed to have a paste like curry which looks very similar to Bharta but the taste is really unique.
Though I omitted to make it like bharta, I just smashed spiced brinjals to make roughly mushy.Aburgines are such a versatile vegetable to get blended with anything or with almost nothing. This simple Khandeshi vange has been iterated so many times in my dinners owing to its simple and quick making. Do try it once and come back to me with reviews.
- Brinjals/Aburgines 4-5 medium cut in cubes
- Ginger garlic paste ½ tbsp
- Green chilies 2-3 chopped
- Cumin powder ½ tsp
- Coriander powder ½ tsp
- Turmeric powder ½ tsp
- Salt as per taste
- Oil 2 tbsp
- Heat oil in pan; add ginger garlic paste and sauté till raw smell goes away.
- Add green chilies and cumin and coriander powder, and turmeric powder, give a stir.
- Now add brinjal cubes and salt, mix well and cook for 5 mins sprinkling some water over them.
- Once brinjals turns tender mash them with ladle.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rotis.