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Barli Vaangi

his is a popular style of cooking brinjals or baby brinjals stuffed with coconut, onion, jaggery, Marathi goda masala. Brinjal has never been anybody’s favourite vegetable per se. But this Maharashtra food dish has the capability to kick in life into this otherwise boring vegetable. This combination of ingredients does wonders to the brinjal.


  • 500 g Brinjal
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts (Roasted)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Coconut (Grated)
  • 1 tsp Jaggery (Crushed)
  • 2 tbsp Goda Masala
  • 2 tsp Tamarind Paste
  • 2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 inch Ginger (Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (Chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (Chopped)
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Hing
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder


  • Wash the brinjal and slit them into 4 keeping the end intact.
  • Soak them in water and keep aside.
  • Add peanuts, coconut, jaggery, good masala, tamarind paste, red chilli powder, green chillies, ginger and onion in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Use very little water to make the paste.
  • Add salt, fresh coriander in the masala paste and mix well.
  • Stuff this mixture in the brinjals.
  • Keep the remaining mixture aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the stuffed brinjal and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Mix the remaining masala with 1 cup water and add it in the pan.
  • Cover and cook on low heat until brinjal are cooked.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Serve hot.
Bharli Vangi, Maharashtra Food