Stuffed Aubergines – Simple Vegan Home Food

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One fine Monday, I decided to go Vegan. I have been cooking and posting so many non-veg dishes of late that I had to remind myself and my folks back home that we belonged to an omnivorous family. Please note that I didn’t say ‘turn’ vegan,Β IΒ just said ‘go’ vegan…that should be for about a week maybe…..ok..ok…atleast a couple of days. Then I will be back with the usual hunting,fishing,cooking and posting.

But for now I had to cook something vegan. And what better than my mom’s simple stuffed aubergines.I had to call her for the original recipe. Aubergines are usually cooked with a lot of oil,but this recipe is different. It takes very less oil and simple stuffing but tastes delicious. You can eat it with flat breads or steamed rice.The spiced onions which are used as stuffing become beautifully caramelized. No one missed meat on the table.

Day 1: Mission accomplished

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Stuffed Aubergines

Ingredients:

  • 250 g small round purple aubergines
  • 250 g finely chopped onions
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder (more or less)
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 or 3 curry leaves chopped(optional)
  • 1 green chilli chopped(optional)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. oil

Method: Add salt, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste to the onions and mix well. Now press with the back of a big spoon so that the onions become a little soft. Now add mustard seeds, chopped cilantro and oil. Your stuffing is ready.

Make vertical cross slits on the aubergine half way, taking care to keep it still on the stalk. Stuff each one with the onion stuffing and place in a deep bottomed pan/wok with a lid Add any leftover stuffing to the pan and a glass of water. Water should just cover the aubergines.

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Cover the pan and cook on low heat till water is absorbed and the aubergines are soft but still on the stalk and the onions appear caramelized.

Serve hot with rice or breads.

Taking my veggies to Angie’s Fiesta FridayΒ 

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73 Comments Add yours

  1. Alok Singhal says:

    Hahaha…you know, Vegan food is not bad πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Not at all. It was rather interesting. I think we need to keep doing this exercise often πŸ˜€

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  2. My niece is a vegan. How lovely to have some of your fab recipes xxxxxx

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Shehanne ☺ I am sure she will enjoy this simple and tasty recipe.

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      1. You’re an angel with these recipes x

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      2. skd says:

        Thank you Shey πŸ™‚ This one goes to my mom though πŸ™‚

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  3. srividhya says:

    How was the vegan food? My favorite veggie is aubergines or as we say brinjals. Great recipe.

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    1. skd says:

      We enjoyed being completely vegan. It was a nice change. Next time I will need to hop onto your blog Vidhya for some interesting recipes.

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  4. mouth is watering – this looks so full of flavour, and I love curry leaves.

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  5. Shannon says:

    Okay. I am seriously salivating. I think I know what I will be making from my yard eggplants for lunch.

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  6. batelm2014 says:

    This is a a great recipe I will have to share it with my friend who loves eggplants! http://www.beteavon2015.wordpress.com

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  7. I sure wouldn’t mind being vegan (for a day) if this recipe was sitting on my table!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Julie. I know this dish from childhood. It is indeed delicious πŸ™‚

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  8. Nandini says:

    These look really good πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Nandini πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I love aubergines. Well, I have loved them since a couple of years ago, before that I hated them. It’s funny how tastes change. I wouldn’t mind being vegan if this was in front of me! Is there a reason why you’re trying vegan food at the moment?

    This post would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge this month, a monthly link up for new food adventures, especially posts using new ingredients and or new diets. More info here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. We do eat vegetarian oftyen but not vegan. We have had a spate of parties and get togethers where meat is an intrinsic part on the menu. Sort of wanted to eat light and detoxify ourselves. So I thought of cooking vegan for a couple of days atleast πŸ™‚

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  10. I love eggplant and your recipe sounds so tasty, really delicious, I am not vegan or vegetarian but would gladly eat this any day of the week.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Suzanne!! We have relished this recipe from our school days. Easy and yummy way to cook eggplants πŸ™‚

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  11. Looks great. There are indeed wonderful foods for going vegan.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you. My daughter keeps asking me to experiment with vegan dishes. I think I should really do that now. It was a nice experience πŸ™‚

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  12. My favorite veggie, love so much this recipe. The texture is amazing an the color too, Ana. Have a nice day! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Linda. It is easily made with very few ingredients. And ofcourse your Mchermla Batendjel is one awesome way to cook this versatile veggie..truly delicious πŸ™‚

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  13. Looks delicious ! One of my favorite ways to eat baingan πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Freda! Simple ingredients and a yummy dish… a simpler version of Bharwa baingan πŸ™‚

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  14. I am not vegan or vegetarian but try to eat that way a few times a week. This looks like a perfect way to do it πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Judi. It is indeed a healthy practice. Need to eat light and kind of detoxify at least once a week.

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  15. Mary Frances says:

    These look great! Very filling and delicious alternative to meat.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Mary πŸ™‚ We really didn’t miss meat on the table. And it works so well with breads or rice.

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  16. Sandhya says:

    Ana, I love stuffed eggplant and this recipe looks so good! I am drooling:)

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Sandhya. Simple mother’s cooking from childhood which I suddenly remembered.

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      1. Sandhya says:

        Ana, that is the best right? I lost my mother many years ago. She was a fabulous cook and I still remember her amazingly flavorful food. Some foods just take us back to our childhood.

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  17. Ana, aubergine/ eggplant is my favourite. You way to stuff the aubergine, definitely, I will make it for my family later. Thanks for all the details. Also, I wish you can have more vegetarian or vegan dish, it is good for your health anyway! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. Actually this recipe comes from the times when cooking was done with simple and natural ingredients. No fuss…No ado..
      We do have vegetarian food but usually have a non veg sidey. or non veg on the next meal. But this time we thought of going completely vegan for atleast a couple of days.

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    1. skd says:

      Thankkkkyouu πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Elaine. Simple food without much ado.

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  18. Looks like eggplant to me – ha ha. Surprising how flavorful vegan dishes can be.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚ It is eggplant. We call it aubergines or brinjals. My mom would make this for us when we were small.

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      1. Yes. My Indian friends call them brinjals and always look at me in a funny way when I call them eggplants. I wonder how they got that name.

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      2. skd says:

        I read somewhere that eggpants were originally white in color. Even after the farmers developed the blue variety the name stuck. I don’t know how far this is true though ☺

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  19. Lina says:

    Yummm..these look so delicious…I’m gonna try it sometime ☺☺

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    1. skd says:

      Please do Lina. Easy and delicious recipe ☺Thank you for liking it πŸ‘

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  20. Yum alright! Vegan or vegetarian, I love eggplant and this recipe is a keeper!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Fae. This on is quite an old recipe. One from my childhood. Few ingredients one pot delicious dish.

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  21. Arl's World says:

    I have not had this, but it looks very delicious! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      It is simply delicious Arl ☺ Thank you

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  22. Loretta says:

    What a lovely stuffed brinjal recipe Ana. Love it, I could eat this way anytime πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Loretta ☺ Nice to see you around πŸ’•

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      1. Loretta says:

        Thanks I was away for a couple of weeks visiting my Mum and family in the UK.

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      2. skd says:

        Wow! That must have been very enjoyable and relaxing. Glad to have you back ☺

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  23. Food For The Soul says:

    Love this recipe…simple and looks delicious!

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  24. Mary Frances says:

    I love aubergines and this is a great and easy recipe! I’m going to make this for myself tonight πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Looks yummy!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Mary☺I hope you all like itπŸ‘

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  25. petra08 says:

    I find cookign vegan food a little bit of a challenge, most likely as I am an avid cheese lover but you make it look so easy! The filling looks great and te aubergines just lovely! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Petra. I am a cheese lover too and have to really try hard to keep my hands off.

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  26. Oooh… A different way to have eggplant. Hugs!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear πŸ’•

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  27. Lovely and flavoursome. πŸ™‚

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  28. Lovely idea! I’ll have to put this on the list. I love eggplant and how they are hearty and healthy enough to satisfy.

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  29. Suchitra says:

    A very simple and easy way to make stuffed eggplants! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Suchitra. Easy and delicious πŸ‘β˜Ί

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  30. milkandbun says:

    I do like aubergines too, never tried to add curry leaves (I’ve seen they are sold in a store here, but usually it’s a pretty big bag and I don’t need that much), sounds very delicious! πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. It is ok if you don’t add curry leaves to this dish. It doesn’t change the taste but only adds to the aroma ☺

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  31. Your right most aubergine recipes require lots of oil, I like that your recipe is healthier. Stuffed aubergines is one of my favourite comfort foods πŸ™‚

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺

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  32. Yum! I love this and I just cooked some eggplant.

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    1. skd says:

      Wow! The spread with roasted peppers? ? Looked very delicious.

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  33. Sophie33 says:

    Waw, what a fab recipe this is & so inviting too. I will make this next Summer when I have home-grown aubergines! they are the best! Yummm!

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    1. skd says:

      My mum would make this regularly for us when me and my brother were kids. She always thought it was a simple dish until she saw how everyone liked it. Thank you dear Sophie. I will convey your kind comments to my mom.

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