Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Brinjal, Brussel Sprouts and Potato Curry

Snow Days - how happy they make DD. DD who generally likes going to school and enjoys learning I hope, is thrilled when they get a snow day. The first signs of a snow flurry she starts wondering if they would have the day off and will her friends have the day off too. As luck would have it there has been a few snow days this month. What is that in the human psyche that yearns for the unexpected deviation from routine? I have to confess the snow days make me happy too, I can have a few more minutes of laziness under the warm blanket - no rush to get DD ready for school, no lunch to pack and wait till the roads are clean for other routines to proceed. The Hindi word "chutti" sums it up pretty aptly, maybe the reason it's also my favourite Hindi word.

On to the recipe, this is one of those dishes that come in handy when you are in a rush and want something quick. Goes well with rice or chappathis. Learned this wonderful dish from mom(ofcourse she did not add the brussel sprouts). Leave the potatoes out if you make this for rice and add a few more cloves of garlic. Pressure Pan/Cooker comes handy.

Brinjal Potato Curry
1. 1 Big Potato chopped to cubes
2. 4 Medium Sized Brinjals chopped fine
3. 4 Brussel Sprouts chopped
4. 2 Medium sized Yellow Onions chopped fine
5. 4-6 garlic cloves chopped
6. 1/2 tbsp sambhar powder / Chilli powder
7. 1 tsp turmeric powder
8. 1 tsp cumin powder
9. 2 tsp corriander powder
10. 1 tbsp of tamarind juice(from a cherry tomato sized tamarind) + 4 tbsp of water
11. seasonings cumin,mustard and curry leaves
12. 1 tsp of oil
13. salt to taste

1. In a pressure pan heat the oil, add the cumin, curry leaves and mustard seeds when the seeds start to pop
2. Add the onions and saute till they start to turn translucent add the chopped garlic and saute for a minute, reduce the heat to just below medium.
3. Add the powders and mix well
4. Add the cut brinjal and brussel sprouts pieces and saute for a few more minutes, add the potatoes saute, add salt, tamarind juice and sprinkle water(not too much water but enough to keep from burning)
5. Close the pressure pan, add the weight and cook for 2 sounds.
6. When it cools mash the brinjals slightly with a back of the spoon.

Curry ready to be served with rice or chappathis.


  1. Hi Indo,
    Brinjal and brussel sprout combination is new to me. U really try out some interesting new dishes. The curry looks good and Iam sure it goes well with chappathis..

  2. Hi ISG,

    My daughter is home on a snow day too :) This is another of your wonderfully easy, tasty curries... will definitely be making this! Enjoy the relaxing day :)

  3. Looks delicious.All shiny and yummy.My kids home too bcos it's half day!:))
    Great combo Indo,I will try this recipe ,thanks.Happy V'day!:))

  4. Hey we did have a good bit of snow today. Do you work from home most of the time ? How Lucky :)
    I got to stay home today and it was fun

    The picture of the veggies looked very fresh and bright and nice sabzi too :)

  5. wow...what a combo! Never had this before...don't the brussel sprouts overpower the eggplants? or does the flavor mellow gradually?

    Looks good though, I must say..very comforting on snowy nights!


  6. Prema, the Brussel Sprouts were an afterthought because I did not have enough brinjals, I usually cook only with the brinjals.

    Linda, yup it is brinjal again.

    Asha, snow days once in a while are nice right?

    Sandeepa, yup we had snow and lot of ice. I work mostly from home and go into office only for meetings and such.

    TRS no, I hardly noticed the taste of brussel sprouts mellow enough , I added them to increase the gravy.

  7. Wow..Indo..what a combo..hope you enjoyed this relaxing meal on your chutti..:D.

  8. I don't get brussel sprouts here in Vizag..:(. But I do prepare brinjal and potato curry. I must try adding sambar pwd the next time I make this combo.

  9. Hi Indo,
    I came across your blog today. I enjoyed going through your postings. What inspires me most about your blog and many other cooking blogs is that, these recipes and photos show your enthusiasm towards cooking and life in general, it always makes me happy. I was so excited to know about the dupont farmers market. I live in virginia and I visit the local farmers market and I enjoy the experience. Alas it is open only 6 months and I was looking out for 1 open all year and then.... I see your post. thanks so much. I am looking forward to going there this weekend.

  10. humm..brinjal with brussel sprouts!!!never heard this one before..looks yummy with tamarind juice..!!!

  11. Maheswari, I did enjoy the chuttin and the curry, thanks.

    Sailaja, cabbage also works, use just a handful. This is a trick I learnt from my aunt, she adds cabbage usually to increase the gravy.

    Aarthi, you are very welcome and thanks for visiting my blog, do visit the Duponts Farmers Market, it is always busy and people milling about and the fresh veggies are just a bonus.

    Swapna, it is a quickie dish give it a try.

  12. Sounds very good. I want to try it. Brinjal is some kind of eggplant I think. But what means 2 sounds of pressure cooker? Should it say two seconds? Thank you!

    Robin in Seattle

  13. Robin, Brinjal is egg plant but the small purple variety, you can use the big ones too.
    The pressure cooker gives out whistles to indicate the cooking time,but if you are using a regular pan you need to add a little bit more water and cover the lid and cook till the egg plants are soft and then add the potatoes. Hope this helps.

  14. cmon confess, whcih is ur favourite veggie? brinjal? i am going to try this though i am not sure i kline brussel sprouts!

  15. Hey Indo, your brussel sprout and eggplant combo is unique and I have to try it soon because my hubby loves both of these vegetables but never tried to make them together. Thanks for sharing..

  16. Indo,
    I went to the Farmers market last sunday, enjoyed the experience thanks!

  17. Hi Indo,
    This curry looks very tempting. I have some brussel sprouts and was looking for anew way to cook them. I can hear my stomach growl:) Thanks!


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