E for Eggplant Chops

>>  Friday, September 6, 2013

For the letter E, there was never a need to think of anything else. Amma had made this dish once and I decided this is what I was going to do for E. Of course I had to resort using the english name for this. Amma called it Kathrikai chops, going by the famous mutton chops. I am told that this dish has the same crazy as the mutton chops would have. 

I am not sure how much this is true as I have never lived in Andhra, however Andhrites are known for their affinity to Brinjal/ Eggplant. In fact there is a song dedicated to the goodness and yumminess of brinjals. My daddy is very fond of brinjal and can have it any form. So I knew he must have loved this dish as well. 

The first time I tasted this, I felt I had to use this for the ABC series. There was no question of using this for any other letter. Infact this vegetable can fit into so many letters, that it's amazing. One Vegetable and I could have used it for so many letters as it is also called as Aubergine, Brinjal, Eggplant, Garden egg, Melongene, Kathirikai, Vankaya and if there are more I am not aware! 

Since all my other letters had some options I could've used it for V but it didn't strike me at all. I was fixed on using it as Eggplant as I was running short of options for E. Well as my friends who have been with me on this Dish hunt for each letter, would tell you, you will understand only if you go through it..:)

End of the day I was happy I selected as this was such a delicious dish and as the bard says, What's in a name!

For E we have Eggplant Chops

Eggplant Chops

Ingredients Needed:

For the Chops

Eggplant - 500 gms
Salt to taste
Oil - 100 gms
Onions - ¼ cup (1/2 of a medium)
Tomato - ¼ cup
Water - ½ cup

For the paste

Coconut paste - 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic  - 3 cloves
Green chilies - 4 - 5 long
Cinnamon - 1”

How to make the Chops

Grind all the ingredients listed under the paste, to a smooth paste using water.

Wash and slit the eggplants through the middle into 4 parts, keeping one end intact. Stuff the masala into the eggplants. Keep it aside.

Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute the onions till brown, then add tomatoes, once the tomatoes turn soft, add the stuffed eggplant along with the masala. Simmer and cook for 5 mins.

Then add water and continue cooking till the masala is well cooked and eggplant turn soft. This takes about 10 mins or so.

Serve with Chapatis

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Preeti Garg September 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM  

Look Interesting and delicious

veena krishnakumar September 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM  

innoru pudu dish...have so may to try...looks delicious valli!!

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM  

wow so homey and authentic.. I make a similar one...


Priya Suresh September 6, 2013 at 12:16 AM  

When i saw the name i thought it might be a deep fried ones, dunno for me chops means deepfrying..lolz, wonderful looking eggplant chops Valli.

divya September 6, 2013 at 12:47 AM  

looks sooo delicious n yummy.

Manjula Bharath September 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM  

haven't heard of eggplant chops anywhere :) this looks yummy and interesting recipe dear :)

vaishali sabnani September 6, 2013 at 4:59 AM  

That is a wonderful way to make eggplants..normally we used to stuff the small size brinjals..but this surely is interesting.will pass the recipe to my daughters as they love them..we don't get them in the house, me being allergic to them.

Pavani N September 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM  

OMG Valli.. that is such a tempting eggplant dish. You know my love for all things eggplant :-) I'm going to try this real soon.

Erin from Long Island September 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM  

Long time reader, first time might want to change the first "garlic" in the paste ingredients to ginger. Also...i LOVE this blog!!!!!!!

Srivalli September 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM  

Erin, thanks for delurking to let me know abt the typo, have updated it. Nice to know you and glad you love blog, thank you..:)

nayana September 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM  

looks so delicious n spicy...

Sandhya Karandikar September 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM  

I too love eggplant in every form. Baigan in Hindi, Vaangi in Marathi and Ringna in Gujarati are three more words I can tell you for this very versatile vegetable.
We too make similar stuffed eggplants but this masala is so very different that I must try it.

Sapana Behl September 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM  

Never heard about Eggplant chops but sounds delicious . Am a big fan of Baingan and will try this one for sure..

Janani September 6, 2013 at 11:32 PM  

Mutton chops madhiri eggplant chops huh nice name loving the paste ingredients have lot of brinjal at home here comes my dinner recipe thanks for sharing valli ji.

Rajani S September 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM  

You are right :), so many name choices for this vegetable :)...Chops look great and I might try it sometime, it looks really good!

Harini-Jaya R September 8, 2013 at 4:14 AM  

I am sure the eggplant lovers will appreciate it!

Padma Rekha September 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM  

Even I am a big fan of this vege. This recipe is very new to me looks so delicious...

Chef Mireille September 9, 2013 at 2:34 AM  

unfortunately eggplant and I dont exist in the same realm - but I'm happy you guys loved it

Gayathri Kumar September 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM  

I love brinjal in any form. This with the stuffing looks so inviting...

Sreevalli E September 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM  

always " Yes " for eggplant.. Delicious dish Valli..

Padmajha PJ September 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM  

A song dedicated to brinjal!wow!! I love brinjal and the name sounds different and I am sure to try this after this BM.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan September 12, 2013 at 5:04 AM  

I love eggplants and your dish is so new...With the abundance of it in my backyard, I should give it a try!

Kalyani September 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM  

egg plants are so versatile - they lend themselves to so many varieties.. I have a stuffed version coming up at the fag end of this BM

Archana Potdar September 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM  

This is new to me. Bookmarking it.
These eggplants are sure versatile. Love them a lot much to the kids irritation.

Foodiliciousnan September 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM  

The stuffing part sounds so yummy. I have an aversion to brinjal, so will try using the filling with 'kovakkai'. And i can understand the dilemma of what letter to use it for!

Nisha Sundar September 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM  

I love that masala filling. This is sure to go into my to do list.

Saraswathi Tharagaram October 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM  

Interesting stuffing and it would have tasted awesome with simple dal rice..

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