My cook at home comes out with very unusual foods. Sometimes, she makes things for herself, and puts a bit on the table for us to taste. And more often than not, they end up being very tasty and a staple on the dining table.
This is one such dish. I think it is fairly typical of the Nellore region.
1/2 kg Brinjals/Aubergines
2 pods Garlic
50 grams of Roasted Peanut, powdered
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
Few curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1 tablespoon Oil
Salt to taste
Chop the onions, tomatoes and garlic finely.
Dice the brinjal into bits and keep in a vessel of water to prevent discoloration.
Heat oil on a medium flame.
Add the mustard seeds.
Once they start crackling, add the garlic and curry leaves.
When garlic has browned nicely, add the onions.
Fry till it starts getting brown, add the tomatoes and fry till mushy.
Now add the salt and red chilli powder.
Add the brinjal and fry for a few minutes. Add a quarter cup of water and cover.
Check periodically till the the brinjal is cooked well.
Now add the peanut powder, and give one last boil and switch off.
Serve hot with rice or chapatis.