How to make VAANGI BHAAT- SK Khazana -

Flavourful pulao made with brinjals and some masalas – a Maharashtrian speciality

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : 6-8 small brinjals vertically quartered , 1½ cups basmati rice, soaked and drained

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Rice


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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 1

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for VAANGI BHAAT- SK Khazana Recipe

  • 6-8 small brinjals vertically quartered

  • 1½ cups basmati rice, soaked and drained

  • 2-3 tablespoons oil

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 1½ teaspoons cumin seeds (jeera)

  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped

  • 8-10 curry leaves

  • ¾ cup whole cashewnuts

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 2 tablespoons goda masala

  • ¾ cup yogurt

  • ½ cup scraped fresh coconut + for garnishing

  • Salt to taste

  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves + for garnishing


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds, green chillies, curry leaves and cashewnuts, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Step 2

Add onions, mix and sauté till translucent. Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and goda masala, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3

Add yogurt, mix and cook till the oil separates. Add coconut and brinjal and mix well.

Step 4

Add rice, 3 cups water, salt and coriander leaves. Mix well, cover and cook till rice is done.

Step 5

Garnish with coconut and coriander leaves and serve hot.

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