Gutti vankaya recipe with step by step photos. Guti vankaya kura is a stuffed eggplant dish from the Andhra cuisine. Here the stuffing is made from a mix of desiccated coconut, peanuts and spices, which is ground finely. Small tender brinjals are stuffed with this ground masala and then cooked. A bit of tamarind pulp is added to the gravy for a faint sour taste. This recipe is vegan as well as gluten free.
The recipe of gutti vankaya kura was shared by a reader from Andhra, many years ago in my initial days of blogging. From then onwards I have made this delicious stuffed eggplant curry recipe with a few changes to the original recipe. There are quite a numbers of variations while preparing gutti vankaya kura.
This recipe has some gravy and is not dry. Also the brinjals are cooked in the pressure cooker, thereby saving time. Though you can also cook them in a pan.
The preparation of masala and stuffing the brinjals, takes some time. Once you are done with the preparation and stuffing, then the remaining process is easy.
The stuffing of this Gutti Vankaya is made from a mix of peanuts, desiccated coconut and spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds (methi dana), dried red chilies and turmeric powder. A bit of the prepared tamarind pulp is added in this for the fair sour taste.
This ground masala paste is then stuffed in small tender brinjals or aubergines and cooked in the flavorful gravy of whole spices, split black gram (urad dal), chopped onions, curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and some of the masala paste itself.
I have made the tamarind pulp separately. But you can just add the tamarind to the coconut+spices while grinding. To balance the sourness, you can also add some jaggery in the gravy.
Gutti vankaya curry tastes best with jowar roti or bajra roti or chapatis. The curry also tastes good with steamed rice.
How to make Gutti Vankaya Kura
1. First soak ½ tablespoon tamarind in ¼ cup warm or hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Then squeeze and extract the soaked tamarind into the water. Keep the tamarind pulp aside.
3. Heat a small frying pan. Add ¼ cup peanuts and roast them on a low to medium flame, with frequent stirrings.
4. The peanuts have to be roasted well and should not have even a slight rawness in them. Remove the peanuts and keep aside.
5. To the same pan, add 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and ¼ teaspoon methi seeds. Skip methi seeds if you do not have them.
6. Roast these seeds too till they become fragrant. Take care not to over roast or burn them. Remove and keep aside.
7. In the same pan, now add 2 tablespoon of desiccated coconut. You can also use fresh coconut instead of desiccated coconut.
8. Stir continuously and roast the coconut till light golden. Remove and keep aside.
9. Add 3 to 4 dry red chilies.
10. Roast the chilies till the red color changes a shade. You should also get the aroma while roasting them. Once they become aromatic and the color changes, remove and keep aside. Once cooled, break the red chilies in small pieces and remove the seeds.
11. Now let the spices cool and then take all of them in a grinder jar.
12. Add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
13. Now add the tamarind pulp. Also add 3 to 4 tablespoon water.
14. Grind everything to a smooth thick masala. The masala paste should be thick or else stuffing the brinjals becomes difficult.
15. First rinse 12 to 14 small brinjals in fresh water. Then slit each brinjal from the base, keeping the stalks.
To make the brinjals stand while cooking, just thinly slice a small part from the base. Do use small tender brinjals as they cook faster and taste good.
16. Soak the brinjals in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then drain all the water and keep the brinjal aside.
17. Later stuff each brinjal very well with the masala paste. Keep aside. Some masala paste will remain. So keep this aside too.
Making gutti vankaya kura
18. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a 3 litre stovetop pressure cooker. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
19. Then add ½ teaspoon urad dal.
20. Next add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.
21. Saute till the urad dal turns a maroonish red.
22. Then add ½ cup of finely chopped onion.
23. Next add 1 sprig curry leaves.
24. Saute till the onions turn translucent stirring often.
25. Now add ½ tablespoon ginger-garlic paste.
26. Add the remaining masala paste along with ⅔ cup water.
27. Stir and mix very well.
28. Now place the stuffed eggplant gently in the pressure cooker.
29. Sprinkle salt evenly and all over.
30. Cover and pressure cook gutti vankaya curry for 5 to 6 minutes on a high to medium heat. When the pressure settles down, then only open the lid.
Check the doneness by sliding a knife through the brinjal. If the knife slids easily, then the brinjals are cooked.
If they are not cooked, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons oof water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. If you have used medium sized brinjals, then you will need to pressure cook for some more minutes.
31. Garnish with coriander leaves and Serve gutti vankaya kura hot or warm with chapatis or steamed rice. This curry also goes very well with jowar roti or bajra roti.
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Gutti Vankaya Kura | Gutti Vankaya Curry
for soaking brinjals
- 250 grams small purple or green brinjals (baingan) or 12 to 14 brinjals
- ½ teaspoon salt added to water for soaking brinjals
- enough water for soaking brinjals
- 1 large onion or ½ cup finely chopped onion
- ½ tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste or 1 inch ginger + 6 to 7 medium garlic – crushed to a paste
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon urad dal
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 2 tablespoon oil
- ⅔ cup water
- salt as required
- 2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
for tamarind pulp
- ½ tablespoon tamarind
- ¼ cup warm or hot water
for grinding masala
- ¼ cup peanuts
- 2 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
- 3 to 4 dry red chilies
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
preparing tamarind pulp
- First soak 1/2 tbsp tamarind in 1/4 cup warm or hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Then squeeze and extract the soaked tamarind into the water. Keep the tamarind pulp aside.
roasting peanuts, spices and coconut
- Heat a small frying pan. Add 1/4 cup peanuts and roast them on a low to medium flame, with frequent stirrings.
- The peanuts have to be roasted well and should not have even a slight rawness in them. Remove the peanuts and keep aside.
- To the same pan, add 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/4 tsp methi seeds. Skip methi seeds if you do not have them.
- Roast these seeds too till they become fragrant. Take care not to over roast or burn them. Remove and keep aside.
- In the same pan, now add 2 tbsp desiccated coconut. You can also use fresh coconut instead of desiccated coconut.
- Stir continuously and roast the coconut till light golden. Remove and keep aside.
- Add 3 to 4 dry red chilies.
- Roast the chilies till the red color changes a shade. You should also get the aroma while roasting them. Once they become aromatic and the color changes, remove and keep aside.
grinding masala for gutti vankaya
- Once cooled, break the red chilies in small pieces and remove the seeds.
- Now let the spices cool and then take all of them in a grinder jar.
- Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
- Now add the tamarind pulp and 3 to 4 tbsp water.
- Grind everything to a smooth thick masala. Do grind to a thick paste, otherwise stuffing the brinjals will not be easy.
prepping brinjals to make gutti vankaya kura
- Now rinse and slit each brinjal from the base, keeping the stalks. Soak the brinjals in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Then drain and keep aside. To make the brinjals stand while cooking, just thinly slice a small part from the base.
- Later stuff each brinjal very well with the masala paste. Keep aside. Some masala paste will remain. So keep this aside too.
making gutti vankaya kura
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a 3 litre pressure cooker. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
- Then add 1/2 tsp urad dal and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
- Saute till the urad dal turns a maroonish red.
- Then add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and 1 sprig of curry leaves.
- Saute till the onions turn translucent.
- Now add 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste.
- Add the remaining masala paste along with 2/3 cup water. mix very well.
- Now place the stuffed brinjals gently in the cooker.
- Sprinkle salt as per taste.
- Cover and pressure cook gutti vankaya curry for 5 to 6 minutes.
- When the pressure settles down, open the lid. Check the doneness by sliding a knife through a brinjal. If the knife slids easily, then the brinjals are cooked.
- If they are not cooked, then add 2 to 3 tbsp water and pressure cook gutti vankaya for 2 to 3 minutes more or till done.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve gutti vankaya kura with chapatis or steamed rice.
- This curry also goes very well with jowar roti or bajra roti.
- To balance the sourness of the tamarind, you can add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of jaggery powder to the gravy.
Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)
This Gutti Vankaya post from the archives, originally published in April 2016 has been updated and republished on January 2023.
My grandma preparing different version we call this nunevankai in Kannada ennegai.
My grandma using these ingredients
Dania poppy seeds, dry chilli, cumin seeds ,fenugreek seeds, Pepper ,(all rested) raw onion ,roasted onion, garlic tamarind, coconut grind smooth paste and stuffed.
I try your version good taste
Thanks Sowmya for sharing your grandma version of nunevankai. i am sure it must be delicious.
I have already shared ennegayi recipe.
Ever since I discovered this recipe by chance on your website — my preferred method is to name the vegetable I have with me and key in the name on your site and search through the recipes that come up — gutti vankaya kura is my favourite. Love the recipe 🙂
Thanks a ton for making recipe instruction crystal clear.
thanks a ton sulekha. comment like yours inspire me to add more variety of recipes. in fact i still have some veggie recipes that are not added on the website. thanks again.
came out very tasty.thank you so much dasanna. you are my inspiration
thanks sruthi for the feedback on the recipe as well as for your lovely comment.
Here, do we need to pressure cook with weight(whistle) or just cook for 5-6 minutes with no lid?
you have to pressure cook with weight (whistle) for 5 to 6 minutes.
Any idea if it tastes similar to the North karnataka style stuffed brinjal (yeangai) made for jowar rotis?
pri, the taste of north karantaka style is different as more coconut is added, than this one.
once I enter my comment here “ur comment awaits moderator approval” generally comes but its not coming this time alone.I posted my query just now.
thanks sindhuja for letting me know. i will just check about this.
it was an amazing experience cooking this amazing dish,i made it today itself and everyone at my home just loved it,i didn’t expect that this dish would turn so yummy ,thank you for this amazing recipe
welcome and thankyou anchal 🙂
It’s yummy and everyone loved it….great website, great teacher. And great recipes…thank uu…
thankyou so much preethi 🙂