Amma's Special Nuna Vankaiya

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Jun. 26, 2013

This dish is not made on a regular basis, but is made for special occasions only. Like the name suggests, this dish is prepared using a lot of oil. It may not be too healthy to have it regularly but none the less it is a very tasty and delicious dish. A personal favorite amongst vegetarian dishes.


Brinjal 1/4 Kilogram , slit lengthwise (without separating the pieces)
Onion 1 Medium , chop
Curry leaves 10
Green chili 5
Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon (Leveled)
Red chili 10
Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
Sesame seed 1 Tablespoon
Dry coconut 1 Tablespoon
Poppy seed 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Tamarind juice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (thick in consistency)
Salt To Taste



1.In a pan, dry roast the red chilis, and keep it aside

2.In a pan add coriander seeds, poppy seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and lightly roast it and keep it aside.

3.Roast the groundnuts; once it turns light brown add the dry coconut and turn of the flame. (the dried coconut will get roasted with the heat of the pan itself)

4.Heat 1 tsp oil and add the onions, curry leaves and green chilis, and sauté until the onions turn light brown. Keep it aside.

5.In a grinder add all the above ingredients and grind it to a fine paste, by adding small quantities of water whenever required. Keep this paste aside.


6.In a pressure cooker, add the remaining oil and heat it.

7.Add mustard seeds and fenugreek and allow it to crackle.

8.Add the brinjal, ginger garlic paste, salt and sauté on a low flame.

9.After a minute, add the ground paste, turmeric powder and stir it.

10.Add the tamarind juice and pressure cook it for 1 whistle.


11.Serve it with roti and hot rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 662Calories from Fat 565

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 64 g98.5%

Saturated Fat 9 g45%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 138 mg5.75%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.7%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 9 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet