Friday, February 15, 2008



The term “engayi” meaning enne kayi has to be prepared with oil and no water. But these days we have modified this by using if not too much water atleast a little bit of it. The same engayi is first prepared and then this is mixed with rice to make it vangibath (vangi as in brinjal and bath is rice). Before going in to vangibath lets first get to know how to prepare engayi.


Potato-3 to 4(big ones)
Brinjal-7 small purple ones (although the best one to do engai is from the green long brinjals)
Sambhar powder- 3 tbl spns (sambhar powder recipe is coming up soon)
Jaggery-1 inch piece
Tamarind- ½ lemon sized (soak in one fourth cup water before you start)
Coriander leaves- ½ cup
Coconut- 2 tbl spns
Salt as per taste

For seasoning:

Mustard - 1tspn
Bengal gram- 1tspn
Black gram- 1tspn
Curry leaves- 10 leaves
Oil-3 tbl spns

1. Cut brinjal and potato in lengthwise like shown in picture.
2. Take oil in a pan, add the seasonings, and then add the brinjal and fry for few minutes till the raw smell goes.
3. Add the potatoes to this and fry for a couple of minutes. Pour in ½ cup water to cook the veggies. Add jaggery and salt; close the lid to cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add the juice of tamarind, sambhar powder, coconut, and allow to cook the veggies completely.
5. Finally add coriander leaves for garnishing.

This method is usually followed by iyengars although it’s made in lot more ways. In Karnataka alone we have many varieties of engayi. I know one of my neighbour aunties prepares this in a different way and what she makes is also awesome!


vidya said...

Wow... Veds, The engai is surely mouth watering... I must say, Your novelty is your strength.. I dont think anyone in this whole world according to me can get so creative and unique..Keep up the good work.. Your Blog is appreciated very well by my inlaws, my friends and your has so much content that when a thrid person types iyengarskitchen..your blog is the first to catch their attention...we are all very proud of you!!

Veda Murthy said...

Thank you very much vids. U all have given me so much support that i cannot express it in words! it really means a lot to me. my spl thanks to aunty, uncle and j for all their best wishes!

I will keep posting many more recipes....again thank u so much sis!!!!!

pallavi said...

Hi Veda,

The Engayi recipe is awesome!!Im so glad Vidya shared your blog link with me!!It came out so good, I just had to tell you!!Take care:)


Veda Murthy said...

hey pallavi,

Thank u so much ! I am glad my blog is helping u....keep watching this space for more!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks delicious!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Veda Murthy said...

hi jen,

thank u so much for adding me to ur blog roll and also for the compliments on my food....really appreciate it! keep visiting for more.....thanks again!

Shilpa said...

This is a very different Engayi recipe. I always associated engayi with stuffed brinjals, the lingayat style. I am going to try this soon. Looks too good.

Veda Murthy said...

Hi Shilpa,

Thanks for visiting my blog and it surely is a different engayi recipe and its mostly followed in iyengar homes. do try to make it and let me know how it turned out!

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Garam Masala said...

Hi Veda -

This is a new kind of vegetable preparation for me. I must say it looks really good. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words for it!

bharathi said...

hey veda...Engai is indeed mouthwatering!!
nice cosy kitchen!!!!!....very commendable that u started it for paati!!!continue the good work!!

Veda Murthy said...

hey bhar....thanks so much for ur comments....really appreciate it!!!!keep visiting for more

Sujyothi said...

yipppee...there is my fav Engai!!!
Everytime i make it i think of you!!Arjun loves it...thanks to you!!
Looks so good...yummmm...when we come there next time please make it for us...
and you know what....i tried in vain..but can never make Chutney as fab as you make it!!
ok...i think before we come i will make a list of what we wud love to eat and pleache make it for us!!
Keep up the good work and help me extend my list:)))

Veda Murthy said...

hey thanks jo for all the appreciation! will surely make all that u want u eat when u come here!:-)

shashi said...

Hi Veds

Engayi was awesome, Thnks for the recipe tasted very good with chapattis. Thanks for sharing the blog, its really very useful for me. Keep up ur good work. And dont worry about the backup of recipes i am doing the honours :-)

Veda Murthy said...

hey shashi,

Thank u so much! i m glad it turned out well. It gives me immense satisfaction when my readers try my recipes n leave their feedback.