Gutti Vankaya is a famous Andra recipe .Vankaya Nuvvula masala, is a classic Andhra cuisine  that is prepared on  special occasions and even goes well as a party dish.  What sums up the essence of this dish is the creamy sesame sauce and velvety Vankayas.One bit of it and your in heaven :)

Prep & Cooking: 1 hour
Serves: 8
Cuisine: Andhra


 Ingredients:-

Purple Brinjals /Eggplants/Baingan /Vankaya - 1/2 kg
Onions - 2 large
Green chilies - 6
Khus khus/gasagasalu/white poppy seeds (dry roast ) - 2 tbsps
Nuvvulu/til/white sesame seeds, (dry roast )- 4 tbsps
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsps
Coriander powder  - 2 tsps
Turmeric powder  - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 4 tbsps
Dry Red Chilli - 1
few fresh curry leaves



Method:-

1)  Wash and Slit the brinjals  into  plus shape .Brinjals should be whole that is stalks should be intact  i.e. do not cut fully.Place them in salted water  to avoid discoloration.




 2) Lightly  dry roast  the Khus Khus and sesame seeds  separately for 3 mins and keep it aside.

Poppy seeds /Khus Khus     Seasame seeds /Til /Nuvullu
3) Add 2 tbsps of oil in a pan, add the  slit brinjals and roast them till brown, approx 9-10 mins.Remove and keep  it aside.


4) In the same pan, add the green chilies and  chopped onions and saute for 5 mins on low  flame. Cool it . Grind the onions and green chilies to a fine paste.


5) Grind the lightly roasted khus khus and sesame seeds to a fine paste, adding little water.


6) Add the remaining oil in the pan, add cumin seeds and as they splutter add the  dry red chilli and curry leaves  and saute for a min.


7) Then add the onion paste and  Saute for 3 mins.
8) Add ginger garlic paste and saute for another 2 mins.
9)  Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.Then  Add the khus khus and sesame paste and cook for 3 more mins.


10) Mix well and  add 2 cups water and bring it to boil.


11)  Reduce the flame and add the roasted brinjals and allow to simmer for 10 -15 mins or until the gravy thickens.  Stir them once in a while without breaking the brinjals. After gravy thickens turn off  the heat.


12) Serve hot Vankaya Nuvvulu Masala or brinjals in sesame sauce curry  with  rice ,flavored rice ,rotis ,chapatis .

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