Mar 20, 2015

Desi Health Bites: Guthi Vankaya and a Sub-wich

Guthi Vankaya is a famous Andhra dish. It is made by stuffing tiny brinjals/eggplants/aubergines with a freshly made spice powder. The stuffed vegetables are then cooked in a gravy or sautéed in generous amount of oil until cooked. When served as an accompaniment to rice, it is guaranteed to uplift your meal to a gastronomic experience. Know someone who hates brinjal? Then offer them this Guthi Vankaya. And watch the magic.
This Guthi Vankaya recipe was created for the Fortune Rice Bran Oil Desi Health Bites Activity. I have grilled the stuffed Vankaya instead of going the more oil-rich frying route. Also, I tried a sandwich version where I’ve taken the curry one step closer to chomp-heaven! The sandwich is very healthy if you use whole grain bread. Omit the onion rings in the sandwich if you do not want to increase the calories. Instead, raw onion rings soaked in vinegar will add a different dimension to the sandwich too.
Do not let the long list of ingredients scare you. They are quite easy to bring together. Once you bite into the sandwich, any other thought will promptly be forgotten. Go on, try it out and let me know. 
  Guthi Vankaya -grilled to perfection

  • Does NOT contain gluten, soya, corn, eggs, lactose.
  • Suitable for gluten, lactose intolerance or people with nut allergy.
Preparation Time – 20 minutes, Cooking Time – under 30 minutes including grilling time, Serves - 6

You Need -

Cookware – Oven proof glass bowl, mixer grinder, fry pan, sandwich toaster, microwave oven with grill or OTG.

Ingredients -

For Guthi Vankaya -
  1. 500 grams tiny violet brinjals
  2. ¼ cup dry coconut (copra) slices
  3. ¼ cup chopped onion
  4. 2 tablespoon Coriander seeds (dhania)
  5. 2 tablespoon chana dal
  6. 2 teaspoon urad dal
  7. 6-7 red chillies
  8. A thin 1 inch cinnamon stick
  9. 2 cloves
  10. ½ teaspoon Cumin (jeera)
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 2 tablespoon Fortune Rice Bran Oil*
For Onion Rings –
  1. 2 big red onions
  2. 1 cup Panko Bread crumbs
  3. 3 tablespoon cornflour
  4. 3 tablespoons Gram Flour (besan)
  5. A pinch salt
  6. ¼ cup water
  7. Fortune Rice Bran Oil for deep frying
For Honey Mustard dressing –
  1. 2 tablespoon good quality mustard
  2. 2 tablespoon honey
For Assembling Sub Sandwich –
  1. 6 numbers 6” hot dog rolls or Ciabatta bread
  2. 1 teaspoon butter
  3. 1 European Cucumber (Or Salad Cucumber)
  4. 3 medium tomatoes
  5. A few leaves each of Iceberg, Romaine and Curly green lettuce
  6. 6 Cheese slices
Method –

 For Guthi Vankaya –
  1. Add ½ teaspoon oil to a fry pan, and fry these ingredients over medium heat to a golden brown – dry coconut slices, chopped onion, dhania, chana dal, urad dal, red chillies, cinnamon, cloves, jeera. Cool, and grind with salt to a coarse powder.
  2. Rinse the brinjals, chop off the stem. Make ‘X’ slits starting from the bottom of each brinjal, going up to the head, but take care to leave the head intact.
  3. Stuff the slits with the above powder.
Plump stuffed brinjals/eggplants
  1. Preheat Grill in microwave oven at 220⁰C.
  2. Place the stuffed brinjals (Guthi Vankaya) head down and filling-side upward, in a suitable oven proof glass bowl. Drizzle the remaining oil over the brinjals and grill covered for the first 10 minutes, then open for the next 5-7 minutes.
  3. The Guthi Vankaya is ready when the brinjal feels soft to touch and the filling looks toasted.
Side dish or sandwich, how owuld you like it?
  *A word about the oil used here – Fortune Rice Bran oil has a substance called ‘oryzanol’ which helps in reducing cholesterol in the body. Oryzanol works by lowering cholesterol levels and has free radical scavenging actions as well. The latter action helps the body by improving skin texture, reducing wrinkles and ageing, apart from protecting against dangerous cancer causing cells in the body.

For Onion Rings –
  1. Mix the gram flour and cornflour with salt and just enough water to make a thin (but not watery) batter.
  2. Peel the onions, slice horizontally into thick slices, and separate into rings.
  3. Dip each ring into the batter, coat with panko bread crumbs and set aside.
  4. Repeat until all onion rings are coated. Heat about 1 cup Fortune Rice Bran Oil in a suitable fry pan and deep fry the rings till they are golden brown. Set aside.
For honey mustard dressing –  Whisk both ingredients to a smooth homogenous mixture.

For Assembling Sub Sandwich –
  1. Immerse the lettuce leaves in ice cold water. Rinse the cucumber and tomato and cut into thin slices. Separate the Guthi Vankaya into segments.
  2. Cut each hot dog bun/Ciabatta bread horizontally into two. Brush with butter and toast in sandwich maker/tawa for a few minutes. Remove to serving platter.
  3. Drizzle some honey mustard dressing over the bottom side of bun. The first layer of sandwich
  4. Place the brinjal segments over the dressing. Arrange cucumber, tomato slices over this. Drizzle some more dressing over the vegetables. Layer the cucumber and tomato
  5. Drain lettuce, shake dry and tear up by hand into bite size pieces. Place lettuce over the sandwich, top with cheese slice. Cover with top of bun and press down lightly. Bring on the lettuce... and the cheese
  6. Repeat with the rest of the hot dog buns and filling similarly.
  7. Your super healthy, tasty, filling, homemade Guthi Vankaya sub sandwich is ready.
Onion rings to tempt you further..
 ta da, the sub-wich is ready

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1 comment:

kitchen queen said...

delicious tempting and inviting