ODIA FOOD

Dahi baigana

September 5, 2008
dahi baigana is an odia dish basically spiced eggplant in yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

Dahi baigana is an accompaniment to the main dish, It is  basically spiced eggplant dipped in the yogurt sauce. It is common and popular to the Odia kitchen.

dahi baigana is an odia dish basically spiced eggplant in yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

Down memory lane when I started to shape up this space of mine I had always in my mind to showcase some delectable cuisines from Odisha. Even though my knowledge is limited to just a few recipes I constantly buzz my mom and mil to let me know the ways of cooking authentic Odia recipes. Somehow I feel that I enjoy these recipes while I am holidaying in my state. It is great to relish the real authentic fare. I guess it is the soil, the water and the air that makes the vegetables & fruits and meat more yummier or just perhaps mom‘s special touch that renders the magic to the food. Since getting married to a food lover and living on my own I have tried making some of those nostalgic recipes now & then. I feel somehow I am getting close to that original taste & flavour but still have a long way to replicate the exact magic. One classic seasoning that helps to replicate the magic lies in this secret ingredients popularly known as Jeera Lanka powder ( cumin and chilli powder ). This truely enhances the taste and making it is no fuss. Use an iron skillet to toast cumin and dry red chillies, basically for few minutes only. I Iove the mortar and pestle to crush them. This powder is a common pantry staples in Odiya kitchen and is used generously in khatta  and  dalma

Jeera lanka powder, dahi baigana is a odia dish basically spiced eggplant dipped in the yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

 

Dahi baigana, eggplant with yogurt is a very sought after odia dish in any gatherings. I really relish the sliced and spiced eggplant dipped in the yogurt sauce. It is part of my party menu list whenever we have guests at home. My friends have always loved this accompaniment and it goes very well with the heavier curries.

HOW TO MAKE ODIYA STYLE DAHI BAIGANA

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 long eggplants
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp pancha putona
  • Curry leaves
  • Dry chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Jeera lanka powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • oil for deep frying

Slice the eggplants lengthwise and marinate it with chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder.Set aside for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the eggplants.Remove them with a slotted spoon. I use paper kitchen towel to soak up excess oil. Alternatively you can microwave the marinated eggplants in the microwave till they are soft and then shallow fry them using less oil.

Whisk the yogurt in a bowl, add salt, sugar and chilli powder and chaat masala. Add little water, if the consistency is too thick. Gently add the fried eggplants to the yogurt mix.

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan, add pancha putona, red chilies and curry leaves. When they start to crack, pour them over the yogurt and mix well. Sprinkle jeera lanka powder and garnish with chopped coriander.

 

dahi baigana is an odia dish basically spiced eggplant in yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

 

dahi baigana is an odia dish basically spiced eggplant in yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

 

 

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dahi baigana is an odia dish basically spiced eggplant in yogurt sauce. It is a very cool dish and common to the Odia kitchen.

 

 

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply Vaishali September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for a traditional recipe, Pearlsoeast! I love eggplant and I’ve just fallen in love with Soy Yogurt, so I will try this soon. Great pictures!

  • Reply Divya Vikram September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Dahi baigan looks really authentic..And substituting M&Ms should have brought a smile in ur little ones face for sure!

  • Reply Cham September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I made the eggplant in yogurt long back without knowing it is Orissa recipe 🙂 Now i know the originality, it is absolutely delicious and the M& M cookies re pretty 🙂

  • Reply ANJALI J. September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    this is really awesome..loved the recipe.. picture itself says a lot abt ur dish.

  • Reply Sangeeth September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    loves ur cookies….must be a hit with kids….

  • Reply Usha September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds delicious..have never tried fried eggplants in yogurt…good combination 🙂

  • Reply sowmya September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    nice recipe for eggplant..bookmarked..am sure going to try this one!!

  • Reply Susan from Food Blogga September 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

    When I was a kid, m & m chocolate chip cookies were my specialty. Now, I'm feeling like whipping up a batch after seeing yours.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Wow something new and looks gr8. Never tried youghurt and egg plant.

  • Reply Uma September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    mmm. what a delicious recipe! Looks so mouth-watering. Lovely treat for your son.

  • Reply SriLekha September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    it sounds delicious

  • Reply Kate / Kajal September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    hmm this is a nice new way to have eggplants Surprisingly i’ve never had it like this before. Surly going to try it.

  • Reply Sireesha September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Baingan is my all time favorite.Eggplant with yougurt sounds delicious and yummy.Bookmarked it.will try soon.

  • Reply Bhawana September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    what a look, tempting me to make this. made a note of it.

  • Reply delhibelle September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    dahi baigana look so scrumptious..so love tradiional recipes like these.
    Hope “little prince” settles fast in the new surroundings. Cute cookies:)

  • Reply Rachel September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I share the same feeling of separation..but it gets better as they grow up…

  • Reply Sukanya September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Looks yum…..the cookies looks so tempting too

  • Reply Suma Rajesh September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    sounds delicious..and its a new combo for me baigan with dahi…awsome..

  • Reply sowmya October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    i tried your dahi baigana today..tasted awesome..thanks ..

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