Monday, March 30, 2009

Brinjal Chips from Microwave!

Its another week to roll by and I am all set to begin with a good planning to get most things done as per plan. Konda's exams are going on and will get over by next week. She is all so excited thinking about her long summer vacation. Not just that, she is also excited about my parents coming back. Well I am too! These past four months seem to so long with them being so far away. Infact everybody at home are, including the boys. Every night they pick up the phone and talk over blank line, saying Ammamma and Thatha come back home, then they used to say gud night before calling it a day!

I had just a day off and it was quite hectic playing and trying to keep the boys busy the whole day. I guess every body's aim at home, including their sister, is to make sure the boys enjoy their day at home! Whenever I speak to their teacher, she tells me that they are such a sweet content boys. But then if they don't' be naughty, who else will be! I wonder why they feel so bored at home! These days their pass time is playing with water. They take mug full of water and keep playing with it or sit in their tubs and play with toys. They even did a social service to our building by cleaning the gate outside. We could do nothing but ensure they don't take their hands to their mouth! They even got their school work file, neatly pinned with their class photo. The school had neatly filed all their work sheets, I was surprised they even sat for few minutes to paint those sheets. But when it comes to watching an animal movie or something related, we can make Peddu sit in a place. He sat with Konda and watched Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend last evening. And he was so involved that he was crying when there was a break for Ads in between. I finally had to tell the story all over again before he slept.


Chinnu was playing on his own, movies or likes, least interest him! Since all of them were occupied, I thought I should prepare something that was long pending. I was thinking for quite a while on what to prepare for this month's Microwave Cooking event, and saw that most things that I planned were already done. The idea for this snack was on my mind for a long time, but never came around making it. Now I thought was the right time. I had fresh Brinjal on hand and decided to quickly pop them into the microwave.

Believe me, these got disappeared in seconds. The best part was the kids loving these crisp brinjal chips. I think I found the best way to make them eat brinjal, I have never known Konda eating brinjal and she said it was really yummy.

The recipe is so simple that I don't even have to write them in a format. You have a wide range to choose the masala you sprinkle over the brinjal slices and you can experiment over many. I just chopped them very fine, tossed them in 1 tsp of oil, sprinkled salt and chilli powder over few and micro for 6 minutes. They turned out to be very crisp. Finally sprinkled pepper and salt again.

Few slices had garam masala and cumin powder sprinkled. Everything taste good with Tomato sauce. Few slices were bitter maybe because of the brinjal, but overall the slices were yum!

While Konda wiped out the plate within seconds, Peddu ensured he licked the sauce bowl clean. He was looking so cute with sauce all over his face and he returned the bowl back, nodding his head to mean he has done a good job of saving me the trouble to wash!

I am happy I have something to contribute to my Microwave Easy Cooking, themed on Savory Snacks, hosted this month by the ever energetic Priya, who has so many recipes up her sleeves. I always wonder how she manages to cook so many!! Thanks Priya for taking time to host this event! Do rush up with your entries too.

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31 comments :

Priya said...

Belated Ugadi Wishes Srivalli.. Thanks for this yummy brinjal chips entry for MEC, even with a busy schedule..thanks a ton for letting me to host this wonderful event:)

Nags said...

these look so good! must try!

Divya Kudua said...

Such an easy and yummy recipe Valli!!Brinjal makes an appearance in our house only once in a while since we two are not so fond of it.But I'm sure we'll love this one..I mean,the recipe is so easy and can be put together in no time..Thanks Valli,for such an amazing dish..!!

aquadaze said...

Yippee...this is great srivalli...now I can fry the brinjal chips for my brinjal raita in the m/w and make it absolutely guilt free!!

Jayashree said...

Nice idea, Valli....will try it out.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

wow! I love this,and sure will try,coz I love brinjals! I too have to think something to send for the same:)

DEESHA said...

wow a baked version of begun bhaja .. loved it valli

jayasree said...

Thats a neat idea to make brinjal chips in MW. I think this will make a nice topping for pizza.

sra said...

So simple, Valli? No sweating the slices, then smearing oil on tray, etc etc? Great! I had a couple of big brinjals but made chutney this morning, wish I'd seen your post earlier!

Prashant said...

This sounds like an excellent recipe. Painfully simple and looks perfect. Think it'll work as snacks to go with the evening drink? Will try it.

homecooked said...

This looks superb! Cant believe you made it in the micrawave. Looks delicious.

SJ said...

Oh this one is a must try...I love brinjal i love my microwave!

Asha said...

School is almost over already there? We still have until June 15th and then school starts again in August.

MW Brinjal looks great, good entry!:)

Divya Vikram said...

Looks simple n easy. Great crispy snack..

Poornima Nair said...

I'm definitely gonna try this...looks awesome.

Madhu said...

Looks so good.. will give this a try.

Cham said...

MW Brinjal chips are good idea!

Lavanya said...

yummy brinjal chips..looks crispy :)

Superchef said...

these are soo easy and so delicious too..must try!!

A_and_N said...

This is PERFECT for my diet. And your Ugadi platter had me in tears. Sigh, home!

karuna said...

wowowo, brinjal chips in microwave, that is awesome. I rem in kolkatta we use to have something called "baigan bhaja". This is a lot healthier.

Cynthia said...

You are a microwave cooking goddess!

Kamini said...

You really are a superwoman, Valli!
The brinjal chips look great - usually they are soaked in oil, which is why I avoid them, but I have to try this method.

Sharmila said...

The bengali version of brinjal fry is deep fried .. so have almost given up making them. These are such a healthy alternative Sri! :-)

Vani said...

Brinjal chips sound great! I like anythingmade with brinjals! And your Yugadi thali looks fab, Srivalli!

Varsha Vipins said...

Keeper dish Valli..:)..I always make them fired with masala's n love it..This looks quick n fab..:)

sowjanya said...

They are looking great. A quick one to fix and yummy too. Thanks valli for a quick, easy and delicious dish.

Alka said...

I usually deep fry ;-) ,but these looks so wonderfully crisp,i could relish it with my staple lunch of dal rice....This looks really lovely valli !

Anonymous said...

Can you please tell me what kind of microwave you used? because when I tried it the way you describe... it got soggy not crispy! How do I make them crispy? did u mean oven? Please reply. Thank you

Anonymous said...

nevermind.. i got it crispy now.. 6 mins was too less.. had to keep for 9 mins. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Srivalli said...

Anon, I have an IFB microwave ovan. I did it in micro mode only and for me the time I mentioned was enough. The timing always varies from oven to oven I guess. Good to know you got it right..thanks for the feedback. I will update the post..

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