Brinjal stir fry (Airfried)

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Hola! Who dat person who picks veggies from their backyard fresh to make their food? It me!!! and it’s true and I couldn’t be more excited. But oh well, it’s not exactly backyard. It’s a 2 minutes walk from my house within the community. There is a small patch of land reserved for residents within community who are free to carve out a small piece for themselves and grow/ tend to plants. My mil & I took a small portion when we moved here and we have had a decent season with brinjals/ tomatoes and some greens. I have always grown up in cities and have only seen Tulsi plant in the balcony growing up. From that to being able to grow veggies (however less in quantity) is a gratifying experience and feeling. We now almost always end up having brinjals weekly once (and since it’s my fil’s favourite, no complaints there about a repeat dish all the time :)).

Anywho, I picked these brinjals day before yesterday from our patch and decided to do a quick air fry! I love air frying brinjals out of the lot because they turn out both crispy (outer layer) and soft/ mushy (inner layer) and that is just perfect because sometimes when you air fry some veggies, they end up dry.

On a personal front, Adya, mil & fil will be back in a few days. So it’s my last weekend of being a vetti officer. While I enjoyed the break from A and had a lot of time for myself (aka binge watched Netflix), I can’t wait for the little vaandu to be back to rule over my life :). I honestly didn’t think I’d yearn for him to come back but I do! So yayyy, can’t wait for April 6th :).

Brinjal stir fry (Airfried)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 1 person
  • 3 nos medium brinjals
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  1. Wash and remove the brinjal stalk and then chop the brinjals into small cubes.

  2. Place the chopped brinjal in a bowl of water and then scrub the brinjal cubes with your fingers (to get rid of seeds as much possible).

  3. Remove the brinjal from the water. Repeat this wash/ scrub process once again.

  4. Now place the brinjal on a kitchen towel & gently pat it dry (there will some seeds that will tap off at this stage as well).

  5. Finally place the washed/ dried brinjal cubes in a dry bowl. To this, add 1/8t turmeric paper, 1/8t asafoetida, 1/2t red chilli powder, 1/4t salt, 1t vegetable oil and mix everything together ensuring the brinjal cubes are all coated with the seasoning.

  6. Spread the brinjal cubes on an airfryer basket and airfry for 20mins in a preheated airfryer oven at 200c

  7. Once done, take it out of the oven, transfer to a bowl/ plate and have hot hot!

Recipe Notes
  1. I have an airfryer oven at home. If you use an airfryer, then you might need to airfry this only for 10 mins or so. 
  2. You can pan fry this dish as well. Would require a bit more oil than this recipe calls for though. 
  3. I love making veggies in my airfryer oven because it’s such a time saving as well as super tasty result option. 
  4. Ensure to pat dry the brinjal cubes before mixing with seasoning & oil. Else the output would be soggy. 

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