Vaangi Bhaath or spiced brinjal rice is a speciality in many states mainly from Maharashtra but very famous down south in Karnataka and Tamilnadu , 

It features as one the most popular rice  preparations and served in many functions too . 
Am not an ardent fan of brinjals in any form , but  having lived in Karnataka for  many years , I have tasted it very frequently even served in some weddings . Reluctantly I relished the dish for its spicy taste and somehow brinjals seemed right for this dish.

Ingredients :

For vangi baath masala powder

2 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp Chana  dal
1 tsp black gram dal 
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 red dry Kashmiri red chillies 
2 cloves
Small piece of cinnamon 

2 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of asafoetida powder
4 -5 peppercorns 
2 tbsp desiccated coconut powder / kopra

Other ingredients 

1 cup basmati rice or a long grain 
1 1/2 cups chopped brinjals 
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions 
1 small green chilly chopped
Salt to taste 
Chopped coriander leaves 
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp oil 
1 tbsp peanuts
8 Cashewnuts 


Roast the vangi baath powder  ingredients. Keep aside to cool and then grind to a powder and keep aside till required .

In a pan add some oil, cumin seeds , add some peanuts and Cashewnuts . 
When they roast golden remove and keep aside . Now add the green chillies , sliced onions and sautée for few seconds. Now add the chopped brinjal pieces , mix well, and add the roasted ground vaangi baath powder, add the roasted  Cashewnuts and peanuts . 

Add water enough to cook rice and brinjals . Usually for basmati rice with vegetables  we can add for 1 cup rice plus vegetables , around 2 cups water . depending on the quality of rice you  use , decide on water requirements .  Next after adding rice , salt, pinch of turmeric powder some chopped coriander leaves and cover and cook till rice is done .

Open the lid and stir gently to fluff out  the rice with a fork
Serve tasty aromatic vangi baath with any raita or papad. 

This can be easily prepared in a  rice cooker too .