14 July, 2016
Tumgai Palya,Veggies that are Fruits
Tumgai Palya or Ennegayi Palya in Kannada refers to stuffed brinjal or Bharli Vangi as its called in Marathi.
In Dharwad we have special places where they sell jowari rotti, tumgai playa, kaal playa and somehow Pappa always brought mirchi bhaji with it.
My granny used to always say that Ghatprabha vegetables and dals are tasty. What she meant that food grown in Ghatprabha river basin is tastier. Maybe she was biased. I had all but forgotten about it till Mammi reminded me about it. Mammi had cooked yummy food as usual, and was explaining why she insists on carrying vegetables to Bangalore.
Whatever the basin I cannot forget the taste of the Tumgai Palya made by my aunts in Dharwad. No matter how much I help them and how many times I have made it under their supervision it better in Dharwad.
Basically the question that was asked was” do the brinjals have seeds?” Meaning : Are they tender, removed from the plant before the seeds have a chance to form. Then they proceeded to choose unmarked brinjals, absolutely no holes in the outer skin. Choose straight small ones the one that the stalk is a bit crooked maybe spoilt.
There is a green and white variety of brinjals that do not look attractive but they taste better. Buy them if you get a chance. Actually the once which have small thorns are now a dying breed they are the best.
To choose go for unmarked brinjals, absolutely no holes in the outer skin. Choose straight small ones the one that the stalk is a bit crooked maybe spoilt. Choose a few more than what you need. Why? The insides of the brinjal should be clean, no black marks or holes are good ones and can be used. The rest need to be discarded.
“Tum” is filling or stuffing and any vegetable or fruit that is not ripe is kai but t is pronounced as gai when referring to brinjal.
Forget it and enjoy the stuffed brinjal or “aubergine stuffed”!
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