Monday, June 28, 2010

Bharlelya Kandyachi Bhaji/ Stuffed Onion Curry

'Bharlelya Kandyachi Bhaji' is a traditional Maharashtrian dish in which small white onions are stuffed with a sweet and spicy coconut masala. The onions truly shine like a star on their own in this dish with coconut and the goda masala (Mahrashtrian garam masala) being the key ingredients. This extremely flavorful curry goes very well with bhakris, chapatis or even plain dal- rice. This masala can also be used to stuff other veggies such as baby eggplants, potatoes, okras or ivy gourds.

Ingredients -
4 small white onions
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida
2 tbsps goda masala/ garam masala
1 tbsp grated jaggery
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
salt to taste

Method -
1. Peel the onions and make one vertical and one horizontal slit in the onions taking care not to go all the way through as shown in the picture below.
2. In a bowl, take grated coconut, chopped cilantro, goda/ garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, jaggery and mix well.
3. Stuff the coconut masala very gently into the onions without breaking them. Save the remaining masala for the gravy.
4. Heat some oil in a pan and add mustard seeds
5. When the mustard seeds splutter, add hing/ asafoetida and turmeric.
6. Add the stuffed onions and mix gently. Cover the pan and cook the onions for 7-10 mins turning them occasionally.
7. Add about 3/4 cup of water and remaining masala. Cover and cook for sometime till onions are cooked well.

This goes to Healing Foods -Onions event hosted by Priya for the month of June and started by Siri of Siri's Corner. I'm also sending this to Think Spice - Think Garam Masala event hosted by Sara's Corner for the month of June and started by Sunita of Sunita's World.


Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

ahhh,..yum tempting n delicious onion dish....looks so mouthwatering

Priya said...

Never had this sort of stuffed onion curry, looks fabulous and yummy..Thanks for sending Rachana..

Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) said...

Rachana, that looks amazing. I love the idea of stuffing the onions in a curry.

Really wonderful and is one I have to make!

Rachana said...

Wow! A very delicious stuffed onion curry! Bookmarked!

Panchpakwan said...

Wow looks so spicy and tempting kandyachi bhaji..goda masla make it more flavourful..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow Rachna, that is a wonderful and such a new/innovative recipe for me. I have bookmarked and will surely try it out later.

Satya said...

very yummy tempting dish ...never tried this sort of dish ,sounds interesting..thanks 4 sharing rachana

Mints! said...

I am seeing this after ages!! I should make it soon. Thanks for reminding me :)

Pari said...

Hi Rachana, It's been ages I had this, my granny used to make this. Let me see if I can get hold of the white nagpuri onions.
Mastach ahe!!!

Apu said...

Looks delicious!!

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Lovely onion dish. Thanks for the entry Rachana.

Rachana said...


I made this curry today and it was a hit at my place:-) Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!