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My anti-brinjal friend

I am unable to understand the recent fuss over the genetically modified BT brinjal. And you’d be surprised to know that I found my best friend when she seemed to accept me with my dislike for this vegetable. I loathe brinjal. I find it very tasteless. So, I eventually gave it up.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2010 13:01 IST
Vasudha P Rao

I am unable to understand the recent fuss over the genetically modified BT brinjal. And you’d be surprised to know that I found my best friend when she seemed to accept me with my dislike for this vegetable. I loathe brinjal. I find it very tasteless. So, I eventually gave it up.

I find the vegetable to be very mushy, especially when it is part and parcel of sambhar or gravy. As a result I am forced to stay away from the sambhar or the gravy too. It blends in the entire dish and then I cannot eat the remnants without separating the brinjal. If I had my way, I’d do away with this vegetable itself.

Brinjal is also called eggplant. The name itself is non-vegetarian. I somehow have a feeling that the eggplant appears like fish when cooked. Being a vegetarian, this puts me off further. Furthermore, the consistency of the veggie along with the seeds when cooked just gives me the creeps! When the brinjal is cooked alone, like the Brinjal Bharta or in the Bharwan Baingan, I am just sure, it must taste awful!

Really, I fail to understand how somebody can relish any preparations made from the brinjal. My friends have tried to make me develop a taste for this vegetable, but you know, I am a tough cookie when it comes to baingan and everything associated with it. One of my friends told me that she had this aim, to make me eat baingan. I was amused — one must surely have a better goal in life, other than making one develop a passion for brinjal!

I love Undhiyon but that too without the brinjal. One of my friends got Surti Undhiyon for me sans brinjal. She especially requested the cook not to add baingan to the dish. She is now my best friend now for obvious reasons! I am at a loss to make head or tail of this hullabaloo over the genetically modified baingan. On the contrary, I am of the opinion, that all humans should be genetically modified so that they have better tastes!