Baghara Baingan/ Curried brinjal recipe

Baghara Baingan/ Curried brinjal recipe

baghara baingan

This recipe is a popular one in Hyderabad. I learned this one from my mother-in-law whose family has Maharashtrian roots because this recipe is also popularΒ in Maharashtra. This is a favourite recipe of my husband’s hence it is made often when I get these perfect round, fresh purple brinjals. It take a little while to cook. But, it really is quite yummy and tastes even better when you have leftovers. So let’s dive right into this recipe:

Serves 4


1/2 Kg small, round purple brinjals/aubergine

For Dry Masala:

2 tbsp. white sesame seeds

4 tbsp. raw peanuts

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

4 cloves

1 small piece cinnamon

10 black peppercorns

2 tbsp. coriander seeds

1 tbsp. cumin seeds

15 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp. methi seeds

Wet Masala ingredients:

1 sprig curry leaves

1/2 fresh coconut

1 large onion

2 tsp. ginger garlic paste

salt to taste

2 tsp. tamarind paste

Oil for frying the brinjals and wet masala

Chopped coriander for garnish

1 tsp. kalonji (optional)


Clean, wash and dry the brinjals. Now slit each brinjal twice using perpendicular cuts making sure that brinjal is intact at its stem. Keep the brinjal immersed in water to prevent it from turning black.

Dry roast all the ingredients for the dry masala and powder them in a blender.

Now stuff some salt and dry masala inside the split brinjals and shallow fry in a little oil to get semi cooked. Take them out and keep them aside.

To prepare the wet masala, fry 1 tsp. kalonji, curry leaves, onion, ginger garlic paste and fresh coconut pieces in a tsp. of oil till lightly browned. Now blend in a blender to form a smooth paste.

Now take the wet masala paste in a kadhai/wok, add in the dry masala and the fried brinjal, add the tamarind paste and salt and a little water if the paste is very thick. Now simmer it over gentle heat for about 15-20 minutes till the brinjals are well cooked. Now taste and adjust seasoning. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice. It is delicious!

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5 thoughts on “Baghara Baingan/ Curried brinjal recipe

    1. I am sure you will do full justice to a food blog, Vids, considering your passion for writing and cooking. πŸ™‚ Yum this recipe is. My mouth was watering when I was typing it. πŸ™‚

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