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bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

bagara baingan is a delectable dish made with small aubergines in a medley of coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds, tamarind and indian spices.

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total time:
70minutes

bagara baingan recipe with step by step photos – bagara baingan is a delicious dish made with small aubergines. it is a popular vegetarian recipe from the hyderabadi cuisine and goes very well with biryani varieties or rotis or rice. this brinjal gravy is often made to serve as a side dish with biryani.

bagara baingan recipe

india is a country with multi cuisines. we all know that the north indian cuisine is different from south indian cuisine, but even the cuisines of the different parts of south india are different from each other. you see the cuisine of karnataka is different from the kerala cuisine.

even amongst the same states there are many differences. one such state is andhra pradesh. and it has both the andhra cuisine and the hyderabadi cuisine and they both are very different from each other. thanks to the nizams of hyderabad who have invented this rich cuisine – the hyderabadi cuisine is very popular in india as well as outside india too.

some of the vegetarian gems from the hyderabadi cuisine are mirch ka salan, bagara rice, khatti dal, veg haleem, zaffrani pulao, hyderabadi veg biryani and of course bagara baingan.

the faded memory of learning to make bagara baingan in my home science course days – is just that – faded. i had forgotten the existence of this recipe till a few years back one of my hyderabadi office colleagues told me about the recipe – again it disappeared into oblivion.

the bagara baingan recipe came to my head after a long long gap, when i had some fresh small aubergines (baingans) with me and did not know which style to cook it. the punjabi way or the goan way.

finally a book came to my help and i adapted this recipe from the chandra padmanabhan’s cookbook “simply south: traditional vegetarian cooking”. this book has many good recipes. varieties of south indian sambar, rasam and vegetable & rice recipes. it also covers our regulars – idlis, dosas and chutneys plus some south indian snacks and sweets. a few recipes i tried from this book and they were very good.

the bagara baingan recipe was very good and came out very well. bagara baingan goes well with biryani or rotis or rice. this hyderabadi baingan recipe and the goan/konkani aubergine recipe has 3 of my favorite ingredients in them: coconut, sesame seeds, peanuts.

if you are looking for more baingan recipes then do check baingan bharta, baingan bhaja, bharwa baingan and aloo baingan.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani
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bagara baingan recipe

bagara baingan is a delectable dish made with small aubergines in a medley of coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds, tamarind and indian spices.
course main course
cuisine hyderabadi, indian
prep time 25 minutes
cook time 45 minutes
total time 1 hour 10 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for bagara baingan curry

  • 250 grams small baingans (aubergines or brinjal)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

for bagara baingan masala paste

  • 1 medium to large onion, chopped or ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves chopped (lahsun) - optional OR 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped (adrak) OR 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons raw peanuts (moongphali)
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds (safed til)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 inch sticks of cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon peppercorns (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera)
  • 1 to 2 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 1 tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind (imli)
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves, chopped (dhania patta)
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water, for grinding

how to make bagara baingan recipe

making bagara baingan masala paste

  1. heat a tava and roast the following spices - 2 tablespoon raw peanuts (moongphali), 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini), 2 to 3 cloves (lavang), 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf), ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns (sabut kali mirch), ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera) and 1 to 2 black cardamoms (badi elaichi).

  2. when the spices become a light brown, add dry coconut to it.
  3. roast the spices with the coconut. a lovely aroma of the roasted spices and coconut will fill your kitchen.
  4. roast till the coconut gets light golden.

  5. once the spices + coconut mixture cools down, then add this mixture in a grinder. also add chopped onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves and tamarind .

  6. grind to a smooth paste with some water.

making bagara baingan

  1. quarter the baingan (aubergines) and soak them in salted water for 15-20 minutes.

  2. drain after 15-20 minutes. in a pan heat 2 tbsp oil and add the baingan (aubergine) and 1 teaspoon salt. saute over low fire for 8-10 minutes.

  3. the baingan should become tender.

  4. in another pan or in the same pan heat the remaining oil. add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  5. add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi).

  6. now add the masala paste and start to saute  it.

  7. continue sauteing the masala paste.

  8. saute the paste for about 9 to 10 minutes or till the oil starts to release from the sides. 

  9. now add 1.5 cups water. mix well and then add the cooked baingan. 

  10. simmer for 6 to 7 minutes or till the bagara baingan gravy thickens and you see oil floating on top.

  11. check the taste of of brinjal curry and add more salt if required. add coriander leaves and mix well.

  12. serve bagara baingan hot with rotis, phulkas, parathas, pooris or rice or biryani.

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preparation to make bagara baingan

1. rinse 250 grams small sized baingan (aubergines or brinjal) 2 to 3 times in water.

bagara baingan recipe

2. quarter the baingans (aubergines or brinjal) and soak them in salted water for 15-20 minutes. drain the baingan after 15-20 minutes.

bagara baingan recipe

3. meanwhile take the following spices – 2 tablespoons raw peanuts (moongphali), 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini), 2 to 3 cloves (lavang), 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf), ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns (sabut kali mirch), ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera) and 1 to 2 black cardamoms (badi elaichi).

bagara baingan recipe

4. heat a pan and keep the flame to a low. add all the spices. stir and begin to saute them. saute them till they become aromatic and light brown.

bagara baingan recipe

5. when the spices become light brown, add 2 tablespoon desiccated coconut to it.

bagara baingan recipe

6. roast the spices with the coconut. a lovely aroma of the roasted spices and coconut will fill your kitchen. keep stirring non-stop.

bagara baingan recipe

7. roast till the coconut becomes light golden.

bagara baingan recipe

8. once the spices + coconut mixture cools down, then add this mixture to the grinder.

bagara baingan recipe

9. also add 1 medium to large sized onion (or ½ cup chopped onion), 1 inch chopped ginger, 4 to 5 chopped garlic cloves, 2 to 3 chopped green chilies, 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and 1 tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind in the grinder. for less sourness, add ½ tbsp tightly packed tamarind. grind to a smooth paste with ½ to ⅔ cup water.

bagara baingan recipe

making bagara baingan

10. in a pan heat 2 tablespoons oil and add the baingan (aubergines).

bagara baingan recipe

11. next add salt as required.

making bagara baingan recipe

12. saute on sim or low flame for 10 to 12 minutes.

making bagara baingan recipe

13. this is how the baingan look after 12 minutes. the baingan should become tender. with a knife check the doneness. the knife should slid easily through the baingan.

making bagara baingan recipe

14. remove the cooked baingan and place aside.

making bagara baingan recipe

15. in another pan or in the same pan heat 1 tablespoon oil.

bagara baingan recipe

16. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) and let them splutter.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

17. add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi). mix well. keep the flame to a low, so that the turmeric powder does not burn.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

18. now add the ground masala paste and begin to saute it.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

19. continue sauteing the masala paste.

bagara baingan recipe

20. this is how the masala paste looks after sauteing for 10 minutes.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

21. saute the paste for about 9 to 10 minutes or till the oil starts to release from the sides.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

22. now add 1.5 cups water.

preparing bagara baingan recipe

23. stir and mix well.

making bagara baingan recipe

24. add more salt as required.

making bagara baingan recipe

25. add the cooked baingan to the gravy.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

26. stir and mix well. simmer for 6 to 7 minutes more or till the bagara baingan gravy thickens.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

27. you should see oil floating on the top.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

28. check the taste of brinjal curry and add more salt if required. add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. mix well.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

29. serve bagara baingan hot with rotis, phulkas, parathas, pooris or rice or biryani.

bagara baingan recipe, brinjal curry for biryani

dassana amit
Founder, Designer, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer ||

i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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25 comments/reviews

  1. Hi dassana,
    Can we add baingans towards the end directly & cook? Or they won’t cook nicely then?

    • ruchi, you can do this way also. but then baingan will take more time to cook. so you will need to add more water in the gravy. so cover and let the gravy cook. here you will need to check after 3 to 4 minutes as the masala can stick to the pan if not attended. so give a stir after every 3 to 4 minutes. add water as required.

  2. Wonderful recipe, love the way you explain in steps with photos, makes it so much easier!!! keep up the good work 🙂

    • thanks deepthi 🙂 for your kind words and positive views.

  3. Hi there,
    What do you mean by a lemon-sized tamarind ball? What is the equivalent amount of tamarind paste in a jar?

    • a lemon sized tamarind ball is about 1 tablespoon of tightly packed tamarind. if using tamarind paste, the just add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

  4. Hi
    What is shah jeera, and can I skip peanuts?

    • shahjeera is caraway seeds. peanuts are essential in this recipe.

  5. Is it compulsory to add tamarind?

    • yes tamarind is an essential ingredient. it gives what we call in hindi “khataas” in this recipe. if you add any other souring ingredient like lemon juice or dry mango powder, the taste will not be same.

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