Masala Baigan / Eggplant cooked in spicy gravy

You  either like or hate eggplants . I happen to be one who likes eggplant. Masala baigan is one of the recipes that i look to cook. It looks and tastes special so good for cooking for company too provided your guest likes eggplant:).  Here is my take on masala baigan. I use tomato and tamarind both but you can use only tomato too but the combination of tamarind and jaggery gives this curry its signature taste.

Eggplant - 10 ( Small purple or green)
Onion Puree - 1/2 cup
Tomato Puree - 1/2 cup
Tamarind Paste - 1/2 tsp ( tamarind gives the curry a unique sweet
                                          sourness which tomato alone will not do)
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Groundnut - 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds  - 1 tsp
Dry Coconut  - 1 tbsp grated
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Chilli Pw - 2 1/2 tsp
Coriander Pw - 2 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste

1. Roast groundnut , semame, coconut on at a time.
2. Grind it together to a smooth powder.
3. Heat oil and add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
4. Add onion puree and cook till onion turn golden.
5. Add turmeric, coriander, chili and cook for 1-2 minutes.
6. Add tomato puree and tamarind  cover and cook till oil starts to separates.
7. Add the powder from step 1 and mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
8. Slit each eggplant three quarter of the way into 4 halves .
9. Add it to the mixture and add jaggery and  1/2 cup of water.
10. Add garam masala and cover and cook till eggplant is done.
11. Garnish with coriander leaves and  serve.

The gravy can be used to cook other vegetables too . I like to add fried Okra , Broccoli , Cauliflower and  Potato in the gravy.

I'm sending this to event  Think Spice : Tamarind   @ seduceyourtastebuds started by  Sunita  : Think spice

Also sending this to  MLLA23 @ thewellseasonedcook


  1. Nisha, I am just now learning about the food of your country. I must say everything you've posted looks wonderful and I'll be back often to see what you've been making. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. nisha like u i am grt fan of this beautiful vegetable..what a simple recipe yarr..really liked this baigan masala.i think here u used the green one..looks so superb..

  3. This looks spicy and delicious. I love eggplants but mu family doesn't. Never mind. I can cook and enjoy it all alone :D

  4. Bharleli wangi means stuffed eggplant is my all time fav. It goes well with jawari chi bhakri. Looks so much tempting and delicious...
    Do visit me if you can, I am following you.

  5. Slurppp!!lipsmacking masala baingan..

  6. i am fan of brinjal and this masala curry sounds new to me.bookmarking

  7. Nisha,,nice brinjal gravy dear very nice spicy gravy..Nicely cooked n well presented dear.

  8. I am in your club too...always love eggplant:)brinjal curry looks tempting and tasty!

  9. Even I luv eggplants so many varieties n recipes...i also make masala baigan but diff way...ur version sure luks yummy, will give it a try.

  10. Yummy baingan masala ..spicy gravy looks very tempting.

  11. and spicy baingan Nisha..delish!!

    Kairali sisters

  12. Wow! Looks spicy and rich!Mouth watery...

  13. Nisha, thanks for visiting my space. The masala baigan looks spicy and yummy.

  14. mmmm very tasty n spicy recipe....
    do drop in sometime

  15. Hey Nisha...Thanks for dropping in....guess time to book mark recipes from ur blog too...the look of the curry is itself mouthwatering....

    U have a very lovely space dear...
    glad to follow u...

  16. The curry looks just AWESOME!!....yum!!

  17. I love this dish.Thanks for sending it across for the event

  18. ur masala baingan recipe is awesome :).. lovely pic.. it looks very delicious :)

  19. This looks so nice! Do yo think I can make it without tamarind paste? I don't think that I can find it where I am now...

    Lovely Blog!


  20. Awesome dear...looks fabulously yummy!!

  21. I never liked eggplants! But simply likes it if it's made in such a gravy! Pass me a plate pls! ;)

  22. Thats a really spicy and tasty dish..One of my friends make a similar dish with eggplants..Love it!

  23. Looks spicy and tangy eggplant..

  24. Thanks for visiting my visit when time permits.Nice to know you..You have a lovely space and amazing recipes..Masala baingan looks yummy!love it..

  25. Nisha, I'm just jumping in again to say hello and let you know how glad I am you came to visit my site. I hope you will come often. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  26. Nisha, I prepared this yesterday and everyone at home enjoyed it with chapati (even my 3 year old son). I did it with small purple brinjals. Thank you for the recipe. Swapna.