December 31, 2010

Bengan Masala (Bringal / Eggplants in a spicy gravy)

Bengan is a different vegetable I feel. What I like most about it is its color.... :))  Well Bengan is also cooked in lot of different ways. Bengan bharta, Bharvan bengan , Masala Bengan , Sukhi bengan ki sabzi and so many more. Bengan is also cooked in many different gravies. I got this recipe from my paternal aunt. Thanks to her :)


Serves 2

2-3 Bengans (Bringal/Eggplant)
1 1/2 tbsp dry Coconut grated
2 Cups finely chopped Onion divided
1 tbsp Sesame seeds (til)
1 tbsp Poppy seeds (khus khus)
Slits of 2 Garlic Cloves
2 tbsp roasted Peanut crush
Red Chili powder as per taste
Salt as per taste
2-3 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Turmeric powder
2-3 tbsp Oil
Mustard and Cumin seeds for seasoning
1-2 tsp Sugar


1. Wash the Eggplants. Take off the stems and cut into 4-6 vertical slits each.

2. Heat just a 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1 Cup onion and saute for 4-5 minutes. Now add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic slits and coconut and saute again. We want to get the roasted flavor of these ingredients. Mean while you can microwave the eggplant slits and half cook them.

3. Now grind all these in a grinder. Add just enough water and make a paste.

4. In a same pan heat the remaining oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and when they sizzle add remaining onion to it. Saute again till it turns translucent.

5. Now add the paste from the step 2 and the masalas. Saute till the oil separates out from them. Stir occasionally.

6. Add about 2 Cups of water, salt,sugar, peanut crush and eggplant slits. Cook till everything blends and the eggplant cooks well


  • If  dry coconut is not available you can also use the fresh grated coconut.
  • I have a masala called as Kanda Lasun masala which I use instead of regular Garam Masala. This Kanda Lasun masala is unique to Maharashtra so I guess many would not be aware of it.
  • Try having curd in your meal along with this sabzi. Curd goes very well with this sabzi.

Sending to Dish out-Brinjal & Garlic guest hosted by Sangee,event by Vardhini..


  1. Delicious baingan masala..Happy New Year Sayali

  2. thts looks spicy n flavorful dish....looks so tempting sayali...happy new yr

  3. Yummy flavorful brinjal curry,Happy New Year Sayali

  4. Looks so delicious. Baingan is definitely a fav for me. Happy new year! :)

  5. I am sure no one could resist this yummmy gravy. Eggplants look great immersed in that spicy gravy.

    Happy New year:)

  6. Slurp, mouthwatering masala..WIshing u a happy and prosperous new year..

  7. Love your spicy gravy dear, love the texture of it.

  8. Yummy ... Perfect for my event ....

  9. peanut, coconut, eggplant... this looks so mouthwatering delicious!

  10. It looks very yummy, I love eggplant dish, this is a very good one.

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  12. I tried this began masala and let me tell you, that dish was too tasty.we really liked it.

  13. All your recipes looks delicious!

  14. wow...lovely masala,looks too tempting..
    thanks a lot linking it to the event..
    Spicy Treats
    OnGoing Event ~ Dish It Out-Brinjal n Garlic


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