Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stuffed Baby Egg Plant Curry or Bharwaan Baingan

These little baby eggplants also known as Brinjals or Baingan (in Hindi) when stuffed with this spicy gravy is a very popular Indian vegetable curry recipe. Various states in India have their own variations with minor twists, but the basic nature or method is the same. Obviously being from North, my recipe is influenced by Rich Punjabi Cuisine. During the prep these baby egg plants are slit and stuffed with a spicy masala and then left to simmer in a rich and spicy curry.

Ingredients: -

  • 6-8 small Eggplants (Baby baingan)
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Garlic paste 
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour or besan
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder or amchoor
  • ¼ tsp turmeric/Haldi powder
  • 1 tsp corriander/dhania powder
  • 2-3 tbsp olive/cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds or jeera
  • Salt to taste

Method: -
Wash and split the eggplants into four parts, while keeping them together at the stalk. Keep them aside.

Put all other ingredients except cumin seeds and oil, in a mixer/blender and make a smooth paste.
Fill the split eggplants with half of the paste.

Don't these little beauties look adorable ????

When life gives you Eggplants - Stuff'em !!!!

Heat olive oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and let'em spatter.
Let us start roasting our eggplants in the oil and cover till cooked, ensure that you t
urn the eggplants and cook well from all sides.


Once both sides are cooked, put the remaining paste and cook for another 10mins on a low flame to prevent from burning.

Once cooked garnish with cilantro and serve hot with a Roti or Parantha. 

Can you Resist this ???

This dish was a star of our weekend Lunch.
Hope you give it a try & let me know how you liked it, cheers !!!


  1. Not only it looks beautiful but so delicious! What an unique and wonderful dish!!! Wonderful!!

  2. Beautiful dish, Sonia. I 'm a fan of eggplants and these cute little eggplants are making my mouth water.I bet they'd taste delicious with roti :)



  3. Yummy!!!These tiny brinjals are my personal fovorite.looking so inviting with parantha.Recipe,presentation &clicks all..MARVELOUS!!!!

  4. Fantastic flavourful eggplant curry,simply makes me drool..

  5. Oh wow, this sounds delicious! Have to bookmark this for later use. Thanks alot. Hope you're having a great day.

  6. My fav form to enjoy baingans...The masala looks so flavorful & aromatic,,
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. not kidding, my favorite dish ever! Ever- it looks like perfection and so beautiful and the flavors are so tempting and I MUST MUST make these this week. must

  8. I love baingan in all forms...and bharwa is always special.. I also add some raosted peanuts to get the crunch..Happy to follow you!

  9. Holy goodness, Sonia. They are just absolutely gorgeous to look at and I can just imagine their delectable taste. Does it sound like I'm gushing? I am!!!

    I can not wait to buy some baby eggplants and stuff them!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  10. I confess I don't like eggplants...but sonia these are making me drool! :)

  11. My parents adore eggplant, but I've only tried it a time or two. The first time it was so mushy I nearly couldn't get it down. I've not gone back. However, posts like this make me want to try again! Lovely photos!

  12. I've challenged myself to look for new ingredients every time I go to the grocery store, so I'll have to look for these eggplants and try out this recipe... It looks so delicious!

  13. Either it's bharwan baingan or kerala, I LOVE ALL OF IT! And served with parathas, it's like match made in heaven :D

  14. The only 2 dish i ever tried with baigan is bharta and baigan fry in typical bengali style. This one is looking interesting .. got to thy this sometime.
    Love that smokiinnn pic :)

  15. These look fantastic! I am sure it is very tasty with all those spices and the besan filling.

  16. Oh these baby eggplants are too cute! And what a fabulous flavorful curry.

  17. It's an interesting way to stuff in to the eggplant. It looks pretty too. I'd love to try this.


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