Baigan/Brinjal / Aubergines Stir fry

Brinjal Fry AndhranBrinjal / Aubergines Stir fry

Cooking With Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplants:

Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant  is a vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of ways. It is excellent when grilled, stuffed, roasted, sautéed, puréed or served in soups or stews. It can also be used to make curries, stir-fries and kababs. Eggplants offer endless possibilities to try something different this year and in years to come. Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplants offer endless possibilities to try something different now and in future too. Naturally low in calories, fat and sodium, Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is also high in fiber and an excellent source of potassium, as well as folic acid, copper, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and magnesium.

Hi friends !

If you can’t remember the last time you ate Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant, this is the season for something new. As a gardener, be adventurous. Grow a new variety in your garden. As a chef, be creative. Try my new simple yet delicious recipe Brinjal / Aubergines Stir fry for your table.

Preparation Time : 5-6 minutes

Cooking time : 15-20 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Andhra pradesh

Course: Main, Vegetables

Cooking Level : Easy

Servings : 4


500 gms. Long Brinjals, Cut into Vertically Long Pieces

1/4 tsp Turmeric

2/3 tsp Salt

For masala / Paruppu podi :

2 tsp Coriander powder

1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

2 Red Chilies, whole

2 tsp black gram dal / udad dal

2 tsp Chana Dal/ bengal gram dal

3 tbsp Olive Oil or / any cooking oil of choice


Step 1.

Heat1/2 Tea Spoon of Oil in a pan and fry White Gram, Chana Dal, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Red Chilies. Transfer the mixture into a tissue paper for the oil to get absorbed.

Step 2.

Grind this mixture to powder and keep it aside for use later.

Step 3.

Add remaining oil in a fresh pan. Add cut long pieces of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant to the hot oil and let it cook covered on low flame. Stirring it at a regular intervals.

Step 4.

After the Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is half cooked add Turmeric and Salt.

Step 5.

After a few minutes add the masala /ground powder/ Paruppu podi .Cook for 5-6 minutes more, switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot with steamed rice or Indian breads of choice !

Some tips for cooking Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant for the new chefs :

Use good varieties that have been developed of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant for good flavor.

The Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant’s flesh discolors fast after being cut so it should be used right away. If you want to cook little later cut Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant slices / pieces can be lightly sprinkled with lemon juice to help prevent browning. Also, slice eggplant with a stainless steel knife to avoid blackening.

Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant is more than 90% water, the larger fruits also tend to release water when cooked. We can reduce the excess moisture by marinating the slices or cubes of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant with salt for 1-2 hours. Drain, rinse thoroughly to prevent excessive saltiness, and pat dry on a kitchen towel before using.

When deep-frying or pan-frying eggplant for the first time note that it absorbs high level of oil. To avoid excessive absorption of oil by the Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant prior to frying, the pieces / slices can be coated with bread crumbs or a flour.

Health benefits of Brinjals / Aubergines /Eggplant :

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like the eggplant decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Heart health

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating foods containing flavonoids is affiliated with a lower risk of mortality from heart disease. Consuming even small quantities of flavonoid-rich foods may benefit human health.2

Several studies show that consumption of the flavonoids known as anthocyanins has played a major role in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. One particular study revealed that those who consumed more than three servings of fruits and vegetables per week containing anthocyanins had 34% less risk of heart disease than those who consumed less. In another clinical study, researchers found that increased intake of anthocyanins was associated with significantly lower blood pressure.

Blood cholesterol

Research on the effects of eggplant consumption in animal studies has shown that rabbits with high cholesterol that consumed eggplant juice displayed a significant decrease in weight and blood cholesterol levels.5

Laboratory analyses of the phenolic compounds in eggplant reveal that the vegetable contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers found in plants. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to decrease LDL levels, and also serves as an antimicrobial, antiviral, and anticarcinogenic agent.4


Polyphenols in eggplant have been found to exhibit anti-cancer effects. Anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals and in turn prevent tumor growth and invasion and spread of cancer cells. They also stimulate detoxifying enzymes within cells and promote cancer cell death.3

Cognitive function

Findings from animal studies suggest that nasunin, an anthocyanin within eggplant skin, is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lipids comprising cell membranes in brain cells from free radical damage. It has also been proven to help facilitate the transport of nutrients into the cell and wastes out.6

Research has also shown that anthocyanins inhibit neuroinflammation and facilitate blood flow to the brain. This helps prevent age-related mental disorders and also improves memory.


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Spicy Brinjal Slices

Brinjal slices marinated      Brinjal slices 2

Marinated Brinjal Slices                                           Cooked Brinjal Spiced Slices


  • 1 Big Purple Brinjal
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Besan / Bengal gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder / Amchoor
  • 1 tsp jeera/ cumin seed, roasted and powdered
  • 2/3 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil


Step 1.

Cut the brinjal into around 1/2″ slices. Drop the slices in a bowl of water for around ten minutes.

Step 2.

Drain the water and spread the slices dry in a tray.

Step 3.

In a non stick pan roast gram flour on low flame, taking care not to over roast .Cool and keep.

Step 4.

Mix  in a bowl chili powder,turmeric, amchoor/ dry mango powder, Cumin powder, and salt.Apply this mixture  on the both sides of all the brinjal slices (marinate), keep for ten minutes.

Step 5.

Sprinkle roasted gram flour / besan on all the slices, both sides.

Step 6.

Heat little oil in frying pan.Place the brinjal slices gently in the pan. Shallow fry the slices on low heat. Brinjal absorbs oil so little oil is added gradually while frying.

Step 7.

Turn the slices around and fry till they turn golden brown on both sides.

Step 8.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note: Can be served as an appetizer before the main serving or as a side dish with the main course.This  delicious dish can be served with rice and all varieties of Indian Breads.

Chote Baingan Bharwaan / Egg Plant/Baby Brinjal Stuffed

Brinjals stuffed

The chote baigans / baby brinjals are slit and stuffed with dry spices /masala and then cooked on slow fire in a rich and spicy curry. It is a delicious North India recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian

Serves: 4-5


  • 8-10 small Brinjals /Eggplants (chote baingan)
  • 2 Large Onion
  • 2 large tomatoes (chopped and pureed)_
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 2/3 tsp red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp turmeric/Haldi powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander/dhania powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder or amchoor
  • 1 tsp cumin (roasted and powdered cumin seeds or jeera)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil/ or oil of your choice
  • 2/3 tsp salt/ or salt to taste


Step 1.

Wash and slit the brinjals into four parts, while keeping them together at the stalk. Keep them aside.

Step 2.

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Step 3.

Fill the split eggplants with the mixed dry spices.

Step 4.

Heat olive oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions and sauté them till golden. Add tomato puree and ginger \ garlic paste cook for few more minutes.

Step 5.

Add stuffed brinjals in to the onion, tomato mix , cover and cook. All the leftover dry masala to be added at this point. Keep turning the brinjals and cook well from all sides on slow fire.When brinjals are cooked from all sides, cook for another five more minutes on a low flame for blending well.

Step 6.

Once ready garnish with fresh Coriander leaves and serve hot with  tandoori Roti , chapatti or Parantha (all Indian breads).

Hope you would give it a try , it is a delicious side dish with the main course & let me know how you liked it !