Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bagara Baingan - Eggplants in a spicy peanut sauce

Just got back from yet another amazing 3 day camping trip! It was a fantastic weekend. Highlights are awesome food, great company from lovely friends, awesome beach and ofcourse a very enjoyable campfire talk. The downside was it was a lot hotter than anticipated. Now I have a very red nose and forehead and a sunburnt arm. Contradicting the daytime, nights were super cold and the temp dropped down to lower 50s. Luckily we were pretty much equipped for the chill weather and I had a peaceful sleep all three nights. It was pretty windy too sometimes. Just as we were finishing mounting our tents, a HUGE gust of wind blew our unmounted tent rolling it across our campsite several times. We were running behind it (literally) to get hold of it, but it was rolling faster than us until it hit a big bush and stopped. That was quite funny to watch and probably I would remember forever.

Campfires are great just watching and they have a magical way of bringing people together. Sitting around a campfire brings back warm memories. After cleaning up from an awesome dinner, we settled around the campfire and had a hearty laugh for hours. There is a sense of friendly atmosphere and a feeling that we are all one around the campfire. Whether liquor or Smores, those are always good times to enjoy during camping. We had a great time together this year too and its just too hard to get back to work this morning.

After coming back, as usual I long for some warm comfort food. I had emptied my fridge before I left, so had to buy some fresh veggies for dinner today. Found some fresh brinjals at store and decided to make this flavorful recipe. Bagara Baingan is one of my favorites and a friend of mine had also requested recently to post some eggplant recipes. Awesome combination for Briyani and Rotis.


Indian Eggplants (brinjals) - 10 small sized.
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger / Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Peanuts - 5 tbsp
White Sesame seeds - 3 tbsp
Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 3 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Tamarind Juice - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1 tbsp (optional)
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
Cloves - 3
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Corriander leaves - to garnish


1. Dry roast the peanuts in a pan (I usually buy the roasted peanuts from stores to skip this step). Add the sesame seeds to the peanuts and fry until both turn to a golden brown color with a nice aroma. Finally add the shredded coconut and fry for a min. Set aside, cool this mixture and grind them together with all the spice powders and salt to a smooth thick paste. Do not add too much water.

2. Slit the brinjals into quarters, leaving the stem intact.

3. Stuff the spice paste into the brinjals and arrange them in a plate. Leave some leftover of the paste aside.

4. Heat oil in a wide pan, season with cinnamon, cloves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

5. Once they splatter, add chopped onions and fry for a min. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 1 more min.

6. Now add the stuffed brinjals slowly in the pan and mix them until the brinjals are well coated with the onion mixture. If there's some leftover paste, add it now on the eggplants. Simmer the heat and cover for 5 - 10 mins.

7. When the brinjals are almost cooked, add the tamarind juice and jaggery and check for salt. If required, add accordingly. Boil in slow heat for a few more mins until the gravy thickens. Stir the mixture slowly to retain the shape of the brinjals.

8. Garnish with corriander leaves and remove from heat.

Enjoy with hot rotis or briyani!


Sharmilee! :) said...

bookmarked to try...looks yummy

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Bagara baingan gravy looks awesome.

srividhya Ravikumar said...

very new recipe..lovely..

Priti said...

Looks yum with those roti and tempting

notyet100 said...

Looks so comforting :)

Reva said...

Dish looks super delicious... Makes a hearty meal:) Bookmarked it dear.. will try and let U know the results..

Laavanya said...

I've been wanting to go on a camping trip... hopefully next year :) Sounds like a lot of fun. The curry looks fabulous.

Sujatha said...

Hi Laavanya, you should try camping, its lots of fun. I can give you lots of tips when you are ready :)

Jay said...

your recipe is too good..can't wait to give a try..
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Usha said...

Spicy inviting recipe, looks delicious !