Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bagara Baigan

If you have ever been to a Hyderabadi wedding, you would have certainly tasted the famous Bagara Bairan (small brinjal’s in tasty gravy). I tried this recipe many times and never been disappointed so far. This goes perfect with roti/naan bread/white rice and most importantly Hyderabadi Biryani! Trust me when I say, no Hyderabadi wedding is complete without Bagara Baigan. It’s fairly simple, try this out!
Pardon my photography skills. I shouldn’t have used the flash.

The below recipe is for 14 small, round brinjals. Reduce/increase the quantity as needed.

Brinjals (obviously): 14
Ground nuts: 2 tbsp
Sesame Seeds: 2 tbsp
Grated Coconut: 4 tbsp
Onions: 2, finely chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
Cumin Powder: 1 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Chili powder: 1 tsp
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Tamarind: small lemon size melted in a cup of water (or according to taste)
Oil for frying


• Dry roast groundnuts, sesame seeds and coconut until you get the aroma and grind them fine with a little water. Actually roast them separately, not like lazy bum (like me) who roasts everything together.

• Wash the bringal’s and slit them length wise (crisscross), making sure that you stop as you are nearing the tip. Fry these in 2 tbsp of oil until brinjals change color and are ¾ cooked and remove from the pan. .
• In the same pan, add tbsp oil and fry the onions until translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste and fry for another 1 min.
• To this, add the ground powder of nuts, sesame and coconut. Fry for ½ min and then add cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powders and salt.

• Fry for another 2 minutes and add tamarind water and mix.
• Now, add the fried brinjal’s, gently stir and cover cook for another 5-8 minutes or until the gravy thickens.
• During this cover cook method, brinjals would cook to perfection.

Serve hot.


  1. This is very similar to ennegai (though there is a differnt version in my blog and there are many versions of ennegai and I do ennegai this way also) Looks so inviting and yumm!

  2. Yes Rach...this recipe is really famous in Andhra. I will check out your blog for your version.

  3. Wow looks so inviting..delicious brinjal recipe..certainly will have a unique flavor and taste..will try this ..thanks dear.

  4. I love baigan... and this looks too tempting!

  5. bharleli vaangi is my all time fav..Nice combo and delicious..

  6. Yummy curry the curry looks very inviting.Even i too prepare this curry.

  7. Madhu,Woundefull curry...Thanks for posting,will try this...

  8. @ Suja,it sure has a unique flavor. I love this recipe. I can almost have it twice a week :)

    @Rachana, how have you been? I am sure you will like this reciep.

    Vidhya, there are so many versions of making this bagara baingan recipe. But this takes the cake for me.

    Vineela, Its a great taste isnt it? You from HYD?

    Premalaths, thanks for stopping by.