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5 from 9 votes

Bagara Baingan Recipe

Yummy and delicious eggplant curry made with sesame and peanut sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 285kcal



  • 12 small eggplants
  • 4 tablespoon peanut butter or ¼ cup peanuts
  • 2 teaspoon tahini or sesame butter or 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 cup grated Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 teaspoon tamarind water or lemon juice optional
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger


  • Heat ¼ cup of cooking oil in a medium-size pan (Shallow fry).
  • As the oil heats up, partially slit the eggplant (Brinjals) into 4 sections, leaving the stem intact.
  • When the oil is ready, fry the eggplant until the skin softens completely. This is when the eggplants are cooked evenly. Set them aside.
  • Transfer the hot oil to a bowl and just retain a few teaspoon oils in the pan.
  • Saute ginger for about 30 seconds and as they begin to sizzle, add onions.
  • Fry the onions until they turn transparent and add chopped tomatoes. Continue to saute for a minute.
  • Add garlic powder, red chili powder, turmeric, coriander, and cumin powder. Continue to fry for another 2-3 minutes and add salt.
  • Turn the heat off and add tahini, peanut butter (Or roasted peanuts), and grated coconut. Blend it with ¾ cup of water.
  • Pour the blended gravy in the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • As the gravy begins to bubble, add the shallow-fried eggplants (brinjals) and stir well.
  • Cover and cook till the flavors are all absorbed by the eggplant.
  • Garnish well with coriander leaves.



If you are using fresh spices, sesame, and peanuts:
  • Dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds, and coriander seeds until browned and fragrant. 
  • Use this in place of tahini and peanut butter.
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg