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Bagara Baingan Hyderabadi Style | Eggplant Masala Curry

Bagara Baingan Hyderabadi Style where baby eggplants are cooked in a zesty way with a unique blend of nutty spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian (South Indian)
Author: Padma Veeranki


  • 6-8 Baby Eggplants whole (make a + with stem intact)

For Masala Paste:

  • ¼ Cup Raw Peanuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Cm Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Fresh Coconut

Other Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Tablespoons Oil divided
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
  • ½ cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1-2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 teaspoon Jaggery Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander chopped


Prepping Eggplants:

  • Wash, pat dry eggplants and slit them perpendicularly in the centre.
  • Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a pan, place eggplants, add a little salt and shallow fry until tender. Set aside.

Preparing Masala paste:

  • Heat a pan over medium heat with 1 teaspoon oil.
  • Start off with peanuts, roast for 2 min. and then add coriander seeds followed
  • by cinnamon and cloves. Roast for a minute.
  • Now, add sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Roast for a minute.
  • Turn off the heat and finally add coconut and roast on the left over heat of the pan.
  • Cool down and grind to a fine paste.

Making the curry:

  • Heat 1-2 Tablespoons oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mustard & fenugreek seeds.
  • Add chopped onions, green chillies & sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Then, add ginger garlic paste, followed by chopped tomatoes. Sauté until they turn soft.
  • Sprinkle turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Now, add in the ground spice paste, sauté until it leaves oil.
  • Add tamarind pulp, salt & jaggery.
  • Add 1 cup water and bring it to boil.
  • Gently place shallow fried eggplants, simmer & cook for few minutes until done.
  • Serve hot bagara baingan with Hyderabadi biryani, roti or rice.