Khatte Baingan is a very popular Brinjal (Eggplant/ Aubergine) delicacy served throughout the country. It is a must have with Biryani and tastes delicious. The recipe of this dish varies from region to region. Some recipes call for curds but we prepare this dish using tomatoes and tamarind. Khatte Baingan can also be served with chapathis, rotis or as a side dish with rice.


¼ kilo Brinjals cut into 4 pieces
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp sesame seeds (til)
½ tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tomatoes deseeded and pureed
1 small lemon sized ball tamarind
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp salt
coriander leaves
Oil for frying


Wash and pat dry the Brinjals with a towel, and deep fry in oil till it slightly changes colour. Once done, transfer this to a plate and set aside. Wash and extract the pulp of tamarind and keep ready. Now heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and saute for a minute. Next add black peppercorns and sesame seeds and saute for a few seconds. Then add ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes. Then add tomato puree, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and cook till oil starts separating. Then add coriander leaves and tamarind pulp. Bring the gravy to a boil and finally add the fried Brinjals. Stir well and continue to cook for a minute. Then reduce heat, close a lid and cook for 5 minutes or till the gravy starts thickening. Delicious Khatte Baingan is ready to be served.


  1. I have prepared this with curd also but felt tamarind gives a tangy feeling...Looks delicious

  2. Nice tangy baigan curry.. like it with jowar ki roti..

  3. mmmm.... mouth watering dish..

  4. Super tempting gravy,salivating here.

  5. the sweet and sour taste of eggplant will make it more delicious.. very yummy..

  6. I make it the same way with tomatoes and tamaring.. So tangy and good.. But I don't add sesame seeds, they must give a unique flavor and aroma :)

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  7. nice way of cooking brinjals..I will give this a try as my mom loves brinjal:-)

  8. Haven't tried the sour version,yummilicious!!

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  9. yummy n delicious.....not yet tried this version...

  10. Wow! This is such a quick and simple the flavours going into this. Perfect side dish for rotis....must try!

  11. Delicious and it is a best accompaniment for biriyani....
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    1. Bagaare baingan is indeed the best accompaniment with Biryani..
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  12. wow...this looks absolutely delicious !!!!I have always made this recipe with curd....I'll try this with tamarind this time :-)

  13. hi amina, great, brinjal is aone of my favorite veggeie. glad to try this out. wassalam. have a nice day

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  15. This is mainly served in Kerala Restaurants here....and my hubby is huge fan of this recipe...bookmarking...let him surprise with this the combine taste in the recipe...

  16. This looks absolutely yummy...

  17. Nice tangy curry, looks good..


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