How to make Khatte Baingan -

Brinjals cooked into a nice tangy gravy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Brinjals (बैंगन), Tamarind (इमली)

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Khatte Baingan

Khatte Baingan Recipe Card


Hindi: baingan
Also called by names like aubergine and eggplant, this purple hued fleshy vegetable is a versatile thing and fun to cook with. Dish-up a very traditional bharta with it, bake a lasagna with parmesan and eggplant or just fry it for a great accompaniment with dal-chawal, brinjal is versatile. To choose one without seeds, pick the lighter one with a smooth shiny skin.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Khatte Baingan Recipe

  • Brinjals 16 small

  • Tamarind 2 tablespoons

  • Stuffing

  • Ginger peeled 1 inch piece

  • Garlic peeled 5 cloves

  • Tamarind 1 lemon size ball

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Onions sliced thinly 2 medium

  • Green chillies finely chopped 6

  • Salt to taste

  • Coriander powder teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon


  • Oil

  • Whole dry red chillies 6 1 inch stick

  • Garlic peeled 2 cloves

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Mustard seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 8

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup


Step 1

Slit brinjals into four, without cutting them through and keeping the stalk intact. Soak in water. For the stuffing, grind ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Soak tamarind in warm water for about half an hour, squeeze and strain the pulp. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, add onions and stir-fry until translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, stir-fry until devoid of raw flavours.

Step 2

Add green chillies and stir. Add tamarind pulp, salt, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Stir-fry till oil separates. Sprinkle garam masala and remove. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 225º C. Grind the masala in a blender to a fine paste.

Step 3

Stuff the masala in between the slits of the brinjals and set aside. Brush a baking tray with one teaspoon of oil, arrange the brinjals and bake them for fifteen minutes at 225 º C. Alternatively shallow fry, covered, in a frying pan. Once cooked remove them onto a serving platter.

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