Mar 07

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Chettinad Baingan Masala

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Brinjals are cooked in south Indian spices to make this flavorful side dish for any Indian bread or any flavored rice.

Wet Masala:

  • Poppy seeds – 1 Tbsp (Soak in 1/4 cup warm water for 10 mins)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Green Chillies – 2
  • Garlic – 3 Cloves
  • Fresh Coconut – 1/2 Cup

Dry Powder:

  • Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Peppercorns – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Fennel Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece
  • Roasted Gram Dal – 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

For the Gravy:

  • Oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 Cup
  • Brinjals – 6 no
  • Tomato (Chopped) – 1/2 Cup
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 2 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste


  • In a medium sized pan, add in 1/2 tsp oil then add in cumin seeds, peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cinnamon, dry red chillies and fry for 15 secs till they are frangrant. Finally add in curry leaves, dalia and fry for 10 more secs. remove the roasted ingredients into a plate and allow them to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile start preparing the gravy by heating the remaining oil in the same pan. Season with curry leaves. Then add in onion, brinjals, pinch of salt mix well. Cover and cook till brinjals and onion are 70- 80 % done.
  • So meanwhile make the fine powder from the roasted ingredients that we have kept aside.
  • And then make a smooth paste from the poppy seeds, green chillies, ginger, garlic, coconut and 1/4 cup of water and then set aside.
  • Add turmeric powder to the gravy followed by tomato, wet masala and cover to cook for 5 mins.
  • Add dry masala powder, 1/2 cup of water, salt, cilantro, cook for 3 mins
  • Serve with any Indian Bread or flavored Rice.
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  1. Krishna

    Thanks for the recipe , I tried it and it came out awesome :) thank you very much , I had bought baingan last week , and didn’t want to do the same one over and over , this was new , elegant and I can have it with either rice or roti

  2. stefanie

    I have made this dish twice, and both times it turned out absolutely delicious. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    1. admin

      Glad to know you liked it :)

  3. Ashritha

    Would u like to help me know how to prepare some special South Indian gravies. I wana impress my hubby.

    1. admin

      You can make Bagara Baingan, Aloo Kurma, Malabari Paneer Curry or this Chettinad Baingan Masala Curry. They all taste super delicious and they all are south Indian recipes. You can find the recipes for these dishes on my website! I’m sure your hubby loves them all :)

  4. Ashritha

    Would u like to help me know how to prepare some special South Indian gravies.

  5. balu

    I tried it came exactly it looked in ur video, I used mixed veg , perfect,
    Many thanks, all the best post many

    1. admin

      That’s really appreciated Balu, to give us your feedback! Glad that you liked the curry :) Will surely try to post more. Thanks!

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