I made this aloo baingan yesterday as a side dish for my chappatis. I prepared my own masala powder for making this... Just because, I'm bored using the same garam masala for almost all my side dish recipes.


Masala Powder :
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Corriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Peanuts - few
  • Cloves - 2
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies - 3 or 4
  • Coconut - 1 tbsp, shredded
Aloo baingan:
  • Onion - 1 big, chopped
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Potato - 1 big, boiled, peeled and cubed
  • Eggplant - 2 cups, chopped
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece, shredded
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro leaves - few, chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Masala powder - 2 tbsp or as per taste
  • Oil - as required (up to 6 tbsp)
How to make it:

Masala powder:
In an un-oiled pan, fry all the above ingredients except coconut until they turn light brown. Let it cool. In the same pan, fry coconut until it gets dry (without oil). Grind everything into a Coarse powder.

Aloo baingan:
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry potatoes and eggplant separately. Add a dash of salt and corn flour (if preferred) while roasting. Take it out. Set aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions, cilantro leaves, curry leaves and ginger and fry until light brown. Add the tomato and saute until it becomes soft. Add the masala powder and turmeric powder and fry for few minutes until the raw smell leaves. Add 3/4 cup water, fried eggplant and potato and cook until it thickens. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve. The masala was mild and we all loved it! Those fed up with the garam masala that gives the same taste for every dish can try this... :)

I'm sending this to EC for her Event WYF: Side dish

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33 Responses
  1. The dish looks so delicious ANu, the masala powder sounds very intresting with the fenugreek seeds and other spices, a must try dish for me :)

  2. Jaishree Says:

    Aloo Baingan Looks so delicious anu.. As gita said Masala powder sounds interesting. will try your version soon:)

  3. Jaishree Says:

    Aloo Baingan Looks so delicious anu.. As gita said Masala powder sounds interesting. will try your version soon:)

  4. Priya Says:

    Aloo baingan looks tempting, love the spices in masala powder..

  5. Asha Says:

    Give me that dish with any style you want, ready to eat! :D

    Love it, looks delicious.

  6. Madhumathi Says:

    your aloo baingan looks so yummy.Love your version..will try this :)

  7. Uma Says:

    your masala powder sounds so good and aromatic. Aloo baingan looks so mouth-watering.

  8. Pooja Says:

    wow looking delicious anu..

  9. Looks delicious Anu.. nice entry..

  10. Vishali Says:

    who doesnt love Alu Bhaingan ;) .....ur recipe looks delicious....

  11. n33ma Says:

    Your Masala powder sounds excellent,no wonder the dish looks so good.

  12. wow.. ur spice powder sounds very interesting and yummy. must have tasted great.

  13. Cham Says:

    Who say no to this classic side dish! Yum

  14. Anu Says:

    Looks very delicious :) Loved ur style ;-)

  15. Superchef Says:

    you masala powder sounds very interesting, ANu. Even Im getting bored of the regular garam masala powder. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  16. Ashwini Says:

    Looks so delicious..The masala is interesting..

  17. Look yummy,colorful and delicious. Masala powder sounds interesting. Will try this version soon.

  18. Its always best to use home made masala's..I use the one made by my Mom..:)
    The dish looks yum perfect..baingan n aloo makes a great combo..:)

  19. EC Says:

    That is a very popular combination in vegetables...nice tempting pics..thanks for the entry

  20. Divya Vikram Says:

    Long since I dropped by ur blog. Lovely combo of aloo n baingan..

  21. Varunavi Says:

    Nice combo anu, will try this.....

  22. looks absolutely yummm;
    Aloo Baigan using your own homemade masala powder.....that must be tasting mmmmmmm, and moreover I don't think they use peanuts and coconut in the store bought garam masala, no?

    there can be nothing in the stores to level the personalized home made masala powders... good work;

  23. A_and_N Says:

    Nothing beats fresh homemade masala both in terms of aroma and taste :) Nice recipe Anu :)

  24. Premyscakes Says:

    Aloo baingan, i would like to make it as my style too, too good.

  25. Trupti Says:

    Anu,aloo baingan looks delicious

  26. vidhas Says:

    Lovley combo Anu. Plate looks inviting. Masala powder sounds awesome.

  27. VIDYA VENKY Says:

    lovely recipe anu i feel soo hungry...parcel it for me

  28. Lovely color and I am drooling over I am an Aloo fan... First time here gorgeous blog and a vivid collection of recipes too... Shall keep visiting...

  29. Priya Sriram Says:

    Looks awesome Anu! Love the colour, would love to have it with roti! :)

  30. miss v Says:

    yum. i totally love potatoes... i bet i could try it with some canned potatoes (all i have right now).

  31. Looks really yum! I love Baingan too...

  32. RAKS KITCHEN Says:

    Never tried this combo before! But have heard ... Looks perfect as subzi for roties!

  33. Jayanthi Says:

    Aloo baingan not only looks awesome, I made them today it tastes awesome. Hubby liked it too...thanks
    I loved the masala powder.
    Any other dish I can use this masala powder?I ve prepared a bottle full and stored in the fridge.