Recipe 12: Masala Baingan

21 days, 21 home-chefs share their secrets…

Lakhi of SaffronStays Little Paradise is a veteran cook. She whips up the most delectable preparations with Bengali and Konkani touches. She shares the recipe of Masala Baingan, a dish that will have you, like our guests, licking your plate.


  •  ½ kg brinjals
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame seeds 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ginger 
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 chopped green chillies  
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds 
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 fried onions/ birista
  • 2 tbsp curd


  • Boil the poppy seeds and sesame seeds in water for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside to cool.
  • Grind the ginger, garlic, green chillies and half the cumin seeds into a fine powder masala.
  • Heat oil in a pan on a slow flame. Add salt, and fry the brinjal till soft. Keep aside.
  • Temper mustard seeds, remaining cumin seeds, curry leaves, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Add soaked poppy seeds sesame seeds, powder masala and tomatoes. Stir well. 
  • After 2 minutes add fried onions/ birista, curd and brinjal.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve hot with chapati. 

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