Jan 12, 2012

Tawa Baigan / Tawa Brinjal Masala / Batter Fried Brinjal Masala / Pan Fried Eggplant Masala

I love cooking with brinjals and amma loves eating it..I too love brinjals a lot, but there was a time when I totally hated it..I don’t know what made me to love brinjals, now I am totally addicted to it and as a result I have a whole lot of recipes in my blog…You can check it through my recipe index.

When I first came across this recipe, I know I am going to make it soon..And on new year this recipe became a part of our vegetarian feast…Amma loved it a lot and even my sister who doesn’t like brinjal enjoyed this recipe..

This dish gets it unique flavour from the kasuri methi which we add to it..This one is readily available in india..And for those folks outside india, it is wicked easy to make..Take a bunch of fresh fenugreek leaves and sun dry them or just throw them in a moderate oven till it is completely dried..Store this freezer(for more safety) and use it as needed.

I served it with Tomato kulambu & Valakai poriyal (iyengar style)

 If you don’t get fenugreek leaves, you can grow them on your own..It grows so easily in any climate..Take some fenugreek seeds and throw them in a small pot covered with mud…Sprinkle water often and within few days you can see tiny plants growing from that..You can use that as needed. Hope you are clear now, without any delay here you go to the recipe..

Recipe Source: Hobby Chef


Brinjals – ½ kg cut into rounds
Onion- 1 large sliced
Tomato- 2 large chopped finely
Green Chilli – 1
Chilli Powder – 1tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi -1 tblspn
Amchoor Powder / Dry Mango Powder -1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi – ½  tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam -1 tsp
Kasuri Methi Leaves / Dried Fenugreek leaves – 1 tblspn
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro – for garnishing
Sal to taste
Oil- 5 tblspn

For Batter:
Gram Flour / Kadalai Mavu / Besan – ½ cup
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi -1 tsp
Amchoor Powder / Dry Mango Powder -1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi – ½  tsp
Kasuri Methi Leaves / Dried Fenugreek leaves – 1 tblspn
Salt to taste


In a mixing bowl take gram flour and all the ingrediants given for batter except oil. Add water and make into a batter, it should be like dosa batter consistency.

Heat 1 tblspn of oil for one batch of frying brinjals in a tawa..Dip the Brinjals in this batter and fry it for 3 mins on each sides on a medium heat till cooked. Finish the entire batch like this. Remove them on to a plate and set them aside.

Heat 2 tblspn oil in a kadai. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Now add onions and green chillies and mix well.

Add salt, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, amchoor powder, kasuri methi leaves and mix well.

Throw in tomatoes and cook for 3-4 mins untill the tomatoes turn mushy. Add in curry leaves and toss well.

Throw in the cooked brinjal pieces and mix well in the masala.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice..

Take all your ingrediants
Prepare them
take gram flour in a bowl
add all spices given in the list
Pour some water and mix well
dip brinjals in this
and fry them in a tawa
cook on both sides till golden
remove onto a plate
Make Masala Now..Heat oil in a kadai
add cumin
now onions & green chilli
saute well
add salt
amchoor & turmeric
chilli & coriander
kasuri methi leaves
and tomatoes
mix well..Add curry leaves too
Toss well
Cook till tomatoes turn mushy
add brinjals
and mix well
add coriander leaves
and serve
Perfect with rice
A close shot


  1. yummy kathirikka recipe. as always, clear step by step instructions

  2. this is awesome.. it will be a super hit if sold in restaurants..

  3. I did not like eggplant till I had it made well! Yours looks excellent...mmmmmm.

  4. Nice recipe..this is a lovely dish made by combining pakodas into a wonderful subzi..bookmarked ! And like the addition of kasuri methi as well.

  5. super brinjal fry,would love to try this recipe.thx u!!

  6. Ah yes I used to dislike brinjal too. Thanks to my husband I am enjoying it more and more these days. I ll check out your other brinjal recipes for inspiration.

  7. This is a really different recipe with brinjal. I hope this helps me in succeeding in making my husband eat brinjal. :-)

    Can u please join my food blog. I have just started it and would appreciate if u could join and keep in touch.



  8. I love this dish...anything from eggplant family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. :)

  9. Delicious and yummy looking tawa baingan.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Wow, the brinjals look very tempting, I wud have some right after shallow frying, before adding to masala, bookmarked this..

  11. Brinjal is my fav..looks spicy and yummy

  12. Mouthwatering recipe.......hmmmm yummy yummy

  13. mouthwatering recipe dear...bookmarked.

  14. I am not a huge fan of brinjals, but if you make it this way, i guess I would be a die hard fan now on.
    Love Ash.

  15. Sounds so good - interesting to see how they are made
    Mary x

  16. This looks and sounds really delicious and I love the vibrant color of it. I'm your newest follower and will enjoy looking around your blog now.

  17. This looks so yummy and I'll bet I could make it. Thanks for the tip on growing fenugreek...I'm going to try it.

  18. You are so right...its perfect with rice...lovely presentation too..

  19. Pues yo adoro las berenjenas y tus recetas. es una suerte tenerte como referencia de cocina india porque haces unos platos deliciosos y auténticos. me encanta!!!. Gracias por tus recetas y tus paso a paso que son geniales. Besos

  20. WOW, I feel I can smell the spicese :D *Drooling *

  21. Sounds and looking like brinjal 65,super tempting dish.

  22. Oh this is wah wah wah post, love it :)


  23. Looks fabulous and tempting.......nice clicks aarathi..

  24. Awesome eggplant dish!! looks hot and spicy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. Tava baingan looks super tempting..mouthwatering..

  26. Beautiful eggplant recipe..looks super delicious

  27. Flavorful and yumm Brinjal Masal.Delish!

  28. Eggplant is one of my favorites. I love the idea of eggplant masala. I need to give this a try.

  29. Love your step-by-step pictures!

  30. A very innovative healthy recipe Aarthi.Nicely explained..

  31. yummy combo!...ur lunch or dinner must have been great!

  32. looks amazing, im a big brinjal fan & this i have to try :) i dint know mwthi leaves grow this easily thanks for that piece of info!

  33. Delicious and mouthwatering recipe....

  34. looks tasty and tangy .. mouthwatering dish ..thanks again

  35. worth making an elaborate one. yummy recipe

  36. This looks amazing! Eggplant is one of my all time favorites!

  37. Aaarathi,

    Love eggplant any time, and this Tawa Baigan looks so delicious, before making the curry it self i can finish them all..

    I have an award waiting for you at my space, please come and collect it...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  38. amazing.. i had no idea we can make baingans like this too.. upto making pakodas i got that then make onion tomato gravy and toss them there was exceptional.. normally i also dont like baingan much but when its disguised like this i would have it

    great recipe

  39. Looks really yum ! I love brinjal in any form !!

  40. i am drooling over ur beautiful dish..wish i can try some now...looks too good.

  41. delicious and tempting..never thought of adding baigan pakora in tomato gravy...nice and new combination..

  42. lovely recipe............u have wonderful collection of recipes with brinjal

  43. perfect recipe.....loved the way u made it...

  44. Thanks for the recipe.i prepared it today ..turned out awesome

  45. hi Aarti m neetu from hobbychef I invite you to write guest post for my blog.. please lemme know if you will do so.. :)


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