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Bagara baigan recipe| Hyderabadi bagara baigan recipe

Hyderabadi bagara baingan is a very delicious and flavorful side dish with tiny eggplants. Eggplants are simmered in coconut based gravy,pairs well with steamed rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Harini


  • Grind to fine paste:
  • 1/2 " giger peeled
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind
  • Grind to a coarse powder:
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Other ingredients:
  • 10 small violet eggplants
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 2 green chillies
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil


  • Dry roast cumin seeds,peanuts and sesame seeds. Once cooled grind to a coarse powder.
  • Grind Ginger,chopped onions,grated coconut and tamarind to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Wash and pat dry the eggplants. You can just slit them or slice them length wise.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a kadai. Temper with mustard seeds. Add methi and kolnji seeds. Add slit green chilies and saute well. Add curry leaves and saute well. Add the sliced eggplants and fry them till they are soft. Remove to a kitchen towel and set aside.
  • In the same kadai add the ground paste and saute well the raw smell goes off. Add 1/2 cup water,mix well and cook till the oil separates.
  • Add half of the ground powder and mix well. Add salt,turmeric powder,coriander powdr and mix well. Add salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the fried eggplants and mix gently. Adjust salt and mix well.
  • Add the remaining powder and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes till the gravy thickens.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve bagara baingan hot with steamed rice.


1.You can add 3-4 cloves of garlic while grinding the coconut paste.
2.Use tiny dark violet eggplants (plain shiny ones) for best results.
3. You can use black or white sesame seeds for this recipe.
4. You can add 10 black peppercorns while grinding the powder.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 378kcal