Indian Brinjal Recipes | Vanakaya Recipes | Baingan Recipes

indian brinjal recipes

The Indian brinjal recipes cover an array of mouth-watering dishes like badanekayi ennegayi and vangi bhath, which are the native dishes of Karnataka.

Some of the other items that use brinjal are sambars, chutnies and curries.

The other names for brinjal include baingan, badanekayi, vanakaya, kathirikai and egg plant.

The Indian brinjal recipes that follow cover main items and side dishes made from brinjal.

brinjal recipes indianShort and stout brinjal
long brinjalLong, green brinjal

Did you know?
West Bengal, Odisha and Gujarat are among the states where brinjal is grown in large quantities.1

What is a "secret" to make fine cuisines from brinjal? An item central to delicious dishes are good-quality brinjals.

The stalk (the top, cap-like portion) should be green. It indicates the brinjal is fresh.

Pick only those that have a firm and smooth skin without wrinkles.

In any type of brinjal, ensure there are no holes in it. These are usually tiny holes, indicating there are worms inside.

Badanekayi ennegayi is a mouth-watering side dish, particularly for chawal ki roti (rice roti) or akki rotti. The short-and-stout type of brinjal is best suited to make this side dish.

Vangi Bhath, a superb rich dish, is made from the long variety of brinjal.

How to prevent the color-change and reduce the bitterness of cut brinjals?

1. Soak the cut-brinjals in salt water for about 30 minutes or till you are ready to use.

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Check the water color after about 5 minutes. If it is brown, which indicates that the brinal pieces are bitter, follow Step 2. Otherwise, go to Step 3.

2. Add a few teaspoons of rice flour and mix. Set aside for a minimum of 15 minutes.

3. Drain the water.

4.Add fresh water and mix the brinjal pieces in it. Squeeze the brinjal and drain the water. Repeat this process till the water is clear.

Brinjal Sambar
Want to make a lip-smacking sambar?

Try brinjal sambar, one of the Indian brinjal recipes, made from brinjal, carrot, onion and black-eyed pea.

Garnish the sambar with fresh coriander leaves. Mix the sambar with hot rice.

Pour a teaspoon of home-made ghee. Mix and relish with, say instant lemon pickle. This fine experience will remain in your mind for a long time!

Here are some of the mouth-watering brinjal or vanakaya recipes: