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Indian style fried eggplant

Updated on December 30, 2016
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Fried eggplant is a famous side dish of West Bengal (India). There are many ways of cooking it. I only know 2 ways of cooking it and am sharing with you all.

Method 1

Cooking time 5 - 10 minutes

Serving 2


  • Eggplant 2 medium size
  • Salt as per taste
  • Mustard oil for deep frying
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • red chili powder as per taste
  • Flour 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Dried mango powder 1/4 tsp (optional)


  • Slice the eggplant in circular slices. Make sure that the pieces are thick (about half an inch thick )
  • Mix salt, turmeric and red chili powder together. Pour about 1 tsp or more water to make a thick paste.
  • You can even add flour in the paste and make a thin batter. This step is however optional. You can even add small chopped pieces of chili.
  • Now coat the eggplant with the paste you made now.
  • Heat mustard oil in pan.
  • When the oil gets hot, add the eggplants in the oil and fry till the eggplants are light glden brown.
  • Drain the eggplant on the paper towel and serve hot.

In case you want your fried eggplant to be more spicier, here is one more recipe -

Method 2

Serving 2

Time 10-15 minutes

  • Eggplant 2 meduim
  • salt as per taste
  • Onion sliced in thin pieces
  • oil 3- 4 tsp (mustard oil is best while cooking egg plant, however you can use other oils too)
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder as per taste
  • Tomato 1 big, sliced in small pieces
  • Chili as per taste
  • Dried mango powder 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Oil for shallow frying the eggplant pieces
  • Cilantro/ coriander for garnishing
  • Lemon juice as per taste (optional)


  • Cut eggplant in circular pieces, make sure the pieces are not very thin or thick. Half an inch would be just fine.
  • Shallow fry the egg plant pieces till they are golden brown.
  • In a pan heat oil
  • When the oil starts getting heated, add cumin seeds.
  • Once the cumin seeds start spluttering, add the chopped onions and cook till the onions are light golden brown and soft.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well. Let it cook for 1 minute.
  • Now add all the spices (do not add salt) and mix well with the mixture and cook at least for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped pieces of tomatoes and mix well with the mixture and cook for at least 2-3 minutes when you will find out that oil is coming out and the mixture is dry.
  • Add the fried egg plant pieces, sprinkle salt and mix well. Be careful not to break the eggplant pieces. Let it cook for a few minutes (3-4 minutes). Keep mixing properly so that the spices do not get stuck at the end of the pan.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.
  • You can pour little bit of lemon juice before serving, this step however is optional.

ndian Fried Eggplant - Brinjal - SPICY STEVE


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    • dipsmi profile image

      dipsmi 5 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      Dear Mazzy, mustard oil does add more flavor but due to health reasons it's better to use the regular cooking oil and trust me, it's still delicious!

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      I love eggplant (aubergine) and I will definitely try these recipes. However, I don't know anywhere they sell mustard oil in my neighborhood. In fact, I've never used mustard oil. Does that add an essential flavor?

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Great sharing, so I have two extra new recipes for the eggplants huh...would definitely try them. Yes, I love and prefer eating fried eggplants. Appreciate much for this dipsmi. Take care...

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      dipsmi 6 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      dear andersonmoore, I am good, how are you? do tell me how much did you like the eggplant recipe??

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      dipsmi 6 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

      dear SantaCruz, I was actually cooking fried eggplant and tying the recipe!!!

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Wow... This looks amazing. I love Indian food. I'll have to give it a try one day soon!

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      SantaCruz 6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Hooray, dipsmi! I'm amazed that you responded to a recipe request so quickly! This made my day.


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