Baigan Aloo
(Eggplant with Potatoes)

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Baingan/baigan aloo ki sabji is very popular in northern India. This baingan aloo ki sabji is my mother's recipe and we all just love it. When we were growing up, baingan aloo and plain paratha was our family’s favorite meal for a busy weekday evening. Baigan is also known as Aubergine, Eggplant, or Brinjal. This is a very simple yet delicious preparation of eggplant with tomatoes and potatoes. Baingan aloo taste so good with plain paratha and also with dal chawal. Try this recipe and please do share your suggestions and comments. Happy coking, Shuchi.

baingan aloo
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
about 70 calories in each serving

Ingredients(serves 4)

  • Egg plant (baigan) 250 gms/ ½ pounds
  • Potato 2 medium
  • Tomatoes 2 medium
  • Ginger 1½ inch piece
  • Green chilies 2-4
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida a couple of pinches
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder 1½ tsp
  • Garam masala ¼ tsp
  • Salt 1½ tsp/ to taste
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves 2-4 tbsp

Method of preparation

  1. Remove the stem and cut the eggplants in thin and an inch long pieces. Put these cut piece in a bowl filled with water (if we do not dip the cut pieces in water, they will turn black)
  2. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into 2 inch big pieces.
  3. Peel, wash, and finely chop the ginger. Remove the stem, wash and finely chop the green chilies.
  4. Wash and finely chop the tomatoes.
  5. In a pressure cooker heat oil on medium heat. Add  cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, and asafoetida. Fry for a 10-15 seconds. Now add chopped ginger and green chilies, and fry for about 30 seconds. Add chopped tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt, fry until spices leave the oil. (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  6. Transfer the eggplant pieces to the sieve to remove the water.
  7. Add eggplant pieces in the fried tomato masala. Fry them for a minute. Now add potato pieces and mix well. Fry for another minute.
  8. Now cover the lid and take a whistle on medium heat. Turn off the heat.
  9. When pressure is gone, open the lid and mash the eggplant pieces. Leave the big potato chunks. Add garam masala . Fry for a couple of minutes and turn off the heat.
  10. Garnish baingan aloo ki sabji with chopped coriander leaves.
  11. Delicious baingan aloo is ready to serve. Serve Baigan Aloo with plain paratha or your choice of Indian bread.
baingan aloo

Some Tips/Suggestions:

  1. Long eggplant/baingan would be ideal for this recipe.
  2. I have made baingan aloo in the pressure cooker the way my mother makes it but you can make this sabji in the wok/ kadhai also.
  3. Increase or decease the amount of green chilies as per taste.
  4. Baingan/ eggplant can be easily grown at home garden. You can grow them in ground and can also be grown in a pot. Read more about vegetable gardening.
 baingan plant

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