- Baby eggplants – 6
- Onion – 1, sliced
- Tomato – 1, chopped
- Green chili – 2 -3
- Ginger paste – 1 heaped tsp
- Garlic paste – 1 heaped tsp
- Coconut powder – 1 heaped tbsp
- Kashmiri chili powder – 1/2 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
- mustard seeds – a pinch
- methi/fenugreek seeds – a pinch
- Dry red chili – 1
- Curry leaves – 5 -6
- Salt, turmeric
- Sugar as per taste
Wash and cut the eggplants in such a way that they are intact near the stem.
Add salt and turmeric and fry over low heat till they are soft.
Heat some more oil, add the sliced onion and fry till golden brown with a pinch of salt and sugar. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for some time till the raw smell is gone. Add the chopped tomato and green chilli and continue frying till it is mashed.
Add the coriander powder, kashmiri chilli powder, salt and coconut powder and fry over low flame.
Now allow it to cool and make a fine paste using a blender.
Add 1 tbsp of oil in a clean pan, then add the mustard seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves and dry red chili.
Add the ground masala and fry quickly. Then add half cup of warm water and mix well. I have added a pinch of sugar at this point. Adjust the seasoning too.
Cook over low heat till oil starts appearing at the top. Add the fried eggplant and mix carefully with the masala. Eggplant should not get mashed.
Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 – 15 minutes more. Serve with rice or roti. Yum!!!