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Came across this yummy Andhra side dish that looked very tempting. In the original recipe as I recollect, the eggplant was deep fried...

Andhra Style Eggplant In Tomato

Came across this yummy Andhra side dish that looked very tempting. In the original recipe as I recollect, the eggplant was deep fried in oil and then put in the tomato gravy with peanut sesame powder. I wanted to prepare it but decided to make it a little more healthy. So instead of frying I used the microwave to roast the eggplant and added that into the gravy. I added roasted peanuts and sesame seeds which added an extra crunch. The outcome was very delicious eggplant in tomato with crunchy peanuts. If you like eggplant or peanuts you will relish this with some hot rice or rotis.


Microwavable plates
Cutting Board
Mixing spoon


Big Eggplant - 1
Tomatoes - 4 roma or wine ripe
Green chillis - 2
Curry leaves - a few
Cilantro- 1 Tbsp
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 4 cloves
Peanuts - 1 cup
Sesame seeds - 3 tbsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1tsp
Jeera powder- 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 tsp for coating eggplant, 2 tsp for cooking gravy and 1 tsp to coat peanuts.
Sugar - 1/4 Tsp


1. Cut Eggplant into big chunky pieces so that the skin is seen in every piece on one side.

2. Coat the egg plant with 3 tsp of oil and sprinkle salt.

3. Place it in the microwave and heat it for total time of 20 minutes, but taking out every 5 minutes to check on the Eggplant.

4. Meanwhile, place wok on heat and add 2 tsp of oil.

5. When that warms add mustard seeds and wait for it to pop, add Jeera and then ginger, garlic and onions.

6. Add green chilis (add more for more spice) curry leaves and cook them with a little salt.

7. Add tomatoes, turmeric, coriander, jeera and chili powder and cook well.
8. Add 1 tsp oil and coat every peanut and sprinkle the sesame seeds.

9. When the egg plant comes out it will be wrinkled and kind of crisp on the outside. Add it to the tomato gravy.

10. Put the peanuts in the microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds and by then it will be roasted.Add it to the gravy and mix well.Garnish with cilantro and serve it hot.


  1. looks good enough to eat. I am sure I will love this. Will make it and let you know how it turned out. Continue the good work..

  2. I maharashtra we make peanut based curry for eggplants....rustic one. Old people love it.....yours look inviting

  3. How yummy, this looks like the flavors are concentrated and perfect to dine on!

  4. Wow..this is a yummy dish I had. The taste of eggplant is awesome. Must try it out.It goes well with Roti's