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For a while I have been in persuit of making bagara baigan (BB). It all began when I tasted the bagara baigan at Hawali (Dublin, Ca). Ever...

Bagara Baigan : Fried Eggplant In Peanut Sesame Sauce

For a while I have been in persuit of making bagara baigan (BB). It all began when I tasted the bagara baigan at Hawali (Dublin, Ca). Every Friday, they served it in their lunch menu and that was a sure reason for us to have lunch there. This week at the farmer's market we were able to get some baby eggplant and I decided to make BB. Today for dinner I made almost 3 quarts of this delicious side dish and served it along with pulav. This recipe is adapted from the Vah chef's recipe and so delicious. I however think, at Hawali they added cream and made it super rich. I skipped the cream and I think the sauce was rich enough and delicious.


Food Processor
Frying Pan
Cutting Board
Slotted Spoon
Measuring Cups
Kuzhi Appam Pam


Eggplant - 12 
Onion - 1 1/2 diced
Ginger - 2 inch
Garlic - 4 cloves
Green Chillies - 1
Cilantro - 1/4 cup for garnish
Oil - For For Shallow Frying 
Oil - 2 tbsp for Cooking
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Raw Peanuts - 1 cup
White Sesame Seeds - 1/4 cup
Dry Coconut - 1 fist full
Cumin Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 3
Bay Leaves - 2
Cardamom - 3
Hing - a dash
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Juice - 1 cup
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste


1. Heat the appam pan with oil. Keeping the stem of the eggplant intact, slit the eggplant vertically and horizontally. Place them in the appam pan and fry them until they are cooked.

2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Add peanuts and roast them on medium heat. Add sesame seeds and dry coconut and toast it well. Remove and add to a food processor, Add 2 cup of water and make it into a sauce that is kind not a fine paste, but lightly grainy.

3. Heat the frying pan again with 2 tbsp of oil. Add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves and allow to mix with the warm oil for 30 seconds. then add the onions, ginger garlic paste and salt. Cook the onions.

4. Add the peanut sauce to the onions, and cook on medium heat. Add some water and cover and cook for 10 minutes, but make sure to give it a mix regularly.

5. Add tamarind water ad jaggery and cook for 5 minutes. Add the eggplants in the sauce and cook it on low flame. Garnish with cilantro and serve it hot with rice or naan. 


  1. I am a huge fan of egg plant.. This looks so tempting and delicious..

  2. I love this sauce .. Very yummy and creamy

  3. Delicious curry, would be perfect with pulao !!

  4. It came out very perfect! True it doesn't require any cream to be added as the whole taste comes from sesame n groundnuts n that's the speciality of the recipe infact

  5. Looks delicious..I love this curry...

  6. Looks yumm - I love this dish!

  7. Hi Sree,
    Bagara baingan looks delicious.
    btw I am not getting any of these updates even though I have joined ur site.When I click ur blog name in my blogger dashboard its simply blank thought I will let u know.

  8. This is definitely going to my to make recipes list, love the recipe, the gravy looks rich and super yum