Bagara Baingan ( Eggplants in sesame peanut coconut sauce)

Bagara Baingan ( Eggplants in sesame peanut coconut sauce) is a popular dish from the southern state of India . It is usually made with a particular variety of eggplant called the Indian eggplant . They are small, short and dark purple in color.

In the preparation of this dish, dry and slit the eggplants after you wash . They can be directly fried or sauteed in oil as is . You can even stuff a little spice like red chili powder , turmeric and salt in the slits ( optional) , before frying to enhance the flavor. Take care not to burn when roasting the coconut groundnut mixture . This dish can be enjoyed with white rice or rotis and makes a very comforting and delicious meal .Please read on for the full recipe .

5 from 1 vote
Bagara Baingan (Eggplants in sesame peanut coconut sauce)
Total Time
45 mins
 

A delicious gravy made with fried eggplants in  ground sesame, peanut ,coconut and poppy seed paste.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
First set of ingredients (curry)
  • 10 -15 eggplants
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • 3 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp onion seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 slit green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 lemon sized tamarind juice squeezed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves chopped
Second set of ingredients (paste)
  • 8 tbsp peanuts
  • 6 tbsp frozen or fresh grated coconut
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
Instructions
Paste Preparation
  1. In a pan ,dry roast grated coconut, groundnuts, poppy seeds and sesame seeds by constantly stirring it on medium to low flame taking care not to burn

  2. After about 5 to 6 minutes ,when you get a nice aroma switch off the flame.Cool and grind the contents to a fine paste using very little water. Keep aside.

Baingan Bagara Curry preparation
  1. In a deep bottomed pan, heat oil .Sautee the eggplants which are slit. You can also optionally choose to spice the eggplants with a little  red chilli powder,turmeric and salt.

  2. In a deep bottomed pan , heat oil and add mustard , onion seeds and sesame.

  3. Add slit green chilies, curry leaves and sautee.

  4. Add chopped onions and cook until translucent .Add ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell disappears.

  5. Add spices cumin, coriander, red chili, turmeric , salt and mix well.

  6. Add about 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil.

  7. Add the fried egg plants to this sauce .

  8. Add  tamarind juice, sugar and garam masala

  9. Cook well and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    deepa
    April 4, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Nice one. I love eggplants very much

  • Reply
    Lorelle
    April 4, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Eggplants are so versatile. Good one. xx

  • Reply
    Smitha
    April 4, 2019 at 9:58 am


    I have never tried bagara baingan. Sounds flavorful and delicious 😍😍

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Smitha, hope you try it some time.!

  • Reply
    Megala
    April 4, 2019 at 10:11 am


    Looks so delicious & tempting. I like these juicy eggplants in flavorful creamy sauce.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 4, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you Megala . It is truly a delicious dish.

  • Reply
    Diane
    April 4, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    What an interesting recipe! I tried eggplant once and didn’t like it. This has so many added flavors I bet it is amazing and it is worth a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you Diane. I think you will not be disappointed by this recipe . Frying the eggplant , the spices used and the gravy base together gives it a special taste.I would love to hear how it turned out if you try making it.

  • Reply
    Richa
    April 4, 2019 at 8:59 pm


    Oh my.. This looks so delish!❤️❤️

  • Reply
    Jyo
    April 5, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Absolutely love this Hyderabadi curry👍 and this is the most beautiful curry too💜

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Jyo, yes indeed the curry is so flavorful and tasty.

  • Reply
    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    April 5, 2019 at 5:32 pm


    I have a feeling I’ve heard of bagara baingan before but didn’t have a clue what ingredients were involved. Admittedly, I’ve never actually eaten eggplant! What a sheltered life I’ve led…!
    Great recipe 🙂
    Caz xx

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 6, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      We also do not cook eggplants that often and usually I end up making a stir fried kind of dish. This however is a very flavorful dish and I also got to learn and make it couple of years ago. Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Deeksha
    April 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I love baigan in any form but somehow never tried with gravy. Your dish looks too good. I will definitely try this.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 6, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you Deeksha, please do try and let me know how you like it!

  • Reply
    Hannah
    April 8, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Those baby eggplants are adorable, but I never know what to do with them. Problem solved! This sauce is definitely a winner, I can already tell.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Yes rightly said, the sauce goes perfectly with the fried eggplants. Thank you for the lovely comments!

  • Reply
    GreenCucumber
    April 8, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I love Baigan. This dish is looking yummy.

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      April 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much, am sure you will love this dish made with baingan!

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