Brinjal Fry/Baingan Fry/Vankaya Fry

Hello readers,

I hope all of you are doing very well. Today’s recipe will be a very simple Brinjal Fry|Vankaya Fry|Kathirikai Varuval|Baingan Fry. Too many names for this humble vegetable called Brinjal. This is a long pending post and I really wanted to click some decent pictures this time and post the recipe as soon as possible. I am a huge fan of anything that is fried or roasted(not a bit health conscious when it comes to these ;)). I have already posted some roast versions of other veggies like Cauliflower Roast, Potato Fry, Tindora Fry etc. This is one more vegetable that I love to have roasted on a dosa pan or tava. It is a very simple recipe and can be made with just a few ingredients.

In short, brinjals are sliced carefully into thin slices, marinated in a yummy marination, frozen for some time and made to sizzle on the pan with some oil till they are golden brown and seared. Doesn’t that sound delicious? It indeed was. I usually marinate my vegetables in a masala paste however, this time around, I wanted to make something similar to tikka marination with some variations. It worked out great and the recipe was a success. This recipe will surely be a hit especially in cold weather. My choice of platter would be some sambar rice drizzled with ghee and this brinjal fry for sides. Heavenly combination that is. Try it out and do write to me on how you guys liked it.

Brinjal Fry 1

Before we move on to the recipe, let me outline a few health benefits of Brinjals which are as follows:

  • Heart friendly
  • Acts as a natural laxative
  • Weight loss
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Helps prevent anemia



Preparation Method for Brinjal Fry:

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Brinjals: 3 medium sized thinly sliced
Hung curd: 2 tbsp
Sambar Powder: 1 tsp
Chilli Powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: as required
Ginger: 1/2″ finely chopped and crushed
Garlic: 4 cloves finely chopped and crushed
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
Oil: for shallow frying

Brinjal Fry 2


1. Place some curd in a cheese cloth or muslin cloth with a colander underneath. Let all the water drain and after sometime, you will get hung curd.
2. Take around 2 tbsp of hung curd and mix with sambar powder, chilli powder, salt, ginger, garlic and turmeric powder to prepare the marinade.
3. Slice brinjals and add them to the marinade and mix well such that all slices are coated well.
4. Place the above marinated brinjals in the freezer for atleast 15 minutes.
5. Heat oil in a dosa pan and roast these brinjals on low to medium flame till they are cooked.
6. Serve hot with sambar rice or curd rice.

1. Sambar powder can also be replaced with coriander powder(1 tsp), chilli powder(1/2 tsp), cumin powder(1/2 tsp) and garam masala(1/2 tsp)

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