Dahi Baingan (Eggplant curry in yogurt)


  • 3 tsp oil
  • 6-8 small baingan / brinjal / eggplants, cut in quarters
  • 1 tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp besan / gram flour
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder / lal mirch powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped


  1. In a pan heat 2 tsp oil, add the cut eggplants, 1/2 tsp salt and cook covered till soft and light brown in color, gently sautéing every once in a while
  2. Keep aside the cooked eggplants
  3. To the same pan, add 1 tsp oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf and asafetida. Sauté for 5-10 seconds till cumin seeds pop
  4. Add chopped onion, ginger garlic paste and sauté well for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add gram flour and roast on low flame for 4-5 minutes
  6. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala and sauté for a minute
  7. Add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup whisked yogurt, keeping the flame on low. Stir continuously till the yogurt is mixed well
  8. Add the cooked eggplants, 1/2 tsp salt and mix well, then cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes
  9. Add crushed kasuri methi and coriander leaves and mix well
  10. Serve hot with any Indian bread such as millet roti, chapati or kulcha

Serves: 4


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