Bharelu Baingan – Stuffed Eggplant

While the name Nightshade, sounds more like a character from the cartoon network series, it actually is just another name for the Eggplant. Back home we call this vegetable Baingan, you may have heard of it by a different name – Brinjal/Aubergine.

This Bharelu Baingan recipe, is a family favorite and according to my mom family legend states that this recipe originated from my grandmothers cookbook, which I have never heard or seen of in my entire life. Also, there are over a thousand stuffed baingan recipes available everywhere, but this is obviously my favorite.


Small Eggplants
1 Tbsp. Fennel seeds
Fennel Seeds
2 Tbsp. Coriander/Dhana Seeds
Crushed Dhania
1 Tsp. Kashmiri Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1/4th Tsp. Haldi/Turmeric Powder
4 Tbsp. Desiccated Coconut Powder


– Wash the brinjals and peel of the tiny leaves at the end of the stalk.
– Make 4 cuts into the vegetable and add some salt. Keep aside on a dry surface
Cut Brinjal
– On a roasting pan roast the cumin and coriander seeds, crush them and keep aside
– Next, roast the fennel seeds and keep aside
– In a small pan add a little oil when hot add the crushed cumin and coriander
frying the masala
– Next add the chili powder, haldi powder and the coconut powder.
– Add this stuffing inside the crevasse of the salted brinjal and coat the outside with a very little amount of oil
– Cook the brinjal in a pan with a little grease for at least 20 minutes turning it occasionally
– Enjoy it with bread or some roti.

Note:- Eggplants, can soak a lot of fat while cooking, therefore it is preferable to add salt in the beginning.

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4 thoughts on “Bharelu Baingan – Stuffed Eggplant

  1. Vegetarian In Vegas April 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM Reply

    Wow. This looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try this new way of eating eggplant.

    • laishacooper May 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM Reply

      Thank you, I hope you try the recipe.. Lots of other vegetarian recipes coming your way soon ..

  2. asha May 1, 2013 at 4:37 AM Reply

    I haven’t tried stuffed baigan yet..I have always sliced, marinated and then fried. The stuffing masala in your recipe is quite unique..must try next time i get baigan

    • laishacooper May 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM Reply

      Hi Asha, its so nice to hear from you again.
      We also have a different recipe which slices – marinates and fries the Brinjal with fewer ingredients and that turns out really yummy.. The fennel seeds can be skipped from this recipe but if you have them they add a completely new dimension to the dish… hope you try it – would love to know how they turned out.. Take care

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