Main Course
Hyderabadi Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant simmered in Rich Spicy Gravy- Indian Style)

Hyderabadi Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant simmered in Rich Spicy Gravy- Indian Style)

Hyderabadi Baingan Ka Salan (Baby Eggplant simmered in Rich Spicy Gravy- Indian Style)

Baingan ka salan

Baingan ka salan

Most of the wives are always stuck with this question: “What should we cook tonight?” And answer coming back from the husbands is “Anything other than regular daal would be a good option”. Though this kind of an answer doesn’t help the wives much. Infact, it adds to a further brainstorming on their minds. However, the clue from this type of a response is that something different and special should be on the table tonight.

Baingan ka salan-Hyderabadi Style

Baingan ka salan-Hyderabadi Style

So, the best option is to prepare a dish from a different cuisine than your native one. It’s the easiest way to enjoy a delicious meal on a regular night in the most entertaining way.

My husband is a big fan of Hyderabadi style Bhagara Baingan. He keeps insisting me to make it quite often. However, I am not able to fulfil his wish of this eggplant Gravy so regularly. This time when I saw these cute little purple delights(also check my Baked Baby Eggplants Fusion recipe) in my refrigerator, I had already planned to surprise him with his favorite recipe of eggplant during this week. So, as soon as he expressed that he is craving to eat something other than daal, I knew what to cook. His favorite “Hyderabadi Baingan gravy” was on my mind very promptly.

Baingan ka salan

Baingan ka salan

Baingan ka Salan or Bhagara Baingan is an authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine curry spicy in nature. The nuts and those extra spices add a majestic touch to the dish making it ‘Royal’! The dish is traditionally served with the spicy and rich Biryanis. However, it goes well with tandoori Naan or paranthas too.

Baingan ka salan

Baingan ka salan

The spiciness of green chillies, tanginess of sour yoghurt, richness & creaminess of sesame-coconut-peanut paste with a hint of mint makes this dish so marvelous that hardly anyone can resist it.

Apart from the taste, this recipe offers various health benefits. Adding eggplants to your diet may be one of the best health decisions you can make as they offer numerous and diverse health benefits. Please read-on 27 Science – Based Health benefits of Eggplants. After reading these amazing facts, you would be as convinced to include eggplants in your diet just the way I am!

Hyderabadi Bhagara Baingan ka salan

Hyderabadi Bhagara Baingan ka salan

So, here’s the recipe for Hyderbadi Baingan ka salan. We had a flavorful and yummie dinner last night with this dish. Hope you would enjoy it too. Don’t forget to leave your comments if you try the dish. I would love to know how it came out for you.

Total Time:
Preparartion Time: 20 Mins
Cook Time: 40 Mins
Serving Size:

Hyderabadi Baingan ka salan

Hyderabadi Baingan ka salan

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp cumin seeds

2 tbsp mustard seeds

¼ tbsp fenugreek seeds

3-4 dried red chillies

3-4 green chillies (add more for a more spicier version)

7-8 curry leaves

8 – 10 baby eggplants slit into 4 keeping the stem intact

2 medium sized onions sliced

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

salt to taste

2 tbsp red chilli powder

½ tbsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp cumin powder

½ cup sour yoghurt

1 tbsp finally chopped mint leaves

1 tbsp finally chopped coariander leaves and few more for garnishing

Oil for frying eggplants

For the Nuts Paste:

1 tbsp peanuts

1 tbsp grated dry coconut

1 tbsp sesame seeds



  1. Wash the eggplants, pat them dry and slit into 4 keeping the stem intact.
  2. Take a wok, dry roast peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds separately and allow it to cool. Once cooled down,grind to make a smooth paste with these roasted ingredients using ½ cup water.
  3. In the same wok, smear little oil.
  4. After the oil heats up,add mustard seeds. After the mustard seeds crackle, add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves and mix them well.
  5. Add sliced onions. Saute till the onions get brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Add turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt, and green chillies. Mix everything well.
  7. Add the peanut-coconut-seasme paste prepared in step 2. Cover and let it cook for 25-30 minutes on medium flame until the oil starts to separate out on the edges.
  8. In the meanwhile, add oil to another pan and fry the slit baby eggplants. Keep it aside on a paper towel to soak extra oil.
  9. After 30 mins, check on the gravy. It should have separated oil by now giving a nice and bright color.
  10. Add chopped mint and coriander leaves.
  11. Add yoghurt and mix well. Bring it to a boil. Now, cover it and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  12. After adding yoghurt, the curry starts to look even more creamy and richer in texture.
  13. Now is the time to add our fried eggplants to the gravy. Gently mix them in the gravy. Cook for another 3-4 minutes for the baby eggplants to absorb some flavors from the gravy.
  14. Garnish with coriander or mint leaves.
  15. Serve hot with your favorite Biryani or Naan.

Pleazzzz don’t forget to share it on your social media with friends and family in case you enjoyed reading my blog. After all, “Sharing is Caring”.

Eat healthy, exercise well and stay tuned for more recipes. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and please click the follow button to keep receiving the updates on my new blogs and it’s free.

Share this Story

Related Posts

What Readers Are Saying

Thank you for Sharing Amazing Recipes

Hi Mani,
I just wanted to thank you for sharing amazing recipes. I have finally found a chef and recipe author whose creations are absolutely infallible. You have inspired me amazed me with every new recipe, and made cooking exciting..
Your recipes are well thought easy to cook and darn good..
Keep up the good work..

Amee Punjabi

Amazing blog from an amazning girl!

I met Mani for the first time when she approached for interviewing me for her Rendezvous series! Right then, I was immensely impressed by her dedication, passion and commitment towards her blog! Ginger-it-up is not just a random blog, its a well thought and amazingly executed piece of art! Her love for food, and her passion of meeting people and executing their journey with such warmth and love makes Mani stand out from what others are doing. I have gotten to know Mani after our first meet and I am glad our paths crossed! Wishing you an amazing journey ahead! Keep writing!:)

Ritu Bhat
Ritu Selects - India inspired Couture

Love the Blog

Hello Mani!
I found your recipes interesting and most of all the Rendezvous series. They are informative and filled with a sense of positivity to see experience and struggle your guest go through. The conversation is always encouraging. You got a beautiful style of writing , attractive words and eloquence.

I look forward to read your Rendezvous series .
All the very best Mani!

Loads of love


great job!!

Great Job!! A nice food blog to follow on web!


My favorite blogger!!

If you are looking for easy, healthy and creative recipes, then Ginger it up has covered up everything for you!!
Mani Mukhija’s brilliance and excellence, keeps me drooling every time I read her recipes.
And wait, her power packed, highly inspirational Rendezvous series is something that I always look forward to.

Keep up the good work Mani Mukhija! Keep growing and inspiring always!!

Deepti Menghani

Hi Mani,I love your each

Hi Mani,
I love your each and every recepie, all of them are very simple to make. Also I am inspired by the way you start the recipes with a little story which gives a personal touch to your creation. Keep up good work and good luck!!

Keerti Juneja

Love Ginger-It-Up!

I absolutely love Ginger-It-Up! Great recipes, awesome tips, and gorgeous pictures! I love all of the flavors and the new products, and Mani’s writing style is interesting, clear, and easy to follow! Keep up the great work!

Brian Finkel
D'vash Organics

Great work!

I love to read gingeritup articles because it’s everything which you can relate to. The recipes so presentable and delicious yet so easy and simple ingredients and the lil intros which Mani writes to describe the recipe makes you connect with it. The other articles on gingeritup I find very honest and sincere . Rendezvous series is an inspiring unique initiative which she has started which I haven’t seen anywhere else . Overall, I admire Mani for she is so talented and a multitasker.


An inspiration

I love to read your Blog..aspecially Rendezvous series..very inspiring and and the way you write makes it more intresting and inspiring.I also like to read your healthy recipies…. looking forward to read more recepies and stories. Good luck.

Jalpa Patel

Superb Blog Keep it up Mani.

You are such a super woman and doing very good job to encourage all the ladies. Thanks for writing the blog and sharing the thought.


The best blogger ever!!

Excellent blog gingeritup !! Always giving 💯 to the receipes which are easy to follow because of her creative writing style and her series Rendezvous is always the best !! I wait to read about this series each month since she started writing about this.

Renu handa
Saffron Indian Cuisine in Charlotte

Awesome friend and cook

Love your blog! Very inspiring and the way you write makes it more interesting.You make the cooking feel so easy , delicious and presentable. Love to read your Blog.Great work and wishing you the best as always.



Love browsing the recipes and great information!

ZEGO Co-founder Colleen on Rendezvous with Ginger-it-Up

Mani writes very in-depth recipes, and I LOVE her photos. They make everything look so good! It is always enjoyable to browse her site and try the recipes, and I love that she has a focus on empowering women as well!

Rivka Hodgkinson
ZEGO Snacks

I love the recipes and

I love the recipes and the write-ups especially the Rendezvous Series. It’s a great Initiative. Keep it going!


Great blog to collaborate with! is a great site full of helpful lifestyle tips, and it was a pleasure to collaborate with them! The communication was quick and easy, the guest post went live super fast, so congratulations on this great site and the amazing job you do! A must-read!

Joana Teixeira

A superb initiative!

Ginger It up has been a superbly thought & well-executed blog. Seeing it among one of the most popular food blogs makes me feel proud. Mani Dee has come so far with this baby of hers. There are many blogs over the internet which provides recipes & numerous cuisines. What Ginger It up brings on the table is its niche which has been carved out by her. I loved the concept of bringing authentic Indian recipes & sharing an interesting experience along with. It was a very unique & good idea which gives the reader a sense of personalized touch & in a way the reader can form a connection with that.
Her passion for food & writing goes way back!! I wish this website a stupendous growth ahead in the upcoming year! Hope to see many new cuisines with that personalized experience! 🙂


Tarun Chawla

“Great Work”

I have known Mani for more than a year now. I have never seen a lovely, caring, multitasking, talented women like her.
I really like and an avid reader of her blogs. Her writing style is very impressive and easy to understand.
Her recipes are unique as well as healthy.
I am a big admirer of her Rendezvous series. Her series exemplify that the women are capable of so many things.
Thanks so much for doing a great job!

Shakun Malhotra

Great blogger

Gingeritup is the best blog and Mani the best blogger ever!! Her recipes are so easy to follow because of her creative writing style. Always looking forward to see and follow her recipes !! Keep up the good work!! Best wishes !!

Sunil handa
Saffron Indian cuisine in Charlotte

Food and Mani are two sides of same coin

Dear Mani, I am a regular reader of your blog just because you bring the most delicious, mouth-watering and creative recipes on the table.
My favorite recipe so far is “Gajar ka Halwa “ can’t beat this one!!!

THE RENDEZVOUS series brings real-life experiences which are never forgettable. It inspires our community and encourages ones to further their dreams.

Ginger-it-up website is very organized and easy to follow.

Can’t wait to read more life inspirational stories and mouth-watering/healthy recipes!!

Lata Agarwal

Great work!

Love your blog! Thankful for having had an opportunity to taste some of your delectable recipes. What I like the most is your focus on healthy ingredients and making it seem so simple yet delicious. Great work and wishing you the best as always!!


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to receive Delicious Recipes delivered right into your Inbox! And it's FREE!! There will be NO SPAM and your email will not be shared with any third parties! PROMISE!!

About Me

Welcome Readers, I am Mani Mukhija. Thanks much for stopping by 'Ginger-it-Up'. I am an IT professional by qualification and currently live in Toronto, Canada. I am a Globe Trotter. My blog was born in the "Queen City- Charlotte" in United States and is growing in the "Land of Maple Leaf", Canada !! And now that you’re here, please connect with me, stay longer and don’t be a stranger. Please leave a comment, a note or follow along.