If you’re a fan of eggplants, then you’re in for a treat! India has many delicious eggplant recipes to take you on a flavorful journey. From creamy curries to spiced mashed eggplant and crispy fritters, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best Indian eggplant recipes you must try!

Eggplant is considered native to India and popularly known as the “King of vegetables”. And it does have a beautiful crown sitting on its head.

Interestingly, the term Eggplant is used in North America and Australia. ‘Aubergine is the name by which it is called in Britain. In Persian, it is called ‘badenjan‘. It is called the ‘brinjal in India, South Africa, and other south Asian countries.

We use regular large-size eggplants and mini eggplants in India for many curries. Although if you can’t find the baby eggplants, switch them out with chopped-up cubes of large eggplants. Enjoy this wonderful collection of easy eggplant recipes from North and South India.

Aloo Baingan

Aloo Brinjal (potato and eggplant curry) in a white bowl with roti Indian flatbread

Aloo Baingan Masala is an easy one-pot curry made with potatoes, eggplants, and aromatic spices. A vegan and gluten-free Potato & Eggplant Curry is a perfect dish with a side of roti, naan, or parathas.

Get the Aloo Baingan recipe.

Eggplant Pakora

eggplant fritters with tea and 2 chutney on the side

Eggplant/ Baingan pakora is a classic fritter in which thin slices of eggplant are dunked in a spiced gram flour batter and fried till golden. Enjoy this vegan and gluten-free snack with masala chai and chutneys any time of the day!

Get the Eggplant Pakora recipe.

Baingan Bharta

Indian eggplant Recipe garnished with cilantro

“Baingan” in Hindi means eggplant, and “bharta” means puree or mash. As a result, it translates to nothing but mashed eggplant.

Baingan Bharta, a popular smoky and zesty dish from North India, is made with roasted, mashed eggplant sauteed in onion, garlic, tomatoes, and Indian spices.

Get the Baingan Bharta recipe.

Bharwa Baingan (Stuffed Eggplant)

Air Fryer Stuffed Eggplant. Bharwan Baingan

Stuffed Eggplant, or Bharwan Baingan, is a delicious dish with baby eggplants stuffed with aromatic and flavorful spices.

This is made in the Air Fryer, which gives them a wonderful crispy texture. You can enjoy it with roti or paratha or as a side with lentils and rice.

Get the Stuffed Eggplant recipe.

South Indian Brinjal Curry / Vanakaya Gutti

Bringal Curry in a pan
Photo Credit: My Food Story

This stuffed Brinjal Curry is an Andhra-style recipe that’s very popular down South for all the right reasons. It’s got a ground masala base that’s spicy, tangy, sweet, and nutty all at once, stuffed into small eggplants and simmered in gravy.

Get the South Indian Brinjal Curry recipe.

Beguni

Bengali style fried eggplant in a bronze plate
Photo Credit: Playful Cooking

Begun Bhaja is a classic Bengali-style fried eggplant. It is one of the most favorite and common dishes prepared with eggplant. Pair it with Khichuri (rice and lentil porridge) or with Luchi (fried bread), or enjoy it with rice, ghee, and a few green chilies on the side.  

Get the Beguni recipe.

Eggplant Sambar

Eggplant sambar in a small brass bowl topped with cilantro
Photo Credit: Vegan Richa

This South Indian Sambar with Eggplant is a filling soup, typically enjoyed with idli or dosa.

Get the Eggplant Sambar recipe.

Dahi Baingan

Doi begun in a serving plate
Photo Credit: Playful Cooking

Doi Begun is a popular Bengali eggplant curry. The eggplant is fried until tender and then topped on a tangy yogurt-based sauce spiced with cumin, coriander, and turmeric, making it a delicious and comforting vegetarian meal.

Get the Dahi Baingan recipe.

Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan

Bagara Baingan in a white serving plate
Photo Credit: Cubes and Juliennes

This Bagara Baingan Recipe is a rich, flavorful, and authentic Hyderabadi eggplant curry often served as a side dish with biryani, rice, or Indian bread. The fried eggplants are simmered in thick nuts, seeds, and tamarind-based gravy to give a perfect vegetarian masterpiece for your dinner table!

Get the Hyderabadi Bagara Baingan recipe.

Khatte Meethe Baingan

Sweet and savory eggplant (Khatte meethe baingan) served in a bowl garnished with cilantro leaves.
Photo Credit: Cook with Manali

Khatte Meethe Baingan, aka sour and sweet eggplants! If you love eggplants as much as I do and are always looking for new ways to enjoy them, give them a try. Baby eggplants are cooked with pickling spices like fennel and nigella and tossed in a sweet and sour curry made with tamarind and jaggery.

Get the Khatte Meethe Baingan recipe.

Eggplant Sweet Potato Lentil Curry

Eggplant sweet potato and lentil curry in a bowl
Photo Credit: Vegan Richa

Mung Beans, lentils, spices, sweet potato, and eggplant make this delicious curry. Make it in a saucepan or InstantPot Pressure Cooker.

Get the Eggplant Sweet Potato Lentil Curry recipe.

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. I made your recipe Green Beans & Potatoes & Fabulousoooooo Deliciousoooo!!! Im Hooked on your Cooking, I do not have air fryer I do not want one. I make all regular pot cooking. Yummy !!!! now I am going to prepare and eggplant dish as I have some gorgeous long thin eggplants ! Also 3 varieties of fresh Beets, golden, purple, & new to me chioggio . Thank you Blessed Everything ! CarolenaOOOpsie I Am Extremely Grateful for my friends Urban farm I purchase from weekly & grow local market also.

    1. Hi Carolena – So glad you are enjoying the recipes. Looking forward to hear hhow the eggplant dish turns out.