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Blend of few spices gives unique flavor to the dish.  In this case this is one of my simple yet flavorful spice blend that goes very well with any stir fries particularly eggplant(small one), potato, Okra(Bhindi).  The measurement for the spice powder which I am giving today can be stored in airtight container (refrigerate) and can be used for 3 to 5 times.   Try to do in lesser quantity to maintain its freshness. I usually add pumpkin seeds for making this powder since I did not have on that day I used sunflower seeds.  You can either use pumpkin seeds or Sunflower seeds.  Off to the recipe...

Eggplant Fry with flavorful Spices


Eggplant - 8 (small ones)
Spice powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp (as needed)
Salt - as required
Oil - for frying
Coriander leaves for garnishing

For Spice powder:

Saunf - 1/2 tbsp
Kalonji/Nigella seeds/Onion seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Pumpkin seeds - 1/2 tbsp

Dry roast the above ones, cool and powder it coarsely (not very fine).  Store in airtight container and refrigerate to maintain its freshness.



1.  Heat oil in the broad pan (preferably nonstick). 
2. Slit the eggplants to six parts without removing the green part.
3. Wash it again and drain it.
4. Now add to the pan, close with lid.  Keep the flame in medium.
5. Open and change the sides of the eggplant. 
6. Repeat until the eggplant is 1/2 done.  Now add salt, spice powder and chilli powder.
7. After adding this don't close the lid, fry till everything is well coated and roasted well on all sides.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves.

 Serve it with steamed rice and ghee, dhal rice, roti. We had it with rice, dhal, aloo gobi subzi and roti.


Try this spice powder for Potato roast, Okra fry it tastes awesome.

Nandita SS  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM)  

I just love anything in egg plant. That spice mix is ver unique and is new to me. will try making that soon

Vijitha  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM)  

Looks delicious! I am not a big eggplant fan but this one tempts me to take a bite. Awesome clicks Pavi darling!

Padma  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM)  

Nice spice mix, very aromatic. Looks awesome.

La @ FoodSlice  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM)  

Like your spice mix. My husband and in-laws like eggplant fry and i generally use a dash of garam masala in addition to salt and chili powder. will try your spice mix instead of the garam masala next time.

Chitra  – (September 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM)  

wats kalonji ? new to me. ur eggplant recipe makes me feel nostalgic :)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (September 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM)  

@ Chitra Kalonji is Nigella seeds/onion seeds, I have updated above. Its very flavorful and has nice medicinal properties too..:)

Rose from Magpies Recipes  – (September 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM)  

Oh my goodness So delicious! We LOVE eggplant. Bookmarking this :)

Soma  – (September 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM)  

The spice powder sounds AMAZING! I am loving the kalonji in there...I do a similar thing but never added favorite spice. HAVE TO try this.

soujanya  – (September 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM)  

What a picks yaar....awesome....
brinjal looks yummmmm!!!!!

Torviewtoronto  – (September 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM)  

delicious looking eggplant fry and flavour

Anonymous –   – (September 15, 2011 at 6:17 PM)  

Wow! The way you rpasted eggpalnt looks fantastic and yummy:)

Raks  – (September 15, 2011 at 7:21 PM)  

Nice way to cook brinjals, lovely spice blend! Mouthwatering now!

Savi-Ruchi  – (September 15, 2011 at 7:37 PM)  

Indeed a unique blend! Will try it soon.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (September 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM)  

Very delicious and spicy looking eggplant preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Rekha shoban  – (September 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM)  

yummy yummy!!!delicious fry!!lovely click!

Prema  – (September 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM)  

wow nice and flavourful spice powder,love the recipe...very tempting roasted brinjal...yum!

Hari Chandana P  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM)  

OMG, looks absolutely inviting and tempting.. very delicious recipe dear.. love the preparation and presentation :)
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Rama  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM)  

Absolutely amazing spice blend. Its roasted to perfection. The pictures have made the dish to fall out of the screen. Kudos.

Missed your last post, its amazing too. Perfectly pro looking Biscotti. It would be perfect for tea time and breakfast


Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (September 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM)  

Wow Pavi ur snaps is really making me to drool..would be perfect combination with my all time fav Curd rice:)

Unknown  – (September 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM)  

Wow flavourful and tempting brinjal fry

Vardhini  – (September 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM)  

Flavor packed eggplant curry. Tempting clicks.

Indian Khana  – (September 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM)  

Looks delicious flavorful ...nice pics

Prerna@IndianSimmer  – (September 16, 2011 at 12:37 AM)  

I have never used pumpkin seeds for bharwa baingan before. But this sounds wonderful! Bookmarking the recipe and will be trying soon.

Umm Mymoonah  – (September 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM)  

That is so tempting and I love your spice mix.

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (September 16, 2011 at 3:58 AM)  

The dish is so tempting and I cam smell the aroma of the spice mixture here. Lovely

Priya Suresh  – (September 16, 2011 at 7:23 AM)  

Super delicious and very tempting fry..lovely spice mixture..

Prathima Rao  – (September 16, 2011 at 7:28 AM)  

This is an awesome spice blend!!!
Prathima Rao
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chef and her kitchen  – (September 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM)  

loved that spice blend...lovely stir fry..:) chk my blog I have tagged u in that 7 link game

Preeti Kashyap  – (September 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM)  

yummm.....indeed a unique spice blend...thanks!

Kurryleaves  – (September 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM)  

interesting spice blend...lovely..thanks for sharing this one

Unknown  – (September 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM)  

Interesting spice mix - love the addition of pumpkin seeds :)

Menaga Sathia  – (September 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM)  

Flavourful spice mix..looks awesome...

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (September 19, 2011 at 7:22 AM)  

Beautiful! That spice blend is really wonderful. An exquisite eggplant dish.



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