Brinjal Yoghurt Based Gravy (Dahi Baingan)

Brinajal yoghurt based gravy (Dahi baingan) is a famous north Indian dish, served especially during festivals.

The combination of brinjal with yoghurt and spices gives it a unique taste. It goes well as side dish with any main course.

Step 1: Ingredients

The thing you need are:

  • One large brinjal (eggplant)
  • One chopped onion
  • Two chopped tomatoes
  • One teaspoon of cumin and mustard seeds
  • Two table spoon sesame seeds
  • Two dry red chilies
  • Cloves, cardamom, one inch cinnamon stick and bay leaf
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • A teaspoon of coriander powder
  • A teaspoon of garam masala powder
  • One cup of yoghurt
  • Salt as per taste

Before starting we need to prepare few things:

  • First you will have to fry the brinjals to a light brown color
  • Second is to make sesame powder
  • Third is to make a yoghurt spice mixture

These all steps are described in this instructable.

Step 2: First Step Is to Fry the Chopped Brinjals

  • Heat the oil in a wok and fry the chopped brinjals until they turn a little brown.

Step 3: Make the Sesame Powder

  • Roast two tablespoon sesame seeds and two dry red chilies in a skillet. Blend them to a fine powder.

Step 4: Make the Yoghurt Spice Mixture

  • Take one cup of yoghurt and add half teaspoon turmeric powder, a teaspoon red chili powder, a teaspoon of coriander powder and a teaspoon of garam masala powder and mix all the spices with the yoghurt.

Step 5: Procedure for Making the Curry

  • Take a vessel and add a little oil. When the oil is heated, add a teaspoon of cumin, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cloves and bayleaf and saut√© for a few minutes.

Step 6: Add Chopped Onions and Tomatoes

  • Add the finely chopped onions, a teaspoon of ginger garlic paste and chopped tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes becomes soft.

Step 7: Add the Blended Sesame Seed Powder and Spiced Yoghurt and Mix

  • Add the previously blended sesame seed powder and spiced yoghurt and mix everything.

Step 8: Add Salt and Fryed Brinjals

  • Finally add salt, the fried brinjals and mix everything. Cover and cook for few minutes

Step 9: Serve

  • Garnish with spring onions and serve the Brinjal yoghurt gravy with chapathi, which is an unleavened flatbread from the Indian Subcontinent.
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