Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Aloo Baingan Jhol

Baingan or brinjal or eggplant, as it is known in North America, is one of the best sabzis if cooked right. I always loved my Mom's Baingan ka bhartha but it is not easy to cook and if it doesn't cook right, it tastes awful. So, I prefer cooking this recipe which is much easier and very yummy esp. with aloo which complements the baingan perfectly. This is a bengali recipe where jhol means curry/sauce.

The first one to guess this one right was Neetie. So yeayyyyyyy to her. It's funny but I cannot understand why Americans call baingan, eggplant. Maybe because of the oval shape but it was still funny to hear it for the first time.

Aloo Baingan Jhol

Dedication: This recipe is dedicated to two beautiful bengalis, Sonali and Aindrila.

Serving: 2-3

  1. 2 dried red chillis
  2. 1 tsb coriander seeds
  3. 1 tsb cumin seeds
  4. 1 tsb mustard seeds
  5. 2 tsb oil
  6. 1 medium onion, sliced
  7. 1/2 tsb. turmeric
  8. 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  9. 1/2 medium eggplant or baingan or brinjal, cut into cubes
  10. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  11. 1 medium tomato, chopped
  12. 1 tsb. tamarind concentrate
  13. 1/2 tsb salt


  1. Grind the chillis, coriander, cumin and mustard seeds to powder.
  2. Heat the oil in pan and add onion and turmeric.
  3. Fry over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes and fry for 1 more min.
  5. Cover and cook on medium heat untill the potatoes are cooked.
  6. Keep stirring all this while.
  7. Add the eggplant and garlic and fry for one min.
  8. Add the tomato and fry for another min.
  9. Cook and cover for 5-6 mins.
  10. Stir in ground spices, tamarind, salt.
  11. Add 2 cups of boiling water.
  12. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking
  13. Serve hot with rice and daal.

Hint for the next recipe: Mr. Bean ate a potato last night and drank green beer because it was St. Patrics Day

Gossip of the week: Sholay movie will be part of teaching course in 5th std. in schools. Is this a good idea?


At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Mehak said...

Arre new recipe...have nevere prepared this dish...
first let me read the recipe :)

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Sweety Maruth said...

hmmm!!! yummy dish :P

i wll prepare sometime n send it 2 u tht ok 2 u :|||

Sholay in skool ..its not good ..i think soo :D

At 11:04 PM, Blogger anks said...

Never did like aloo baingan! americans call it eggplant because its a plant whose fruit resembles an egg!

next one seems to be a beans and potato dish... but yeh beer green kyon hai, am still wondering!

At 11:21 PM, Blogger The Bhandari's said...

hmm I don't like brinjals at all :( so won't be trying this sorry
waiting for other dish to come up and will try
Am even bugged up in office coz every second day here also there is brinjal in lunch and I have to go on corn and juice :(

At 4:50 AM, Blogger AINDRILA CHAUDHURI said...

My first comment here......hmm... bangla khabar(food)...i love bong food!!!Though am not an expert in cooking...but i think i will try out this one :)

At 4:59 AM, Anonymous Mehak said...

I dont think i prepare Aloo Baingain Jhol...not too fond of Baingan..

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Fursat said...

ahaa mera naam hai yaha to :P

hmmm sometime ll try this recipe. though i like baingan ka bharta only. no other baingan dish for me.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger faith said...

yum yum ..


At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Nidhi2Ricky said...

have had this so many times :P

Its one of the easiest one....considering how quick my mom is :P and i love it !!

Good one Ricky :) and yes i do not understand one bit of the hints that you give...maybe thats because i am rather alien to kitchen and cooking

:P ;)

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous shilpa said...

I am a first time visitor.
You have a great blog here.There are so many very interesting recipes.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Nupur said...

i must try it.

and just FYI - its not just the Americans, many countries call it the eggplant - Oz too funnily enough. Though i know that English/more sophi foody people call it the Aubergine!

At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said... here.......

and u got me hungry..............

ab tumhari khair nahi:P....


At 1:48 PM, Blogger White Forest said...

hmm looks yummy !

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Mehak - Try kareyo, if you like baingan...

Sweety - Thanks!! Yea, send me by courier and pack yourself too...LOL. I think there should be one subject on entertaintment though if not Sholay. What say?

Anks - Surprising. I love it. I know I know but its funny to hear first time.

Yea, you were right about next dish. Kyunki its green beans na iseliye... :P

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Bhandari's - Why don't punju people like bringals. You don't even like bharta?? You are so not Punju then. Ha ha, they know how to keep you on diet...LOL

Aindrila - Yippie!! Thanks!! Do try it out and tell me how it turned out.

Mehak - What's wrong with you

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Neetie - Haanjee, you won na. Pata nahin kaise... ;-) Do try it jab aapke pass time ho. I love baingan bharte too more than any baingan sabzi.

Faith - Aree try bhi karo ya only yum yum. LOL

Nidhi - Oh really!! Wow!! Yea, its very fast to cook and all.

Thank You!! You need to step into kitchen more, baad main kaam aayega... ;)

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Shilpa - Welcome Shilpa!! Thank You for the compliment. Please do visit again.

Nupur - Haanjee Gurujee, do try it. British and Indians call it Bringal too.

Sonali - Toh bana le na recipe. Aree ek toh main recipe de raha hoon aur tu mujhe aakhen dekha rahein hain...he he

At 11:42 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

White Forest - Welcome to my blog!! Thank You for the compliment. Do try the recipe.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Princess Au Contraire said...

Oye! me the Royal bengali can vouch for the fact that aloo baingan jhol def needs some really decent fish to be worth calling a jhol! :)

At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Justeat Coupons said...

its like aloo baingan yummy


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