Fried Brinjal Recipe


Amma’s Fried Brinjal recipe was much like her batter for frying fish. It contained flour and spices. The Brinjal (Aubergines) were sliced into thin discs then coated in batter before being deep fried. Amma mostly made Fried Brinjal as a topping for her Veg Pizza. 

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How To Make Fried Brinjal

This recipe serves 2 using 1 aubergine. To make a larger quantity increase the ingredients proportionately.


  • (1 cup cake flour + ½ teaspoon baking powder )  or 1 cup self raising flour
  •  ½ cup pea flour (gram flour)
  • 1  cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder (use desired limit)
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 large Brinjal (sliced thin)

1. Sift the dry ingredients- this will help prevent the batter from having any lumps.
2. Add the beat egg to the milk.Combine then add to the dry ingredients.
2.  Stir to form a thick paste like consistency.
3. Slice Brinjal into thin discs. Pat dry with so that the batter sticks to the brinjal.
6. Immerse a few Brinjal slices into the batter then fry on medium heat until the batter browns slightly.
7. Drain off excess oil. Serve warm.
Healthy Alternative to Fried Brinjal
Delicious as they are I prefer ‘fried brinjal without flour and the excess oil. To make a healthier alternative to fried brinjal simply omit the flour and excess oil for frying. Instead place the Brinjal in a bowl then add spices and a teaspoon or two of oil (preferably olive oil). Pre-heat the oven. Place Brinjal slices on parchment/oven paper then bake for 30 minutes on 180 degrees.
If you have a fan function in your oven this works best. Cooking times may vary depending on oven types. It is best to keep a close eye on the brinjals so that they don’t burn. Turning the Brinjal helps cook them evenly.
Alternatively you could also toast them on a heated pan instead of using the oven. This works best when the Brinjal is sliced thin.
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How to Serve Fried Brinjal?
Amma used fried Brinjal a topping on Veg Pizza, it can also be served in a salad.
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To make Aubergine Salad you will need:
  • A bunch of your favorite salad greens
  • Fried Brinjal
  • Diced cucumber
For the dressing:
  • ½ red chilli chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • ½ honey
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar.
1. Place the salad greens in a bowl. Top with fried  Brinjal slices.
2. Combine the honey, mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar. Mix until a uniform liquid is formed. Drizzle over the salad.

How To Make Aubergine Bows
To make Bows as I have for this salad – simply twist the aubergine slices to form bows


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