Brinjal and Green Peas Masala

This is a Brinjal preparation I first tasted at my neighbour’s place. She was kind enough to give me the recipe. The coconut based gravy blends very well with the brinjals. A typical South Indian preparation.

Baingan Masala with Green Peas (Brinjal Masala with Green Peas)

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: brinjal,, coconut, gravy, peas
Servings: 4 persons
Author: Bhagya Suvarna


  • 250 grams Brinjals
  • 1 Cup Green Peas
  • 2 Nos Onions Chopped Finely
  • 1 Tsp Jaggery
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Tsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic
  • 6-7 Nos Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • Salt to Taste

Ingredients for Masala Paste

  • 5 Nos Red Chillies Dried
  • 1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 3-4 nos Cloves
  • 4-5 nos Peppercorns
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 3-4 Tbsp Grated Coconut


  • In a pan dry roast the Ingredients given under Masala Paste
  • Grind them to a fine paste along with tamarind paste, jaggery, 2 cloves of garlic and salt. Keep aside.
  • Meanwhile slit the brinjals into four parts, just more than halfway through, so it remains as a whole with the stem intact.
  • Stuff the ground masala into the slit brinjals and keep aside the remaining masala.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the mustard seeds, once it begins to splutter add the curry laves, ginger and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add in the onions and cook till it has turned slightly pinkish in colour.
  • Add in the stuffed brinjal and saute for a minute. Add the remaining masala paste and cook for a minute. Add in the green peas, turmeric powder and a cup of water. Mix well and cover the pressure cooker. Let it cook on a medium flame for two whistles.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the cooker and once again bring to boil, check the seasoning and the coriander leaves. Mix gently
  • The brinjal masala with green peas can be had with Rotis or Jeera rice
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