Fried Brinjal recipe (Indian Aubergine Side-Dish)

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Fried Brinjal is an easy to make Indian dish that is not only delicious but healthy as well; and it hardly takes about 25 minutes. Perfect as a snack, entree or side-dish!

If you are ever in a hurry and need to make a quick and easy dish or snack, you can try your hand at the vegetarian fried Brinjal or baingan. This fried eggplant recipe is really tasty and healthy as well. Dad uses just a few ingredients to make the fried brinjal and gives us steaming hot snacks for tea time or as appetizers. They do great as an entree or a side dish for dinner too; a perfect pairing for dal and rice.

What ingredients Do you Need for Fried Brinjal?

You don’t need much for fried brinjal. Just the brinjal, a handful of spices like chilli powder, turmeric, pepper and salt. And of course, the rice flour and vinegar to marinate it, and oil to fry it.

How to make Fried Brinjal easily

Start by cutting the Brinjal in thin slices, about quarter of an inch or lesser in width.

Chop the brinjal into half cm thick slices - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Chop the brinjal into half cm thick slices

Add a teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon of turmeric and one teaspoon of chilli powder. You can also add half teaspoon of pepper, depending on how spicy you want it.

Add turmeric and chilli powder - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add turmeric and chilli powder
Add flour and mix together - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add Rice flour and mix together

Add 2 tablespoons of rice flour and 2 tablespoons vinegar and mix the ingredients together and let it rest for a little while (about 5 minutes or so).

Leave to rest for some time - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Leave to rest for some time
Fry with oil - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Fry with oil

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the brinjal for about 5-7 minutes, then flip sides. Total frying time is about 15 minutes. For a regular-sized brinjal, you might have to use 2 pans or the same pan twice.

Turn over the aubergine and fry the other side - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Turn over the aubergine and fry the other side

And there you have it, yummy fried brinjal, all ready to eat! Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Did I say yummy? Serve as a side-dish for dinner, or as a hot snack with plain curd or chutney.

Fried Brinjal slices are ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Fried Brinjal slices are ready

What’s perfect about this Fried Brinjal recipe?

  • Baingan or brinjal is high in fibre and perfect for a low calorie snack or side-dish.
  • Using rice flour ensures that the recipe is glutenfree.
  • It’s an easy-to-make appetizer or side dish that hardly takes half an hour.

Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • The vinegar used in the recipe adds a tangy flavor. Use apple cider vinegar if you want a more earthy flavor.
  • If you are not a Celiac, you can use gram flour instead of rice flour for this vegetarian recipe.
  • This brinjal is crisp on the outside and gooey inside. If you want it crisp througout, deep fry instead of shallow fry.

Other FAQs about Brinjal

What is an other name for Brinjal?

Aubergine or Egg Plant. (Baingan in Hindi.)

Do you know if Brinjal is a Fruit or Vegetable?

It is a fruit, however it is commonly used as a vegetable.

Can you make this dish with Green Brinjal ?

Yes, you can use green brinjal or any other variety you have available in your area.

Can you use the seeds and skin?

Yes, the seeds and skin are edible.

Do I have to use vinegar?

No, you can fry brinjal without using vinegar.

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Fried Brinjal slices are ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Fried Brinjal Recipe

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Fried Brinjal is an easy to make dish that is not only delicious but healthy as well; and it hardly takes about 25 minutes. Perfect as a snack or side-dish!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Starter
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g Brinjal or Baingan or Aubergine or Eggplant
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • .5 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Chilly Powder
  • 2 tbsp Rice flour
  • .5 tsp Pepper
  • 4 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Cut the Brinjal in thin slices lesser than a cm thick.
  • Add 1 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, 1 teaspoon Chilli powder and mix together.
  • Add 2 tablespoons Rice flour, 2 tablespoons Vinegar to the brinjal mixture and leave it to rest.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry half the brinjal for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Repeat with the other half of the brinjal for 5 to 7 minutes on each side. (Or use 2 frying pans to save time.)
  • And that's it! The easy Indian fried brinjal is ready.

Notes

  • For a tangy flavor, add vinegar. If you want a more earthy flavor, used apple cider.
  • Instead of rice flour, you can use gram flour as well.
  • Deep fry if you like it more crisp.
Easy and Quick Indian Fried Brinjal Recipe - By Abby from TheWingedFork
Fried Brinjal Recipe - By Abby from TheWingedFork

3 thoughts on “Fried Brinjal recipe (Indian Aubergine Side-Dish)”

    • The fried aubergine can be eaten without chutney or sauce and tastes great plain too! But if there was a choice, you can use ketchup, chilli sauce or sour cream.

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