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Eggplant Chutney (Brinjal Chutney)

 Published 2012-Feb-27   Updated 2022-Apr-05

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Baingan Ki Chutney, Sutta Kathrikai Chutney, Vankaya Pachadi, Kathrikai Thogayal)

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Brinjal/Eggplant Chutney is a very tasty way of including brinjal in your diet. Brinjal is one vegetable that is either loved or hated. The first category of people just love the brinjal taste and are comfortable with its unique texture. There are another group of people who just cannot handle the texture and taste of brinjal. This recipe is for such people. Yes! It is one of those dishes where the texture of brinjal is masked by the other ingredients added. The final product is so delicious. You can enjoy it with hot steaming rice, dosa or idli. So make sure you try it out.

I have added tomato while making the chutney to get the reddish color. Traditionally, tomato is not added which gives a very bland look to the chutney. Nevertheless, it still tastes good. So I leave the choice to you.

Recipe For Eggplant Chutney


  • Eggplant - 1
  • Tomato - 1
  • Tamarind - blueberry sized ball
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chilies - 4
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp + 1/4 tsp(for seasoning)
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - handful


  1. Apply oil on all the sides of the eggplant. Roast it directly on the flame till the skin is charred.

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  2. Another option is to set the oven in broil mode and broil the eggplant. Be sure to turn the eggplant after each side is cooked. It takes app. 15-20 minutes for all the sides of the eggplant to get cooked. Let it cool down.
  3. Once it cools down, peel the skin and mash the eggplant.

    Brinjal Chutney

  4. Heat oil in kadai. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal. Let it splutter. 
  5. Add dry red chilies, tamarind, asafoetida and tomatoes and let it cook for few minutes.
  6. Grind the above mixture along with the mashed eggplant in the mixer or blender. Add salt to taste. If you prefer, add 2 tbsp of grated coconut.
  7. (optional) Heat oil in a small pan, splutter some mustard seeds and curry leaves and add it to the chutney. Garnish it with Coriander leaves.

Serving Suggestion

Brinjal Chutney

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Comment by  Shy Venkat on 19 February 2010 17:07PM
    Thanks Dahlia! I loved your site and the variety of recipes you have here.
I was looking for chutney's and found some my mom used to make(Zucchini, brinjal)... we are from South India, too.. parents settled in Bombay.. and now I live in the US...
Thanks again
Reply :-
    Hi Venkat,
    Do try the recipe and feel free to ask if you have any doubts.

Comment by Sejal Patel on 09 January 2009 00:48AM
    i tried with dosa very teste.
Reply :-
    Yes Sejal, it goes very well with dosa.

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