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Eggplant Masala in a steel karahi with mint
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5 from 4 votes

Eggplant Masala

Delicious eggplant in a spicy sauce with cooling mint stirred in.
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Eggplant masala
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 118kcal


  • 2 eggplants (like Japanese or Chinese eggplants, cut into ¾ cm-thick rings)
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1-inch stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 2 medium tomatoes , diced
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp jaggery (unrefined Indian sugar), grated


  • Toss the eggplants with ½ tbsp oil and a pinch of salt and arrange in a single layer on a non-stick rack (you can use a baking sheet, but a rack is more effective in preventing the eggplant from sticking)
  • Broil on high in the oven for between-10 minutes or until the eggplant is lightly browned and almost tender
  • Meanwhile, heat half of the 1 tbsp of oil and saute the coriander, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Drain and remove from the pan to a blender.
  • In the same skillet, saute the onions and garlic until browned on the edges. Add this to the blender.
  • Add the tomatoes to the skillet and toss for a couple of minutes until they begin to soften. Add to the blender along with the mint leaves. Add the turmeric, cayenne and jaggery to the blender as well.
  • Blend the ingredients, adding a little water, until they make a fairly smooth paste.
  • Cut the grilled eggplant rings into quarters
  • Heat the remaining oil in the skillet.
  • Add the ground masala and stir for a few minutes. Then add the eggplant. Simmer together on low heat, about 10 minutes, adding some water if necessary to keep the sauce slightly fluid. Add the jaggery.
  • Add salt to taste. Garnish with coriander if desired.
  • Serve hot with chapatis or rotis.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg