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Sep 22, 2008

Harmony of Eggplant and Yogurt (Vankaya Perugu Pachadi)

I feel like eggplant (brinjal) and yogurt go so well together. Take baingan bharta, dahi baingan, how delicious those are! Most importantly, eggplant is my favorite vegetable; especially I like the stuffed curry with eggplant. I think whatever you make with eggplant, say curry, gravy, chutney, raita, it just tastes divine. Alright, that’s enough praising the king! Let’s dig into the recipe.

Eggplant – Yogurt Pachadi (వంకాయ పెరుగు పచ్చడి)


  • 1 cup Eggplant pieces, cut into thin strips or cubes
  • 1 cupYogurt
  • 2 or 3 green Chilies cut into small pieces
  • A small piece of Ginger cut into tiny pieces (Optional)
  • 1 small Tomato cut into small pieces
  • A handful of Cilantro
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt as required

For Seasoning:

  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 broken dry red Chilies
  • Some Curry Leaves (I didn’t add these as I don’t have them at hand)
  • ½ tsp Bengal Gram (Pachi Senagapappu, Chana Dal)
  • ½ tsp Black Gram (Minappappu, Urad Dal)
  • ½ tsp Oil


Add the eggplant pieces + green chilies + tomato + ginger + cilantro in a microwave safe bowl. Add a little amount of water (½ cup approx.) to the eggplant mixture, cover and microwave for 10 minutes. Let it stand for one minute. Then open the lid carefully as it will be so hot and check if the vegetables are cooked. If not, increase time as required and microwave again, covered. Then mix the contents well. Keep aside.

Meanwhile, add turmeric and salt to yogurt and mix well. Add this yogurt to the eggplant mixture and microwave again for 3 minutes. Take out the bowl from the microwave, mix well and adjust salt.

Now, it’s time to season the yogurt pachadi. In a small pan pour the oil and add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter, add the cumin seeds + Bengal gram + black gram and finally red chilies and don’t forget curry leaves, if using. Fry well until the dals change color. Add this seasoning to the yogurt pachadi. Mix well and enjoy hot or cold with rice or chapathis.

This is my contribution to dear Sangeeth’s “Eat Healthy – Calcium Rich” event.

I used a cup of low-fat yogurt in this recipe, which is rich in so many nutrients, especially calcium. It has been proved that yogurt plays an important role in burning fat too! So a cup of yogurt a day is so good for keeping good health.

Check out Karuna's post on "Regional Cooking of India" to learn about different cuisines of south India.


Srivalli said... [Reply]

Uma, that sounds so wonderful..eps the fact that you cooked this in mw!..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Hi uma.. nice entry... new for me.. sounds delicious.. thxs for sharing..

Raks said... [Reply]

Like the ingredients and great that u did in microwave!!!

Shreya said... [Reply]

Hi, eggplant with yogurt pacchadi is new to me. Looks great and simple recipe too..

kamala said... [Reply]

Looks mouthwatering Uma..And u make in MW!!! so yummy

ST said... [Reply]

Looks mouthwatering Uma..And great that u make in MW!!!

Usha said... [Reply]

Good one...healthy and simple...congrats on all your awards...had fun reading your tags below too...

Unknown said... [Reply]

Thats a WOW entry from you dear...
again new to me...

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

this looks really different combo will try this curry for sure...
Thanks for sharing

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said... [Reply]

Uma hun! your recipes are always so delicious :-P thanks a lot dear!
a big kiss!

notyet100 said... [Reply]

looks so yum,..

Finla said... [Reply]

Looks so delicious.
Wish i could whip up dishes like this.

Sangeeth said... [Reply]

thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!!!!and wow with a MW? cool yaar....

Cham said... [Reply]

I am big fan of brinjal too :) Looks delicious the MW method !

Unknown said... [Reply]

waah vankaya perugu pachadi mmm i like to have this with hot rice vankaya vanti koora ledu antaru kada mmm me recipe nooru ooristundi hay telugu lo yela rasaru

sra said... [Reply]

Haven't ever tried this, MW makes it more attractive.

Aparna Inguva said... [Reply]

Dear Uma, thanks a lot for the award. A post card for you at:

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

this is lovely dear will try it some time ...

Deepa Kuber said... [Reply]

this is so healthy.. i loved anything with yogurt.. eggplant n yogurt is such a good combo..

karuna said... [Reply]

really nice and simple eggplant dish. hey can u please link back to this post
i would love to have this recipe on tht post. thanks a ton

Tee said... [Reply]

wow! this is a new recipe for me...looks delicious!

raaji said... [Reply]

hey thats a nice idea to make it in a microwave.thanks for sharing

Unknown said... [Reply]

Looks absolutely delicious Uma..

Laavanya said... [Reply]

That'snew to me.. must've been delish.

Beyond Curries said... [Reply]

My mother is going to love this pachadi, because she is a huge eggplant fan. I'll ask her to look at this recipe and prepare it. Thanks for such a simple recipe Uma.

Meera said... [Reply]

Looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said... [Reply]

wonderful recipe Uma,lovely picture too and very tempting.

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

Saw a bharta in m/w recently, now this one! Good work:)

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

This is new to me and looks so tempting. Vankayalu unnai intlo..try chestanu :)

Swati said... [Reply]

Hi Uma

I make this at times and love the taste.. Great pic!!

Pavani said... [Reply]

hi uma,it looks delicious

anudivya said... [Reply]

Lovely Uma, have a question though... does the yogurt curdle if you add it when it is hot?

Lavanya Raj said... [Reply]

This combination is new to me Uma.Looks great too..

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

this is a excellent choice and unique baigan dish...looks great..

Madhavi said... [Reply]

This sounds/looks yummoooo!!!

Cham said... [Reply]

U got a mail Dear :)

Aparna Balasubramanian said... [Reply]

This pacahsdi looks interesting, though I don't like eggplant in very dish.:)
Eggplant raitas usually involve charring the vegetable. We make a pchadi using eggplant with tamarind and coconut.

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

Looks yummy...

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Love anything with brinjal.. we make this slightly diferently.. your version is mouthwatering.

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