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Apr 25, 2010

Vankaaya Menthi Kaaram (Eggplants spiced with Fenugreek Seeds)

This is a different way to eat eggplants. Fenugreek seeds give a slight bitter taste to this dish, but it didn’t dominate the overall taste. The tamarind used in the recipe, subsides the bitterness to some extent. Try this curry and I hope you’ll like it. I saw this recipe on a TV show and jotted it down immediately. We liked it so much.


  • 2 cups Eggplant, cubed
  • Tamarind, gooseberry sized (soaked in little water for some time)
  • A pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • 2 or 3 tsp Black Gram (Minappappu, Urad Dal)
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Menthulu, Methi)
  • 3 dry red Chilies
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3 tsp Oil
  • Salt


Extract juice from the soaked tamarind and pour it in a pan. To this add the eggplant pieces + salt + turmeric, cover and heat on a medium flame until it comes to a boil and eggplant absorbs the tamarind water and becomes dry and soft.

While the eggplant pieces are cooking, heat another pan and add some oil. To this add black gram + fenugreek seeds + mustard seeds + red chilies and fry until they turn golden brown in color. Then grind this into a fine/coarse powder by adding little salt.

Add this powder to the boiled eggplant pieces and mix well. Pour a little oil on top, cover and allow it to cook for 2 minutes. Keep the flame on low.

Finally turn off the flame and enjoy the yummy eggplant curry with steaming hot rice. Yummy!!


Unknown said... [Reply]

I love love love Menthi Kharam. It has been a while since I had it. Need to try it now that you tempted me :)

Indhu said... [Reply]

love this recipe.. am sure it would taste great with some rice :)

priya said... [Reply]

love to have egg plant this way...looks so yum

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks spicy and delicious..

Finla said... [Reply]

This indeed look spicy delicous.

AJ said... [Reply]

Nice recipe!!

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

i love this .. looks soo yumm

Usha said... [Reply]

Great combination of eggplant with methi, looks yum !

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Quite an interesting dish with methi seeds, thanks for sharing Uma..

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Great with curd rice...........

Panchpakwan said... [Reply]

Sounds delcious recipe..

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Very interesting and different curry Uma...love the cute birdie peeking in :)

Ann said... [Reply]

It looks spicy and delicious

Indranee Batabyal said... [Reply]

This is a yummy eggplant recipe...love it!

Soma Pradhan said... [Reply]

very yummy recipe dear..looks like mutton from picture

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