Aloo Baingan Subzi Recipe (Indian Eggplant and Potato Curry)
The beauty of Indian Cooking is its versatility combed with big flavors. No wonder it is one of the most famous cuisines in the world. I am surprised yet so glad to see Indian restaurants popping every where I see in the recent years. Many westerners are aware of our food. Of course misconceptions exists galore but that's inevitable. I am sure my take on say African or Caribbean cuisine would make a native cringe but as the time goes by and awareness increase, these obvious misrepresentation will go down. Coming to this dish, it is one among those which shows the versatility of the cuisine. The permutation and combination of vegetables are GALORE and this dish highlights eggplant and potatoes together. Its a wonder how both these strong vegetables co-exist so well without taking away the credit from one another. Cooked with selective spices, these are flavorful and hearty. Since they are on the moist side (not completely dry nor gravy), they go very well with roti/tortillas.
Aloo Baingan Subzi Recipe (Indian Eggplant and Potato Curry)
The spices used, the amount used and the cooking style definitely varies from house to house (..and that's with most of the Indian dishes), so don't be thrown off if 20 different people give you 35(!!) different recipes for the same dish ;-) Every single dish - even the most simplest one you can think of , has at least 10 different recipes :)  Having said that, this is my version. The measurements are approximate since I am a "flinger" to the core when it comes to day to day cooking (though a strict "measurer" when it comes to baking). That's the main reason why you will hardly find that many day to day dishes in this site. I cannot measure for the life of me for such dishes - and well I am working on it! Use this recipe to work around your palate :)
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  • Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 medium (abt 250 gms) potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium large eggplant (about 250 gms), cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chillies (or as per taste. You can also use chilli powder)
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • curry leaves and cilantro to garnish
  • lemon juice to taste (or use 1/2 tsp mango powder (amchoor))
  • salt to taste
Method
1. Just make sure to drop the cubed eggplant into a bowl of water. This is to prevent discoloration. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile in a skillet, add 1 tsp of oil. When hot add the cumin seeds, then chillies, curry leaves, ginger , asafoetida and onions.
3. When onions get soft, add the potatoes along with salt and turmeric powder. Toss to coat. Sprinkle some water.
4. Close the lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Then add the eggplant along with cumin-coriander powder and let it cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the eggplant is cooked.
6. Towards the end add the garam masala and mango powder (or lemon juice). Toss well and garnish with cilantro.
We enjoyed it with plain roti's and Greek yogurt. Aloo Baingan Subzi Recipe (Indian Eggplant and Potato Curry)

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By shameema on Oct 20, 2011

By Susan on Oct 10, 2010

I love this. I have been a fan of potato and curry for a long time but the eggplant adds such a nice earthy sweetness. Really a great dish, even my teenagers (very picky) ate it without complaint.

Thanks for such a great site!

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By Livia on Jul 27, 2014

Went looking for a recipe to help me get through the produce from my garden, and I happened to have a backlog of potatoes and eggplants. Never had this combination before, but this dish is divine. I love the spice level, just on the right side of subtle. Thanks. And your introductory writeup was helpful, too.

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By Quiddity on Feb 3, 2013

Of COURSE! Turmeric! I *knew* my recipe was missing something cruicial! Thanks. :)

By pepperbowl on Dec 4, 2012

nice presentation...with great looking website

By Anni on Nov 29, 2012

I just made this! YUM :-) Very good with greek yoghurt. I LOVE aubergine (egglant, lol, I'm British!) Can't get enough of this website, you've made me a bit obsessed! :-s

Thank you for making my day :) And, you said it w.r.t Greek Yogurt. I LOVE it with Greek Yogurt :) --DK

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By sidika on Oct 1, 2012

hey .. firstly thanku so very much for posting this recipe , my mom made ths while we were in india and i was never a fan of eggplant but tht exact day i fel in love and it was today tht i asked her abt it and coincidentally gng thrugh ur recipe , i came across this and i was lke thts dinner ....cant wait to see if my hubby likes it , to my taste it turned out great,....thx hun !

By Caroline on Oct 20, 2011

Ahhhh...this dish is currently cooking on my stove and perfuming the air with its gorgeous symphony of spices. I am so looking forward to shoving the lovely spoonfuls in my gob. (i too am a 'flinger' - I love that description too!)

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By Sunita on Sep 23, 2010

hi dk will be making this for my todays dinner hope m hubby likes it will let u know tomorrow wid the photo

By vanamala on Aug 12, 2010

quick and nice recipe

By sunita on Aug 12, 2010

hey dk i was busy staring at yr non-stick cookware

By nishi on Aug 12, 2010

That's a very easy and tasty recipe. The pics as usual are great :)

By Hari Chandana on Aug 12, 2010

Looks perfect and delicious.. beautiful clicks !!

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By Sharmilee on Aug 11, 2010

Perfect subji for rotis

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By notyet100 on Aug 11, 2010

looks delicious

By Lata Raja on Aug 11, 2010

The 'flinger' is the most exciting term that enthues me to try this out..I know I have little patience for measurements too. That gives you a freedom to experiment doesn't it? I am sure to try..who knows may put this up in the box above too:)