Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry Recipe

Give this Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry a try for lunch or dinner. It is a delicious curry from Sri Lanka packed with tanginess and gentle spices and makes a great side dish along with parotta, phulka or even ghee rice.

Archana Doshi
Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry Recipe
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Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry Recipe is a classic dish that is made in most of the households in Sri Lanka. This Eggplant Curry is just what you need for a cold, snowy day – it warms you up with all the spices and the richness. It is super easy is to make, yet has all the flavors and warmth of a traditional Sri Lankan dish.

Serve Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry along with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha and Burani Raita for your everyday meal.

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Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Deep-Fry Pan
Prep in

25 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

55 M

Makes:

6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 Small Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , cut into 1 inch wedges
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies , droken
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves , torn
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Powder
  • 1 cup Tamarind Water
  • 2 teaspoons Red Chilli powder , or as required
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery
  • 1 cup Coconut milk , ()
  • 1 cup Water
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry Recipe

  1. To begin making the Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry Recipe, prep all the ingredients and keep them ready.

  2. Wash and cut the eggplant into thin long slices about 2 inches long. It should be same size as that of potatoes for French fries. Soak them in salted water to prevent discolouration. 

  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add the mustard seeds and red chillies and allow then to crackle. Add the curry leaves, onions, ginger and garlic and saute until the onions turn soft.

  4. Once the onions soften, add the tomatoes and give it a stir for about 2 couple of minutes, we don't have to make it mushy.

  5. Add the eggplant (drain out from water), turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, jaggery and salt. Give it a stir.

  6. Add the tamarind water and give it a stir. Cover the pan and simmer until the eggplant is cooked through completely. This will take 5 to 8 minutes.

  7. Once the eggplant is cooked, add the coconut milk and give the Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry a stir. Simmer for another 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

  8. Check the salt and adjust to taste accordingly.  Transfer the Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry to a serving bowl and serve hot.

  9. Serve Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry along with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha and Burani Raita for your everyday meal.