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Khatte Meethe Baingan
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Khatte Meethe Baingan Swwt and Sour Brinjals

Khatte Meethe Baingan- Bengali style Sweet and sour brinjal curry in tangy tamarind sauce
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: lunch recipe, Side Dish, Travel Food
Cuisine: Bengali Cuisine, North Indian Cuisine
Keyword: baingan ki sabzi, brinjal curry, khatte meethe baingan, sweet and sour brinjal
Servings: 8 people
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • Pan, knife,


  • 15 Baby Brinjal / Baby Eggplant / Chhote Baingan
  • gooseberry size Tamarind / Imli
  • 2.5 tbsp Sugar or jaggery
  • to taste Salt / Namak
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 2 tsp Red Chili Powder/ Laal Mirch
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder / Dhaniya Powder

Tempering/ Tadka

  • 4 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • Pinch Asafoetida / Hing powder
  • 1 tsp Panch phoran *
  • 1 Tejpatta/ Bayleaf
  • 4 dried red chili


  • Wash and wipe the brinjals and make 4 slit in each with the stem intact at the back.
  • Soak the tamarind in a cup of water and when it become soft then mash it well and squeeze out the juice and discard the seeds and the residue.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry all the brinjals in batches till 3/4 done
  • OR brush with some oil and bake in an hot oven till almost done from both the sides.
  • Now heat 4 tbsp oil in a deep and broad pan.
  • Add Panchphoran (equal quantity of mustard seeds, fenugreek seed, fennel seed/ saunf, nigella seed/ kalonji and cumin seeds)
  • When seeds start to crackle then add bayleaf and the dried red chilies.
  • Saute till fragrant and then add the tamarind pulp and 2 glasses of water .
  • Now add salt, chili powder, coriander powder and cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes on medium heat
  • Now add the grated jaggery and cook further for 2 minutes.
  • You can adjust the quantity of water if you want more or less gravy in your brinjal curry
  • Add the fried brinjals and cover and cook on medium heat till fully done and soft.
  • Don't overcook the brinjals else they get mashed up while stirring.
  • Now the sweet and sour brinjal curry is ready to serve.
  • Serve with rice, khichdi or parthas !