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Gutti Vankaya Koora / Stuffed Brinjal Curry (Semi Dry)

Recipes Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

Prep Time:5mins  Cooking Time:10-15mins   Cuisine:Indian

Brinjals/Eggplants are rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6 , hence it lowers the risk of heart disease. Its a low-carb, nutrient-dense, calorie-poor food , so its a great food to help you lose weight. One cup of eggplant/brinjal contains only 8gm of carbohydrates (info from internet).

Stuffed Brinjal/Gutti Vankaya/Bharwa Baingan is the most famous/liked Indian recipe using small brinjal/eggplants. There are many different recipes for stuffed brinjal, while this is one of them that I learnt from my innovations.  I’m sharing this recipe after trying and testing couple of times. Its the quickest recipe which can be made within 10-15 mins, with a condition that you have fresh ingredients for stuffing.

Any veggie with an edible stuffing is the best way for me to make my two daughters bouncy. Don’t know why, but they are absolutely in love with stuffed veggies. So, why dont you try this ,Vegan and Glutenfree recipe of my own! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before starting to cook, donโ€™t forget to see the Tips which I mentioned at the end.

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  • Brinjal/Eggplant/Vankaya โ€“ 4 (small size)
  • Salt โ€“ 1 teaspoons
  • Green Chillies – 6
  • Coriander โ€“ 1 bunch / 4 to 5 twigs
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Cooking Oil โ€“ 3 tablespoon
  • Turmeric โ€“ ยผ teaspoon
  • Water – 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • Jeera / Cumin Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Desiccated / Fresh Coconut – 1 tablespoon

Special Ingredients:

  • Jeera / Cumin Powder
  • Desiccated Coconut / Dry Coconut


  • Firstly, gather all the ingredients onto the kitchen counter.  
  • Take the green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves into a grinder/blender and pulse them to a fine paste.
  • Transfer this paste into a small mixing bowl.
  • Add the Jeera / Cumin Powder , Desiccated / Fresh Coconut and salt into the same bowl.
  • Mix up everything thoroughly and set aside.
  • Take the brinjals/eggplants, wash them and wipe clean them.
  • Cut the edges on one side, and slit them into 4 parts only on the same side. See pic below.
    Brinjal/Eggplants being slit into 4 parts on one side
  • Using a small spoon fill in each brinjal/eggplant/vankaya with the stuffing which we kept aside. If the mix is leftover then keep it for later use.
  • Now take a frying pan that is suitable to fit all the stuffed brinjals/eggplants.
  • Pour the 3 tablespoons of oil in the pan, and heat it on stovetop under medium flame.
  • Gently drop in the stuffed brinjals/eggplants (which we kept aside) into the pan. See pic below.
    Frying pan with Brinjal/Eggplants/Vankayalu filled with the stuffing 
  • Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of water onto the brinjals/vankayalu and close the pan with lid.
  • Let the brinjals/vankayalu cook and soften.
  • After 5-6 mins open the lid and turn each brinjals/eggplants/vankayalu onto the other side and close the pan again with lid.
  • After 5 mins open the lid and check if the brinjal/eggplants/vankayalu are cooked/softened perfectly.
  • Then add the leftover stuffing mix onto the cooked brinjal/eggplants/vankayalu and gently turn them. See pic below.
    Stuffed Brinjal / Eggplant (Semi Dry) Curry / Gutti Vankaya in a serving bowl
  • Switch the flame off and garnish the curry with chopped coriander.
  • Transfer it to a serving bowl. Done!!


  • Bear in mind while slicing the brinjals/vankaya that only one side is slit.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • This doesn’t have a completely wet/ completely dry stuffing. It has a semi-wet stuffing so would make the brinjals soften quickly.
  • The stuffing can be made well before and stored in fridge for upto 3-4 days.


  • The taste of this curry is just ultimate, and the texture is ofcourse very soft witht he aroma of coriander/cumin dominating.
  • I bet you cant stop eating just one brinjal.
  • We had it along with hot steamed rice and ofcourse my 2 daughters just adored me for making this.
    Stuffed Brinjal / Eggplant (Semi Dry) Curry / Gutti Vankaya in a serving bowl

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