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Eggplant Dry Curry / Vankaya Podi Koora (Air Fryer, Stove top)

VegCookBook by Praveena
Low Cals, Easy,Side Dish, South Indian Andhra Style with Eggplant / Brinjal / Aubergine & homemade simple spice powder / podi.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Frying pan (for stove-top method)
  • Air-Fryer for air-fryer method



  • 2 cups Vankaya/Eggplant/Baingan pieces (cubed)
  • 1 cup Onion Pieces (cubed)
  • Salt (or as per taste)
  • teaspoon Red Chilli Powder / Cayenne Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder/Coconut Spice Powder
  • 1 handful Fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 6 cloves Garlic (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil (for Stove Top method)
  • 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil (for Air Fryer method)

Ingredients For Tempering (Stove Top)

  • 1 tablespoon Urad Dal / Minappappu (heaped)
  • ½ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Avalu / Mustard Seeds


Stove Top Method:

  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add oil & heatAdd the turmeric powder & all ‘ingredients for tempering’. Saute them.
  • Transfer all the onion pieces, stir and let them become translucent.
  • Now, add all the eggplant / vankaya pieces into the pan.
  • Add salt. Sprinkle some water, close the lid for 5 mins. 
    After 5 minsgently stir. Sprinkle some water again. Don’t replace the lid.
  • When the pieces soften (to your desired level), add the red chilli powder, coconut spice powder / podi / curry powder and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Mix everything thoroughly. When the water is evaporated completely & the curry is dry enough, switch off the stove (after 2 more mins).
  • Transfer the curry into a serving bowl. Done!

Air Fryer Method (time:12 mins)

  • Spray the oil / brush oil throughout the air-fryer’s mesh. Transfer veg pieces on the air-fryer mesh. Add salt & turmeric powder. Give a mix.
  • Add the salt and turmeric powderGive a mix, cook for 10 mins, at 200ºC / 390 ºF.
  • Pause, add the red chilli powder, coconut spice powder / curry powder.
    Give a thorough mixGive oil spray throughout the entire veg.
  • Cook for more 2 to 3 mins, at 200ºC / 390 ºF .
    Stop & garnish with chopped fresh coriander. Done!


Please see the MAIN POST for step wise pics & tips!!
Keyword air fried eggplant curry, tasty side dish with eggplant