Baigan ka Kalaunji

Bharwa Baigan is called Baigan ka Kalunji in Bihar, just as   Karele ka Kalaunji, Parwal ka Kalunji etc. The kalunjis make make  good side dishes.


The quantities given below are for 250 gms of baigans.


Small baigans                 250 gms
Dhania powder               1 tea spoon
Red Chili powder           1/4 tea spoon
Haldi powder                  1/4 tea spoon
Amchur                             1/2 tea spoon
Garam masala                1/2 tea spoon
Panchphoren                  1/4 tea spoon
Cooking oil


  • Select tender preferably small size baigans.  
  • Slit the baigan into four leaving the top joined together and keep aside.
  • Heat about 1/2/to 1 table spoon oil – preferably mustard oil.
  • Add all the  masalas except amchur and  panchphoren.
  • Fry lightly and add two to three tea spoons of water so that the masala becomes like a paste.
  • Add salt and amchur and fry some more till the masala becomes brown.
  • Remove from fire and allow it to cool.
  • Fill the masala between the slits of the baigan.
  • Heat  1 table spoon of oil in a Karahi or flat thick bottom pan.
  •  Add panchphiren and fry.
  • When the panchohoren begins to crackle lower the baigans carefully into it one by one and cover with a lid.
  • Cook on slow fire.
  • Keep turning the baigans from time to time so that they do not burn.
  • Remove from fire when the baigans  are cooked and become soft.

The Baigan ka Kalaunji is ready to be served.


Garnish and serve hot. It goes best with rice dishes and puris and parathas.


2 responses to “Baigan ka Kalaunji

  1. you have a lovely blog with real good Bihari recipes, have not seen these on any other site so far, thanks for sharing
    Happy Blogging ! 🙂

  2. Your blog is a boon to Biharis settled outside India. Now I don’t have to always rush to my mum to get the recipe! Thanks and keep blogging!

    I also had a request – if you could include the quantities of the ingredients, that’d be great! Since it’s difficult to source Bihari ingredients in Canada, it’d be nice to have an estimate so I can stock up for later too.

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