Cook's Hideout: Vankaya-Chikkudukaya Kura (Eggplant-Indian Broad bean curry)

September 28, 2006

Vankaya-Chikkudukaya Kura (Eggplant-Indian Broad bean curry)

This is one of my many favorite eggplant dishes. Before the beginning of summer (usually in January and February), eggplants taste the best in India. In summer, they tend to get bitter and seedier (not sure if that’s the right word, but you get the point). My mom makes at least a dozen different dishes with brinjals (eggplants are called brinjals in India). This dish needs young, good tasting brinjals since the dish is seasoned with just ginger and green chilies with no other masalas. Small Indian eggplants (brinjals) taste the best for this dish.

Brinjals (small eggplants-green or purple) – 10, chopped
Indian broad beans – 2 cups, chopped
Green chilies – 6, chopped
Ginger – 1” piece, chopped fine
Red chilies – 2
Curry leaves - 4
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste

  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan on medium-low flame, add cumin and mustard seeds, red chilies and curry leaves. Fry till the seeds splutter.
  • Add green chilies and ginger, fry for 1 minute.
  • Add chopped brinjal and broad beans, mix well, cook covered until the veggies are tender for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Season with salt, cook for another 2 minutes. Serve with rice.


  1. Pavani,
    Never made eggplants this way, thanks for the recipe.

  2. Pavani, looks so delicious on that plate, making me hungry!! YUM..YUM..

  3. Pavani,

    Thanks for the recipe..I have never made Vankaya this way, and I keep wondering all the way if there is a different way to cook Vankaya...This recipe sounds delicious...


  4. never tried this combo Pavani, will try it sure.

  5. pavani , My mom used to preparea a similar eggplant dish nut she used to add onions and coconuts.. will surely taste yummy...

  6. Thank you Hema and Asha.

    Hi Chandrika, Lakshmi and Prema,
    Try it and let me know if you like it.

  7. you can add methi (menthi koora)
    which makes more delicious

  8. Hi!!
    Looks easy n tasty.
    I never made brinjals this way,...another variety of vankaya dish :) thx for sharing!


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