Delicious eggplant tarkari

May 28, 2012

This recipe uses simple ingredients found in most Nepali kitchen. So more than likely; you don’t even have to make a special trip to grocery store to try this recipe. Takes about 30 minutes to make it.

What you need

2 medium eggplants
2 medium tomatoes
1 inch ginger (peeled)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ghiu
1/2 medium onion
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 ½ teaspoon cumin powder
3 garlic cloves (peeled)
3 green chillies
8 tablespoon oil
Few cilantro strands
Salt to taste



1. Heat oven to 500° F

2. Cut eggplants in half, and drizzle them with oil on both sides. Bake them in oven for about 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, chop up onions and tomatoes.

4. Grate garlic and ginger. Also chop cilantro and green chilis.

5. Heat about 6 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds. Wait till they splutter and turn golden brown, then add turmeric powder.

6. Add onions, garlic and ginger and fry them in medium heat until they are soft and light brown. You don’t want to brown them too much.

7. Add tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin powder and half of cut cilantro to the mix, and cook for about 2 minutes until tomatoes become soft.

8. Add 1 1/4 cup of warm water, add salt according to your taste and simmer in low heat for about 5 minutes so that the gravy thickens up a little. Meanwhile, check if eggplants are done.

9. Eggplants should look something like this if they are done.

10. Cut the eggplants vertically into long slender pieces. Make 4 pieces from each half.

11. Add the eggplants to the gravy.

12. Here is what gives the kick to this recipe — Ghiu! Add ghiu to the dish

13. Simmer the dish on high heat for about 8 minutes.

14. Add remaining cilantro and green chili. Enjoy the dish.

5 Responses to Delicious eggplant tarkari

  1. Anonymous on May 12, 2017 at 3:02 AM

    Ghui or ghee its like butter.
    Cilantro same as coriander..

  2. Anonymous on January 2, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Ghiu is clarified butter

  3. mai on April 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    what is ghiu

  4. durga on June 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    what this cilantro means?i didn’t understand….which plant?And…….eggplant… it brinjal nah?

    sounds much delicious……..thnx for sharing

  5. 123 on May 22, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    looks delicious!!!

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