Cook's Hideout: Potato-Eggplant curry

July 20, 2010

Potato-Eggplant curry

The potatoes from the garden ended up in my all-time favorite curry: Vankaya-Bangaladumpa kura. I would have used the tiny Indian eggplants if I had them on hand, but since I didn’t I used the American globe variety. Only problem with these gigantic eggplants is the thick skin (and the lack of taste), so I peeled the skin off and I think it makes the eggplant more palatable.

This dish does not have many ingredients and is quick & easy to put together. The garden fresh potatoes had light papery skin and cooked up in no time.
Potatoes – 4 medium or 10-12 small, cubed
Eggplant – 1 large (peeled) or 10-12 baby (unpeeled), cubed
Onion – 1 medium, chopped
Green chilies – 3, chopped
Curry powder – 1tsp
Salt – to taste

For tempering:
Chana dal – ½ tsp
Urad dal – ½ tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 6

  • Heat 2tsp oil in a large sauté pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start sputtering add onions and sauté till softened and turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Next add the eggplant and potatoes; cover and cook on medium heat till both the veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add curry powder and salt. You can add ½ cup water of you think the curry is too dry. Cook for couple minutes. Serve with steamed rice and dal.


  1. hi Pavani
    first time visit ur beautiful space ,u have a lovely collection of recipes...happy to find u.
    this garden fresh potato curyy looks wonderful ...nice combo of potato n brinjal ...i love this curry with rotis n rice too
    if u get time do visit my blog


  2. Delicious combination for curry, looks prefect!

  3. wow! fresh potatoes. They always taste better and what a combo! very simple and delicious curry.

  4. I love potato and egg plant combo. The fast food Indian place had a great side dish using this combo.Have tried to make it many times but I could not recreate it.Will try out your recipe.

  5. Hi,

    First time on your site...Love the dish. I remember I used to watch Yan Can Cook too...I wd never miss any cookery shows even n good old DD!!!


  6. your freshly dug potatoes look awesome!


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