Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli

Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli

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Hope you wonderful people had an amazing weekend! Finally I managed to have a little break. All my guests have left. I love having people around me but I am so looking forward to some of my own space. My kids will also be back at school soon so I’m looking forward to getting back into our routine.

I am also looking forward to spending more time creating recipes and working hard on my blog. I focus better when I am home alone. Hopefully by year end I would have posted all of the recipes I grew up eating, like I was meant to do. One day my kids can look back and try all our old-fashioned recipes and hopefully be grateful for them.

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli for a while now. I know brinjals are not everyone’s favourite thing to eat. My kids cringe at the thought of it. But my hubby and I simply love it, especially if it is cooked this way. Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli is absolutely delicious. My mum always cooked it this way, and yes when I was a young girl I also cringed every time she cooked it.

Before you look at the images and say, “that looks terrible”. Please bare in mind, brinjals are not the prettiest things to photograph. Especially after it’s been cooked. I have tried perfecting my photos for months and I can’t seem to get them looking any prettier than this. But I promise you this dish is so delicious. It is also a very simple and quick dish to prepare.

This recipe has converted Brinjal haters to Brinjal lovers, trust me when I tell you this. My dear hubby is one of the fussiest eaters and I don’t think he wanted to even look at brinjals. Now he loves it and this is the only way he eats it. When I cook this Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli we always have it with Fried Potatoes and Roti. It is heavenly.

I find that the thin, long brinjals work well for this recipe. Personally I cannot eat those large brinjals cooked this way. It just doesn’t taste the same. My mum-in-law brought me some brinjals from Durban and they were delicious.

My mum also taught me that brinjals should be soaked in salt before cooking. This takes away some of the bitterness and also prevents the brinjals from absorbing oil. If you hated Brinjals before why not try this Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli Recipe and let me know what you think.


Brinjal with Garlic and Chilli

Quick and simple recipe. Delicious Brinjals braised with Garlic and Chilli
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword brinjal, brinjal with garlic and chilli, indian dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 700 gram baby brinjals each one cut into 4 pieces lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tspn turmeric
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs curry leaf
  • 6 green chillies slit in half
  • 2 small roma tomatoes skin removed and blended
  • salt


  • Wash the brinjals. Cut them in fours and soak them in some salted water
  • Heat the oil and fry the onion until translucent
  • Add the garlic, curry leaf and chillies and fry for a further minute
  • Mix in the turmeric
  • Add brinjals, season with salt. Lower the heat and allow the brinjals to cook. When slightly tender add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes dissolve and brinjals are fully cooked
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Revi

    5 stars
    This is now my go to recipe for brinjal. Loved it.Quick and easy

    1. Lorraine

      Thank you Revi! Glad you found your recipe:-)

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