Authentic Indian Curry: Brinjal/Eggplant Sambar

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Authentic Indian Brinjal (Eggplant) Sambar Curry
Authentic Indian Brinjal (Eggplant) Sambar Curry

Tickle Your Taste buds With This Authentic Indian Brinjal Sambar

Green brinjal is a favorite veggie in Indian kitchens. They make many dishes with it. The variety I use here is a very special one. It has a unique aroma and flavor when cooked. This brinjal originates from a place called 'Mattu' in Udupi, Lord Krishna's place. This eggplant is called 'Mattu Gulla' in Kannada.

Brinjal is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is a good source of vitamin B 6, vitamin K, thiamine, folate, potassium, and manganese. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. It is known to be high in sodium and sugar.

Once in a while, we use this vegetable mainly to satisfy our taste buds. Brinjal dishes are truly delicious. They make us eat faster!

The authentic Indian sambar I show here is the easiest one to make, but it still tastes super yummy. In this, I have not used any spice powders. Try this easy recipe.

If you don't get the same variety of brinjal, you can use other variety of eggplant/brinjal to make this sambar.

Here's the step-by-step recipe for you!

5 stars for Brinjal/Eggplant Sambar

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people


  • 2 cups brinjal/eggplant, green ones preferred, cubed
  • big lemon-size tamarind, soaked in water
  • 5-6 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp hing/asafoetida, 1/4 tsp for the gravy, 1/4 tsp for the tempering
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp sugar or jaggery powder, optional, to balance the taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp fresh green coriander, finely chopped

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Authentic Brinjal/Eggplant Sambar

  1. Use preferably green, round eggplants. Wash them. Chop into an inch cubes. Immerse them in water for 10 minutes.
  2. This will remove the black, sticky substance from them. Strain them before using.
  3. Take them in a vessel or sauce pan. Add about 6 cups of water. Put slit green chilies, hing powder, some salt, and turmeric powder. Let the mix come to a boil.
  4. Add tamarind pulp and sugar/jaggery powder. Cover the vessel and cook on a medium-low heat until the brinjal cubes become soft.
  5. Turn the mix occasionally.
  6. The gravy starts becoming thicker, once brinjal cubes cook completely. Add remaining salt. They absorb the spices, and become tasty.
  7. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly. Cook till brinjal becomes a bit mushy. Add chopped fresh coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  8. Keep the vessel covered, so that the aroma of the fresh green coriander blend with the sambar.
  9. Tempering this sambar with hing powder enhances it's taste.
  10. Heat some ghee or coconut oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Add curry leaves and hing powder. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  11. Pour it on the sambar. Mix well. Yummy, aromatic brinjal sambar curry is ready!
  12. Serve it with hot rice, idli, dosa, or flatbread. This side dish is both hot and sour. Enjoy!

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Matti Gulla/Patented Brinjal
Matti Gulla/Patented Brinjal
Brinjal/eggplant sambar boiling in a vessel
Brinjal/eggplant sambar boiling in a vessel
Authentic Brinjal/Eggplant Sambar
Authentic Brinjal/Eggplant Sambar
Authentic Brinjal Sambar
Authentic Brinjal Sambar

Nutritional Information of Brinjal Sambar

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 170
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 170 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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  • ShailaSheshadri profile image

    ShailaSheshadri 3 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks Dora. This sambar/curry has a perfect combination of spiciness(green chilies) and sourness(tamarind). Asafetida/hing is also a must ingredient. Once you make this sambar, you will come to know its taste. It's worth trying.

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    Dora Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

    The tamarind in the ingredients has me wondering, but I like curry so it's worth a try. Thanks for the recipe.