Vangi Bath Recipe – Brinjal Fried Rice Recipe

vangi bath recipe

Vangi Bath Recipe with homemade vangi bath powder

Vangi bath is popular in south india like tawa pulao in mumbai. This rice is quick and easy to make as easy as even bachelors can make it. It barely takes 10 to 15 mins if you have the white rice cooked already. Brinjals (egg plant) is cooked to soft and then seasoned with spice powder called as  vangi bath powder. There are many brands selling ready vangi bath powder, i have only tried using MTR which is well known for spice powders in the market. However my today’s recipe is along with the homemade vangi bath powder which can be prepared ahead and refrigerated for few months.

There are so many variations to making vangi bath.  This recipe comes  from our Hassan based chef, who used to cook for us during our stay in Bangalore. I have tasted other versions too and can conclude that this is the best recipe, making you feel that the taste of eggplant is unique and great.This recipe requires quite a lot of oil, than the other one pot rice recipes like veg pulav or Indian veg fried rice since we use the dry powder to season the brinjals. The original recipe from our chef calls for almost 1/4 cup of oil, which i cut down to suit my taste.

The powder tastes almost like the MTR powder. But MTR doesn’t use channa dal, which I use since I feel it gives an extra flavor. I usually make this when I have few brinjals left and they are not enough to make any side dish. I just make this for myself during the lunch time.

homemade vangi bath powder
4 red chilies
1 ½ tbsps. coriander seeds
½ tbsp. channa dal / senaga pappu
¼ tbsp. urad dal/ minapa pappu
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp methi seeds / menthulu
5 cloves
small cinnamon stick
Dry roast and powder


vangi bath recipe below

serves 2
1 cup of raw rice (cooked in whatever method you desire, do not make it mushy)
Oil as needed (add oil generously to get a good taste and it as well prevents a dry look)
1 onion thinly sliced
1 green chili slit (optional)
Green peas or cashews
Lemon juice as needed
Salt to taste
Vangi Bath powder (use the entire amount of powder prepared, you could use MTR vangi bath powder too)
1 tbsp Dry coconut (optional, adds flavor and taste)

Dry Spices for seasoning (you can replace this spice set with curry leaves, mustard, cumin, channa dal and urad dal)
1 bay leaf
3 cloves
Small cinnamon stick
2 green cardamoms
Generous pinch of cumin

step by steps on vangi bath

1.    Heat oil in a wide heavy bottom pan,
2.    Add all the dry spices and sauté for a min. if using cashews add them now, fry for 2 to 3 mins
3.    Add green chili & onions and fry till they turn translucent
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4.    Add brinjal, green peas .sprinkle salt. fry for 2 to 3 mins
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5.    cover and cook till the brinjals are done completely
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6.    Add the vangi bath powder. Mix well; fry till you get a nice aroma. off the heat
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7.    Add rice, lemon juice. Mix well. adjust salt
add lemon juice
Garnish with coriander leaves
Serve with papad and raita

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  1. says

    Beautifully flavored and thats quite an interesting powder, home made and added into the rice. We will simply drool over such a rice dish. After all without rice we can't function very well.

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