Vankaya Vepudu – Eggplant Stir fry (2)

The key to this stir fry recipe is a roasted and powdered magic spice blend that sets everything off, taking the quartered eggplants to their full glory. Don’t miss out on the asafoetida, just a pinch gives a whole new perspective to this easy stir fry that goes well with rotis and rice. Not to mention, it makes a satisfying sandwich filling as well.

Vankai Vepudu

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  eggplants


  •   1/4 kg purple brinjals, cut into quarters
  •   big pinch turmeric pwd
  •   1 tbsp oil
  •   salt to taste
  • For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

  •   1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  •   1-2 dry red chillis, tear and de-seed
  •   pinch of asafoetida/hing/inguva
  •   10-12 curry leaves
  • Roast and make a fine powder:

  •   1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  •   1 tsp coriander seeds
  •   1 1/2 tsps chana dal
  •   1-2 dry red chillies
  •   8 fenugreek seeds/methi
  •   1 tsp sesame seeds
  •   1 tsp oil

Method for making Vankai Vepudu

Heat a tsp of oil in a pan. Add the methi seeds and stir fry for half a mt. Add chana dal, cumin, coriander and red chillis and stir fry on low to medium heat for 3 mts or till the dals turn red. Remove and cool. In the same pan, add sesame seeds and roast for a mt. Cool and grind all the roasted ingredients to a fine pwd.
Heat a tbsp of oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Add curry leaves, dry red chillis and asafoetida toss about for 8-10 seconds.
Add the quartered brinjals and stir fry them till they are three-fourth cooked. Constantly stir fry to ensure they don't burn or stick to the pan. Add salt and turmeric pwd.
Add the ground powder to the sauteed brinjals and saute for 10 mts or till the brinjals have cooked completely and turned soft.
Adjust salt and serve with hot rice.


  • Asha

    Look at the plant with so many Eggplants! Lucky you! Dish looks wonderful!:))

  • Mangala

    very nice Sailu…tried this evening…..for 2moro’s lunch box thnq Sailu…

  • Gauri

    that’s such an inviting looking bunch!! this looks nice and simple.. I also loved the recipe of brinjals with black-eyed beans u provided…

  • Sathya Sai Ram

    I like the way you present your food.
    Your photography makes the food look


  • Pooja

    wow, that really looks yummy Sailu.
    I love this dish specially cos it is quick to make ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • kalva

    my mom makes the same spice without sesame seeds… She makes the same way too… love the pics.. Are those from ur own garden?

    They are from our backgarden garden at our ancestral home at our village.

  • sunshinemom

    I like these best with rasam chaadam and thayir chaadam! Yummy:)

  • Paulette

    This looks wonderful, but please clarify: Are curry leaves the same thing as neem leaves? And if not, can you please give me the name of the curry leaf in one or more Indian dialects so that I may ask for it at my local store?

    Curry leaves are different from neem leaves. Curry leaf is known is Kadi patta in Hindi and Karivepaaku in Telugu.

  • Latha

    looks delicious sailu. my podi is similar except i also add some minap pappu to it. u’re pictures are amazing! love the tender eggplant plant!

  • Cham

    Cluster of brinjals, the dry curry looks delicious …..Should be great if eaten with rice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shibani

    I am too bad at cooking eggplant and but I want to try ur recipe as it sounds too good and spicy.

  • nags

    the dish looks yummy! bookmarked ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sunshinemom

    Sailu – What I have in my blog is the way I would like to appreciate this site and the various interests I see on it! Do come over and take a look at what I have:)

  • R.Punitha

    Hai Sailu, How are you ? i’m Punitha. Your presentation is very nice to see, and your recipe is very very delicious to eat….. Thank you a lot…

  • Shreya

    I love vankaya vepudu! And you picture is so beautiful. I feel like making it right now:-)

  • Lakshmi

    WOW ! Hey i guess u should show us your kitchen once ya. I am so eager to get my hands on such good looking brinjals. I just love brinjals….And all your receipes. I envy Nehal and his dad ๐Ÿ™‚

  • alka

    Hi Sailaja,
    Till now i knew only four ways to make eggplants but now i m sure of this fifth style of making purple wonders which will be a regular one in my kitchen.
    Thanks for sharing and this drooling pic is forcing me to try this rt NOWWWWWW!

  • Maninas

    mmmm even if i weren’t totally addicted to aubergines, i definitely would have become so now!

  • Amrutha

    Hi Sailu, Yummy recipe. Couldn’t help passing an award to you. It is waiting for you in my blog!

  • Kalai

    Beautiful eggplant dish, Sailu! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Srilakshmi

    Hi Sailu,

    Wonderful dish. I like it.Thanks.


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  • saipriya

    it is really very tasty. the powder we used in the fry is also being used with idly & dosa. my daughter liked it very much.

    Kindly send me very easy tasty recipes to prepare for lunch for my daughter.


  • Sujatha

    Hi Sailu, I tried this recipe today and came out awesome! We all liked it, and have sent it for “Your Recipe Rocks” event. Please do checkout my post at :

    Thanks for this great recipe!

  • mamtha

    Hi Sailu,I always look upon your site for authentic Andhra cuisine..this time I tried out the Vankaya Vepudu of yours!! and it was awesome!!!:) it has become an instant favorite at my place..thks a ton

  • Rama

    did u seriously mean 8 methi seeds? sounds odd

    • Sailu

      Yes, it sounds odd but with methi seeds one shouldn’t take chances especially keeping in mind beginner cooks. Experienced cooks like yourself can treat that as a ‘pinch’ of methi seeds. ๐Ÿ™‚