Vankaya Vepudu ~ Brinjal Stir fry (3)

Vankaya Vepudu – Eggplant Stir fry

A family favorite especially during festive meals. Eggplants aka Vankaya hold a special place in a typical Andhra meals especially on festive days or wedding feasts. For Ugadi our lunch spread would have been incomplete without this subtle sweet-flavored stir fry. Simple to prepare, the key to this recipe is a blend of ginger-garlic-fresh coconut which imparts a nice aroma and flavor.

Vankaaya Vepudu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: Andhra



1/4 kg purple brinjals, cut into quarters

1 large onion chopped

big pinch turmeric pwd

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp cumin pwd

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1 1/2 tbsps oil

salt to taste

For seasoning/poppu/tadka:

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Make a paste:

6-7 garlic cloves

small ginger piece

1 1/4 tbsps grated fresh coconut

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Add the curry leaves and onions and saute for 3 mts.
2 Add the quartered brinjals and stir fry them for 5-6 mts without lid. Stir fry in between to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Add the ground ginger-garlic-coconut paste and combine well. Add salt and turmeric pwd. Saute without lid for 4-5 mts till the rawness of the paste disappears. Add coriander pwd, cumin pwd and red chilli pwd and combine.
4 Place lid and reduce flame and cook till the brinjals have cooked completely and turned soft. Turn off heat. The stir fry will appear almost like a gooey mass (mudda kura).
5 Adjust salt and serve with hot rice.

Vankaya Vepudu ~ Brinjal Stir fry (3)

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  brinjal


  • Cilantro

    When I first saw your Ugadi spread, I was just drooling and was waiting for the recipes and I see one by one coming. Love the vepudu.

  • Pavani

    Vankaya kura looks awesome Sailu.

  • josh

    Wow…here comes my favorite. Allam-velluli paste is common..but I do not remember if my mom also makes with a dash of coconut.That’s something new. Did you add Menthi podi or koora podi to it too?
    a must try.. nice pics.

    Coconut makes a difference to this recipe, Josh. No menthi or koora podi.

  • Uma

    I love, love vankaya stir fry! Looks absolutely divine and mouth-watering Sailu! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Siri

    Thats one yummy looking eggplant curry Sailu ๐Ÿ™‚ Will try it sometime soon!


  • kalva

    love eggplant curry

  • subhadra

    Hi Sailaja,
    I have been a regular visitor to your website, though this is my first post here.Love the way you present the food. Congrats for the same. Just wanted to inform you that this picture of Panakam in Sakshi Paper I think is from your Summer coolers. Please check this once.

    Thanks for taking the time to inform me, Subhadra. They haven’t taken my permission before using images from my blog.

  • Prasanna

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  • Hyma

    Thanks for sharing shailu gaaru

  • Remya

    Hi Sailu,

    Thanks for the recipe… Looks yummy… I tried the other Stuffed Brinjal stir fry posted on your site and it became an instant hit in my family…All my family members jus love that recipe…..

    I will surely try this variation too… Thanks once again for all your recipes….


  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu,
    It’s completely a new dish to me.
    It’ll suit with chappathis also.
    Thanks a lot Sailu.
    Doing a noble job, Bye. Take care…

  • Sudha

    Hello sailu garu

    Vankaya fry is simply superb…:)

    Sailu garu yesterday i was browsing the net when i found dat all your recipes r copied including pics…i dont know whether dat site is ur guest blogger…

    i want to inform u …

    here is da link:


    Thanks for informing me, Sudha garu.

  • lissie

    loved your vankaya vepudu! great combination with rice…!

  • Divya Vikram

    Perfect side with dhall and rice.

  • Latha

    Hi Sailugaru,

    I love your recipies, please give me recipe for Mango avakaya pickle with details of kind of mangoes to be used.

    thanks a lot

  • Ramya

    Hi Sailu,

    Thanks for the wonderful and simple recipe.
    It was very tasty. V thoroughly njoyed it.

  • Rajiv

    Hello Sailu gaaru..

    mee vankaya koora recipe aduurss!!!!

    good job..your site is of great help for this bachelor

  • sri

    When do we add the onion, or its not needed. i see it in the ingredients but not in the preparation.

  • sandhya

    Tastes yummy sailu !

  • Ru

    ah.. i tried this recipe yesterday, i was cooking brinjal for the first time and the curry came out tasting really bitter ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ …my mom told me you are supposed to soak cut brinjals in salt water for a bit….

  • sai

    loved it

  • Pramod Yadav