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Tamarind Eggplant Recipe from Rajasthan. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Tamarind Eggplant Recipe

This tamarind eggplant recipe from Rajasthan by Christine Manfield from her Indian Cooking Class cookbook makes one of the chef’s all-time favourite eggplant dishes. “I use it at any opportunity. I love its deeply satisfying sweet and sour notes,” Christine says. Serve it with other vegetable dishes on a shared table or as an accompaniment to grilled fish or barbecued meats.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 600 ml vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 4 300 g purple eggplants quartered lengthwise and cut into 3 cm pieces
  • 3 small red onions peeled and finely diced
  • 5 small green chillies minced
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh curry leaves
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 400 ml tamarind puree
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 4 to matoes seeded and diced
  • 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp fried shallot slices


  • Heat the oil in a wok or large pot to 180ºC.
  • Fry the eggplant, in batches, for 4–5 minutes or until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Set aside. Reserve the oil.
  • To make the tamarind sauce, heat ⅓ cup (80 ml) of the reserved oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, chilli and garlic and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute or until beginning to colour.
  • Add the curry leaves and cook for 1 minute or until wilted.
  • Add the sugar, tamarind, cumin and salt and simmer gently for a further 5 minutes.
  • Adjust seasoning, if necessary. There should be equal balance between the sweet, sour and salty flavours.
  • Add the fried eggplant, stir to coat thoroughly and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir through the diced tomato and coriander leaves.
  • Scatter with fried shallot slices to serve.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 1087IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg