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Vangi Bhath | Brinjal Rice Recipe | Lunch box recipe

If there is one vegetable that I really love it would be Brinjal, the irony is I don't have much recipes featuring this vegetable in my blog. Hopefully before completing another year I post few of my favorite dishes using brinjal. When I was home a month back Amma prepared Vangi Bath something which is very famous in Karnataka and Andhra, for me it was the very first time that I ever tried it. Now you know what would have happened I totally fell in love with it, simply because it had Amma's magic touch ;-) and also that it had brinjals.


Serves ~ 3-4 generously
Cook & Prep time ~ 30 mins
Recipe Source ~ Amma
Serving suggestion ~ with curd, appalam


Cooked rice - 2 cups
Brinjal (violet variety) - 3 medium
Potato - 1 large
Onions - 2 medium sliced
Garlic - 2 pods crushed
Ginger - 1 and 1/2 inch chopped
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To powder 
(dry roast all ingredients one by one, once cooled down grind to a powder)

Coriander whole - 1 tbsp
Red chili - 4 large
Chana dal - 1 tbsp
Whole Jeera - 1 tsp
Peppercorns - 10
Cloves - 2
Coconut shavings - 2 tbsp
White sesame seeds - 1 tbsp
Groundnuts - 1 tbsp

To Season 

Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Hing - a generous pinch
Curry leaves - 1 spring


  • Cut the brinjals into this stripes and put them in water mixed with some turmeric powder and salt. (This will keep the brinjals from turning black). Cut the potato into thin stripes. In a pan heat 1 tsp of oil and saute them well till they are crushed.
  • Heat oil in a broad pan. Add the mustard and jeera. When they splutter add the hing and curry leaves. Add the onions and saute well till they turn transparent. Add the ginger and garlic and brinjals. Saute for 2 or 3 minutes till the brinjals are nearly done. Add the potato pieces, fry for 1 or 2 minutes or until it is well cooked.
  • Add the turmeric powder, ground masala powder, salt and saute well. Add the cooked rice, mix gently. Add the lemon juice, mix well and check for salt and spice. Let it cook on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.  add the sesame and groundnut powder and coriander leaves. mix well and remove from fire.                                                                  

Cooks Wisdom 

- You can add cashewnuts for more additional flavor
- Adding roasted groundnut powder enhances the taste 
- Make sure that the rice grains are separate and not too mushy


  1. Lovely.. My mom makes this though without adding potatoes.. i used to take this to school for lunch.. like ur spices for masala.. :)

  2. delicious dish da...i hv never tried this....

  3. Bengan rice looks yummy. It is new to me but very inviting.

  4. So tempting bowl of!

  5. Tempting rice . Nice presantation

  6. Have bookmarked your recipe priya...Looks yummy

  7. really a delicious treat akka

  8. excellent recipe Priya. I love Brinjals too and always looking for diff methods to cook it.

    The powder which you have mentioned here, is there any particular name for that ? And do you use in any other dish as well ?

    I am actually looking to make my own Powders and a list of recipes where they can be used, especially for South Indian recipes. I keep forgetting so it will be like my personal index. In North, we don’t have that many powders, we mix everything together I guess :P

  9. like those cute brinjals priya.. amma always makes the best :)

  10. Nupur - there is no name for the spice powder (to grind) in this recipe, since its just based on taste my mum has tried to mix and match ingredients. Not to sure for what other recipe you will be able to add the same powder. Hope I answered your question dear, let me know if you have any other doubts :-)


    1. No Prob sweety, I will try using the same mix in diff recipes too.. Thanks :)

  11. Gorgeous recipe priya. Sorry I've been a bit out of touch. Your blog has shaped up even more. Love the minute details of it. And happy blog anniversary dear.

  12. Very tempting rice..I haven't tried adding potatoes to vangi bath.. Will give it a try.. Love your presentation..

  13. Looks too good, next time am adding some potatoes when I do vangi bhath..

  14. I am fan of vangi bath since my childhood days, like the unique spice mix you used here. Vangi baath looks yumm...

  15. Vangi bhath is one of my weakness, super tempting one pot meal, Sis..Love the addition of potatoes here.

  16. I love brinjal, but these variety rices are not my favorite..yours look yum!

  17. Brinjal with rice looks so delicious and colorful.

  18. Very tempting clicks.. A delicious one pot meal it is :)

  19. great looking recipe and brilliant clicks ! i love your new header too !

  20. OMG...such a drooling platter...loved that wonderful rice and bookmarking too :)

  21. brinjal rice nthis version potatoes n fresh spice powder sounds so good n flavorful..luv ur clicks priya! Will try this for sure..

  22. wow vangi bhath looks super delicious :) love the way you have presented with those lil brinjals on top !! very very flavorful rice makes me drool here !! :)

  23. i will try it thank u priya


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