A bowl of Indian eggplant curry jazzed up with peanut sesame powder

Vankaya Masala Koora

A spicy eggplant curry jazzed up with peanut sesame powder
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Sauteed Indian Style Thai Eggplant, Vankaya Masala Curry, Vankaya Masala Koora, Vegan Thai Eggplant Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3


  • ¼ Kg Thai Eggplants
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • 4 Curry Leaves
  • 3 Green Chilies, chopped
  • cup chopped Onions
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • ½ tsp Salt, adjust to taste
  • ¾ tsp Chili Powder, adjust to taste
  • ¾ tsp Coriander Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric

Masala Mix

  • 1 tbsp Roasted Peanuts, powder
  • ½ tbsp Roasted Sesame Seeds, powder


  1. Wash eggplants, cut the stalk. Cut eggplant lengthwise into 4-6 pieces depending on the size and put them in a bowl of salted water until ready to use.   This avoids discoloration of eggplants.

  2. Heat oil in a frying pan and add cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chilies.
  3. When chilies change color, add onions and saute until translucent.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell of ginger is gone.
  5. Season with salt, chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric. Mix well.

  6. Remove Eggplant pieces from water and add to pan. Stir until spices coat eggplant.
  7. Reduce the flame to medium high, cover and cook for 1 or 2 minutes until eggplant changes color and is slightly soft. Do not cover for too long and do not over cook.

  8. Remove cover and stir fry until eggplant is cooked but firm.

  9. Sprinkle peanut powder and sesame seeds powder, mix well and cook for few minutes until the curry is done.

  10. Sprinkle coriander leaves and transfer to a serving bowl.

  11. Serve with rice or Indian flatbread.

Recipe Notes