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Baingan Chole (Eggplant-Chickpeas)

Baingan Chole and Chapatis
Baingan Chole with Chapatis

Hummus and baba ghanoush got together and baingan chole is born. In plain language, chickpeas and eggplant are cooked together with super fabulous results for a Punjabi style chole. Recipe is simple and almost same as chole preparation.

Soak, Cook and Puree:
– Soak 2 cups of chickpeas in water, overnight.
– At morning, pressure-cook chickpeas in enough water until the chickpeas are tender, but not mushy.
– Drain Water. Separate half cup of chickpeas and puree them into smooth paste. Keep the remaining aside.

Jumbo (Italian) Eggplant

Cut, Chop and Prepare Masala:
– Wash and cut big eggplant into bite sized cubes.
– Chop 1 onion and 2 tomatoes into small pieces.
– Make a smooth paste of 2 garlic, few springs of fresh cilantro and small piece of ginger.(GGC Paste)
– Prepare one tablespoon of cloves-cinnamon-cumin-coriander seed powder. (CCCC Powder)

Saute, Stir-in and Cook:
– Heat one teaspoon of peanut oil in a big pan. Do the popu or tadka.
– Add and saute onion, tomatoes, GGC paste, CCCC powder and eggplant cubes, in that order.
– Add the pureed chickpea paste and pressure-cooked chickpeas.
– Stir in 2 cups of water, one teaspoon of each – salt, red chilli powder, amchur powder and turmeric.
– Close the lid and cook on medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring in-between.
– Serve warm with chapatis or with rice.

Lunch Scene at Singari's Home - Cartoon
Lunch Scene at Singari’s Home

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Chickpeas,Eggplant (Tuesday May 9, 2006 at 2:45 pm- permalink)
Comments (37)

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  1. Cute drawing! The baingan-chole combo is indeed very delicious.

    Indira replies:
    I mentioned this before, the inspritation for this recipe is your deconstructed gutti vankaya, Mika. Few weeks ago I tried it like chole style, loved the chickpea-eggplant combination. My new favorite. 🙂

    Comment by mika — May 9, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  2. Looks very yummy Indira. Btw: I love that drawing, who did it… is it you Indira? looks good:)

    Comment by Karthi Kannan — May 9, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

  3. Thanks Karthi. I did the drawing, trying my hand at cartoon drawing. 🙂

    Comment by Indira — May 9, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  4. Oh, Indira — you’re an artist with the pen and paper too – what a great whimsical drawing! Does kitty like chole too? 😉

    Comment by Linda — May 9, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

  5. Just trying something different, Linda, Thanks!
    Kittaya is meowing for kitty treats (whiskas temptations). 🙂

    Comment by Indira — May 9, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

  6. Hi Indira…I tried that combo a couple of weeks back from a mediterranean cookbook I bought…and it was good.
    And the drawing is cute! Is that your home scene we are seeing here? 🙂

    Comment by Nabeela — May 9, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

  7. thats a neat drawing Indira.
    U taking any classes??

    Will have to try this combo..

    Comment by Santhi — May 9, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

  8. Indira,
    Neat way of presenting a recipe.. with the cartoon especially..Does this mean we would be seeing more cartoons in the future?

    Comment by Arjuna — May 9, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

  9. Hee hee Indiara!! Very cute drawing! And a fabulous combo innovation! I will surely try it since both are my favourites. ;o)

    PS: How come you never comment on my blog? :o(

    Comment by Meena — May 9, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  10. Hi Indira,
    Nice idea to cook in this way,indira.
    Drawing is good.

    Comment by vineela krishna — May 9, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  11. Hey indira
    why dont you post one real photo with your husband in the kitchen. I think it will be cool. The cartoon concept was nice but having a real look will be great.


    Comment by shayna — May 9, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

  12. Hey indira,

    Why dont you post one snap of you with your husband in the kitchen. The cartoon concept was cool but a real photo will be lot cooler.


    Comment by shayna — May 9, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  13. Love the cartoon and the recipe both! Will definitely try this combo, Indira.

    Comment by Luv2Cook — May 9, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

  14. Great Indira, i just want to see you…that’s it..

    Padma from Florida..

    Comment by Padma Prakash — May 9, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

  15. Nice recipe for chole. Looks simple too. Indira u look very pretty in that floral skirt 🙂

    Comment by Priya — May 9, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

  16. Loved the recipe. Loved the cartoon. I agree with the above poster, you look so pretty. 🙂 Looking forward to see more cartoons in the future.

    Comment by RP — May 9, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  17. This really sounds like a good combination.I am going to try this over the weekend. Chole with the soft mushy brinjal. Thanks again! I have this recurring dream that you were born with a
    spatula on one hand and a spice jar on the other. 🙂

    I liked your cute little cup and plate arrangement on the shelf.

    Comment by L.G — May 9, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

  18. Hi indira,
    Naku kuda mimmalni chudalani undi.
    Cartoon baga vesaru.

    Comment by yamini — May 9, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

  19. Hello Indira,
    I was searching for a veggie recipe on google and I ended up on your site. I like the variety in your dishes and the good balance in diet. Would you have any veggie recipe using tofu. If so could you post one. I tried Tofu burji, just like paneer burji, and tastes pretty good. Other than that I can not think of any other recipes where I could use tofu.

    Comment by Raghuveer — May 9, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  20. Indira,
    You seem to be having all neatly stacked cups and plates in your kitchen cabinets. 🙂 And what’s the signature down there? Have you taken a pseudonym for the cartoonist in you?

    Comment by Vaishali — May 10, 2006 @ 3:14 am

  21. Cool drawing by a wannabe cartoonist. Is this how u look Indra?

    Comment by Puspha — May 10, 2006 @ 3:25 am

  22. Such a cute cartoon,love your cat,Meow…Meow…!Hey who is Singari???

    Comment by Sumitha — May 10, 2006 @ 7:35 am

  23. oh…. atlast ..Indira!! I could get a glimpse of you guys!! Nice drawing!! and mouthwatering recipe.. especially when i am reading now at 3PM and not yet taken my lunch and still waiting for my husband to come home!!

    Comment by Aparna — May 10, 2006 @ 8:04 am

  24. Hi Indira,
    I visited,I understand Singari is the name of your husband.And I also read about how Kittaya,became a member of your family! Oh I have fallen in love with Kittaya!He is soooooooooo adorable!

    Comment by Sumitha — May 10, 2006 @ 9:26 am

  25. very cute indira!


    Comment by Saffron Hut — May 10, 2006 @ 9:29 am

  26. Hey, thanks all for your nice words about my drawing. You are all too nice. 🙂 Thanks!
    and no, except for the cat, we don’t look like that at all.

    Comment by Indira — May 10, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  27. How cute! So finaly we get to know what you look like 🙂
    I have never tried eggplant with chole so I’d like to sample this new combo

    Comment by Ashwini — May 10, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  28. Indira,

    I made this eggplant chole dish and gonkura chutney for dinner last night with chapathies. I really liked the eggplant-chole combination. It was such a hearty dish.

    The gonkura chutney was really good as well. If I had to make it during a religious event when use of onions or garlic is not permitted, any idea how I could make the chutney without onions?

    Thanks much!

    Indira replies:
    It is a hearty dish, isn’t it? I loved the flavors of them together and I am glad to hear that are also enjoyed this curry. Thanks for letting me know, jayashree.
    Gongura chutney yum… it’s been a while since I had that chutney. We don’t get gongura here that often.:)
    Without onions, I don’t think gongura chutney tastes that good. But you can try and find yourself.

    Comment by jayashree — May 10, 2006 @ 11:49 am

  29. Hey Indira:

    One quick question. Can you tell me how big the eggplant was? Was it the Italian big or Japanese long one?


    Indira replies:
    Hi LC: I prepared this curry with jumbo (Italian) eggplant. I bought this at local farmers market, fresh crop and I picked out this elongated, large eggplant rathar than going with traditional light bulb shape one.

    Comment by Luv2Cook — May 10, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

  30. Hi Indira,

    This is the first time I am commenting here. I am a great admirer of your blog and you are the inspiration for me to start my own blog :).

    BTW, Baingan Chole looks delicious, I am going to try it some time soon.


    Comment by Cyberspace Cook — May 10, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

  31. Thanks for the reply, Indira. I went oriental store shopping yesterday and picked up only one Japanese brinjal. I may need to go back and get one more as that may not be sufficient!

    Comment by Luv2Cook — May 10, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

  32. Hi Indira,

    Tried yr baingan chole and it was simply great. It is really a good change when compared to potato with channa.

    Also, can you or anyone tell me the name for broad beans ?


    Indira replies:
    It is a tasty variation of the old classic, isn’t it?
    Thanks for letting me know.
    About broad beans – they are called ‘chikkudu kayalu’ in Telugu.

    Comment by Rama — May 11, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

  33. I tried this baingan chole last night, came out really good. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

    Indira replies:
    I am glad it turned out good and thanks for letting me know, Veena.

    Comment by Veena — May 18, 2006 @ 9:09 am

  34. This is a heavenly recipe. I cooked it for my (non-Indian) wife last night and won many brownie points. No cookbook I own suggest combining eggplant with chick peas. Thanks.

    Comment by anupcs — September 3, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

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  36. Hello Indira,
    Great recipe with eggplant.
    Love the recipe and information that you provide.
    Have been a chef for 32 years but learn something everyday!!
    I do a blog every Wednesday on my views on Indian Food with recipes.
    If you get a chance check it out on

    Comment by Ajoy — June 5, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

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