Aubergines with Potatoes Aloo Begun

Aubergines with potatoes
A delight on the plate

Not everybody likes aubergines but I think they are such underrated vegetables and have so many culinary uses that I’m often spoilt for choice with what to cook with them.

High up on the list is always a curry and sometimes you just can’t beat a good potato and aubergine curry specially when it’s packed with spices and a rich sauce.

The recipe below is always welcome when I have a spare aubergine lying around in the pantry. It is one that that does not need any huge amount of prep or time other than frying the potatoes and aubergines. I think that’s well worth the final dish.

Please do give it a go, it’s great as a side or a main vegetarian option.
I used smaller baby aubergines today, only as I had them in the fridge ordinarily 1 large aubergine will suffice.

What you will need:


1 aubergine
1 potato
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes blended
2 tsp of coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp of Kashmiri chili powder
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp dried Kasuri methi
2 green chillies chopped.
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 dried whole chilli
1 tsp garlic and ginger paste
1 garlic clove finely chopped
2 tbsp of cream
1 tsp of garam masala
small handful of fresh chopped coriander
6 tablespoons of oil


Wash the whole aubergines and slice thin length ways then half so they are easy to fry.
Do the same for the potatoes cutting them into thin wedges.

Thin slices
Thin wedges

Add 2 tbsp oil to the frying pan.
Gently fry the aubergines with some salt until golden brown. Set aside.

Fried golden

Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the frying pan and now fry the potatoes until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.

Sauted potatoes
Set aside

In the in the same pan add another 2bsp oil then add the chopped garlic clove and the cumin seeds and wait till its roasty and aromatic.

Garlic and cumin seeds temper

Now add the finely minced onion, salt and chopped chillies to the garlic and cumin seeds. Continue to cook until your onion is golden brown.


Once the onions are golden brown add salt and ginger garlic paste, stir this in well.

Garlic/ginger paste

Now add your tomato paste and let this cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat and the oil splits.

Tomato blend

Add the coriander powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric and mix all the ingredients together well. Add splashes of water if needed to loosen it.

Spices are added

Cover with a lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame till the oil starts to split.

Fry till oil is released
Add splashes of water
Wait for colour to deepen

Now add half a cup of water, your sauted aubergines, torn red chillies and cook this well for 5 to 6 minutes on low.

Aubergines added

Check the aubergines to ensure that the masala is cooking well and add a little more water if needed and cook again until the aubergines are soft and mushy. Key is to cook on low and slow unsuring the oil splits.

Water added
Cook slow and low

When the aubergines are cooked through and mushy and the oil has split, you now add the sautéed potato wedges and dried kasuri methi the and cream. Mix in well and cook this covered for a further few minutes on low. Add quarter cup water and cook till you have oil splitting at the sides. Remember the potatoes will absorb some more sauce post cooking.

Methi and cream
Garam Masala

Lastly add chopped coriander and garam masala and mix in. Continue to cook on low for a minute or two until the oil is splitting at the sides. Your dish is done!


Serve with chappitis, puri or naan.


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