Oriya recipes

Dahi (yogurt) baigana (eggplant) and a treat!

September 5, 2008

Separation anxiety has already gripped me! Although it is still a week to go before my little prince resumes his normal chores. It is once again a new school, new teachers and new friends and new surroundings that is making him more enthusiastic to hop into the bus. Although this week has been little hectic for me but still I wanted to treat my little prince. This is my version of choc chip cookies made with a slight twist by replacing the choc chips with M&M’s and adding couple of teaspoon of cocoa powder.
Down memory lane when I started to shape up this space of mine I had always in my mind to showcase some delectable cuisines from Orissa. Even though my knowledge is limited to just a few recipes I constantly buzz my mom and mil to let me know the ways of cooking authentic Oriya recipe. Somehow I feel that I enjoy these recipes while I am holidaying in my state. It is great to relish the real authentic fare. I guess it is the soil, the water and the air that makes the vegetables & fruits and meat more yummier or just perhaps mom‘s special touch that renders the magic to the food. Since getting married to a food lover and living on my own I have tried making some of those nostalgic recipes now & then. I feel somehow I am getting close to that original taste & flavor but still have a long way to replicate the exact magic. This recipe of eggplant with yogurt is a very sought after side dish in any gatherings. I really relish the sliced and spiced eggplant dipped in the yogurt sauce.

It is a very cool dish and common to the Oriya kitchen. The reason I seldom cook is that the eggplants needs to deep fried, so I always look for some occasion to have this yummy dish. It is part of my menu list whenever we have guests at home. My friends have always loved this accompaniment since it goes very well with the heavier curries.


1 cup yogurt
2 long eggplants
1tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon chili powder
1teaspoon pancha putona
Curry leaves
Dry chillies
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
oil for deep frying

Slice the eggplants lengthwise and marinate it with chili powder, salt and turmeric powder. Set aside for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the eggplants. Remove and let it cool down.
Meanwhile whisk the yogurt and add salt, sugar and chili powder. Add the cooled eggplants to yogurt mix.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan, add pancha putona, red chilies and curry leaves. When they start to crack, pour the oil over the yogurt and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

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  • Reply Vaishali September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for a traditional recipe, Pearlsoeast! I love eggplant and I’ve just fallen in love with Soy Yogurt, so I will try this soon. Great pictures!

  • Reply Divya Vikram September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Dahi baigan looks really authentic..And substituting M&Ms should have brought a smile in ur little ones face for sure!

  • Reply Cham September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I made the eggplant in yogurt long back without knowing it is Orissa recipe 🙂 Now i know the originality, it is absolutely delicious and the M& M cookies re pretty 🙂

  • Reply ANJALI J. September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    this is really awesome..loved the recipe.. picture itself says a lot abt ur dish.

  • Reply Sangeeth September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    loves ur cookies….must be a hit with kids….

  • Reply Usha September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds delicious..have never tried fried eggplants in yogurt…good combination 🙂

  • Reply sowmya September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    nice recipe for eggplant..bookmarked..am sure going to try this one!!

  • Reply Susan from Food Blogga September 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

    When I was a kid, m & m chocolate chip cookies were my specialty. Now, I'm feeling like whipping up a batch after seeing yours.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Wow something new and looks gr8. Never tried youghurt and egg plant.

  • Reply Uma September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    mmm. what a delicious recipe! Looks so mouth-watering. Lovely treat for your son.

  • Reply SriLekha September 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    it sounds delicious

  • Reply Kate / Kajal September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    hmm this is a nice new way to have eggplants Surprisingly i’ve never had it like this before. Surly going to try it.

  • Reply Sireesha September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Baingan is my all time favorite.Eggplant with yougurt sounds delicious and yummy.Bookmarked it.will try soon.

  • Reply Bhawana September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    what a look, tempting me to make this. made a note of it.

  • Reply delhibelle September 8, 2008 at 12:07 am

    dahi baigana look so scrumptious..so love tradiional recipes like these.
    Hope “little prince” settles fast in the new surroundings. Cute cookies:)

  • Reply Rachel September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I share the same feeling of separation..but it gets better as they grow up…

  • Reply Sukanya September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Looks yum…..the cookies looks so tempting too

  • Reply Suma Rajesh September 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    sounds delicious..and its a new combo for me baigan with dahi…awsome..

  • Reply sowmya October 2, 2008 at 11:11 am

    i tried your dahi baigana today..tasted awesome..thanks ..

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