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Vangi Bath – Spicy Brinjal Rice

Vangi Bath is a popular dish from Karnataka. Rice is mixed with a curry made of eggplant or brinjal and spices. I enjoyed it in one of my friend’s place and finally tried it at home. This is an easy dish for lunch or a party. Try this recipe and let me know your feedback. Here you go…

Preparation time: 40 minutes

No. of servings: 4

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Small eggplants or brinjals – 6
  • Chopped onions – 1 cup
  • Green chilies – 4
  • Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal or split white lentils – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal or split bengal gram – 1 tbsp
  • One bay leaf
  • Black cumin – 1 tsp
  • Aniseed – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro for garnishing.

Masala or Spices:

  • Coriander seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  • Chana dal or Split bengal gram – 1/2 tbsp
  • Urad dal or Split white lentils – 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies – 5
  • Peppercorns – 5
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon stick – 1/2″
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a tsp of oil in a frying pan and add all the masala ingredients one by one.
  3. Fry till the dals become golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat, cool it and grind it to a coarse powder.
  5. Boil 4 cups of water and add bay leaf, black cumin, aniseed and finally add the soaked rice.
  6. Add a little salt. Cook the rice and drain extra water.
  7. Heat another deep bottomed pan, add the remaining oil.
  8. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add urad dal, chana dal and green chilies.
  9. Fry till the dal becomes golden brown and add onions followed by salt. Remember to add less salt since we have already salt to the rice.
  10. Saute onions till it becomes translucent.
  11. Now add the cut eggplants and cook until the eggplants become soft and crisp.
  12. Add the ground masala with a little water and cook for 5 to 10 minutes over low heat.
  13. Now add the cooked rice and mix well.
  14. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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  1. Looks so delicious, love that plate

  2. Love this’s so simple and delicious.

  3. Delicious spread, vangi bath are always my fav…yumm!

  4. Though I dont like brinjals…i like this rice very much…ur version sounds nice

  5. Hi, You did not mention about the ground spice powder. Can you please tell me when to add the same ? Apart from that, beautiful post. Have been a silent follower of your blog.

  6. Wow, the platter looks very tasty and nice.

  7. So yummy and beautifully presented!

  8. Love rice that tastes spicy and flavourful, but not oily and heavy. And this is the ONE!

  9. Awesomely YUMMILICIOUS!!!!! Captures are commendably successful in delivering an E-taste of your prep….. :)


  10. love ur version of vangi bath and i like the platter with rice and raitha

  11. one of my favourites and it looks delish !

  12. Love this version of vangi bath.. never tried this :)
    yum :)

  13. WOW What a platter. Loved your version of Vangi bhat :)

  14. looks like a great combination of flavors!

  15. Looks so delicious my fav:)

  16. delicious vangi bath looks wonderful a favourite

  17. Never tried this recipe..sounds awesome..
    Tasty appetite

  18. I too make it the same way almost,looks wonderful!

  19. That rice dish is wonderful! So flavorful and divine.

    During the summer I make something very similar.



  20. Such a comfort food..looks so yumm!!

  21. Vangi bath is really tempting& delicious..all time fav..

  22. Simply delicious and lipsmacking rice!!

  23. I love Vangi Bhaat. So nice to see your beautiful clicks!

  24. Delicious combination, looks tempting!

  25. Is is ok to add the ground spice mixture in the end? There is no mention of it.

    • Hi Raji, I have updated the recipe. Please check the recipe for details. Thanks for your comments.

      • Hi, Thanks & ntd point. Kudos to trio for such a awonderful blog. Awesome presentations.
        Advanced happy Vinayagar Chathurthi festival! Raji.

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