Bharwa Baingan / Bharleli Vangi / Stuffed Eggplants

bharwa baingan or stuffed eggplants
Shenga/Peanuts are commonly used in Maharashtrian cuisine. You might have read my previous post, Gavarchi Bhaji - Cluster Beans with a peanut flavor. Today, we are cooking stuffed baby eggplants with peanuts and sesame seeds. This stuffed eggplants curry, called as Bharleli Vaangi in Marathi is one of our favorites with both chapatis and rice. In North Indian cuisine, this curry is popularly known as Bharwa Baingan or Baghare Baingan.

Baby Eggplants/Brinjals/Baingan/Vaangi - 10
Onion - 1 big
Raw Peanuts/Groundnuts/Kache Shenga - 1 cup
White Sesame Seeds/Til - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 4
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind Paste - 1 tsp
Grated Jaggery or Brown Sugar - 1/2 tsp

How to cook Bharleli Vangi:
  • Finely chop onions and cilantro.  
  • Roast the peanuts till they slightly darken in colour. Let them cool. Grind roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, tamarind, red chillies, turmeric, little salt, jaggery, garam masala to a slightly coarse powder. I added the peanut skin too, you can discard them. Use red chilli powder/cayenne pepper if dry red chillies are not available.
peanuts stuffed baby eggplants
  • Stuffing for Eggplants: In a mixing bowl, add the ground coarse powder.  Add ginger garlic paste and few tbsp water. Stuffing must be thick and not runny. Slit the eggplants in a crisscross pattern and fill them with the stuffing. Save the leftover stuffing.
  • Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. After few seconds, add onions and little salt. Saute until onions turn soft. Now add stuffed eggplants and the leftover stuffing. Saute gently for a minute or two. Add about 1 cup water, stir and cook it covered until eggplants turn soft. Keep checking after every 2 - 3 minutes to avoid burning. Flip/Turn the eggplants so that they are evenly cooked.
bharleli vaangi or stuffed baby brinjals
Garnish with cilantro and serve Bhagare Baingan with chapati and/or rice.


  1. Wonderful flavors and super delicious eggplant recipe..thanks for sharing

  2. diff type of stuffed eggplant. sounds delicious.

  3. Mouthwatering dish, gravy sounds wonderful..

  4. Kalakkarel Uma..very nice baingan curry sure it will taste very good tangy n flavour rich curry dear.

  5. Lovely curry! I'm waiting with a plate of rice here! :D

  6. Very nice Uma ... I think we all have our own recipe as far as stuffing is concerned .... urs looks delicious ... can't wait to try..


  7. What about the Bharil Vayangan with coconut stuffing (without any peanuts)? That should come as Saraswat Bharlela Vaanga!


  8. the coconut will follow soon dear :)


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