Vangi Bhath/Brinjal/Eggplant Rice

Again another simple,flavorful rice preparation for lunch box which goes very well with simple raitha and papads.I learned this recipe from one of my neighbour friend's MIL who is a base of Karnataka,cooks excellent and innovative recipes.We used to share so many traditional recipes with each other those days.

Vangi bhath is a rice preparation,in which brinjals/eggplant are sauteed with  the spices along with the ground masala powder and mixed with the rice.The freshly ground masala powder is the key ingredient for this rice which gives the excellent flavor and taste.Here goes the recipe for the simple and delicious,flavorful rice.........


Basmathi rice11/2cups
Onion(finely chopped)1no.(medium size)
Small round brinjal/eggplant8-10nos.
Mustard seeds1tsp
Urad dhal1tsp
Channa dhal11/2tsp
Dried red chilly2nos.(broken)
Curry leaves1 sprig
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs
Saltto taste

To dry roast and grind

Red chillies3-4nos.
Coriander seeds11/2 tbs
Channa dhal1tsp
Urad dhal1tsp
Cinnamon(pattai)1 inch piece
Dry coconut1tbs


                            Wash the rice and cook it in an electric rice cooker along with a pinch of salt and a tsp of oil.Once the rice is cooked separate the grains and let it cool down completely.
Meanwhile dry roast the ingredients given and finally add the dry coconut and turn off the stove.After cooling  grind it to a fine coarse powder and keep aside.
Heat a pan with oil in a medium flame and splutter the mustard seeds followed by urad dhal,channa dhal and peanuts.Add the finely chopped onions,curry leaves and a pinch of salt,saute to transparent.
Once the onion is done add the eggplant,salt and turmeric powder,give it a good mix.Cook it covered till the brinjal gets tender and cooked.Now add in the ground powder,grated coconut and mix it well.
Finally add the coriander leaves and turn off the stove.Add the cooked rice to it and mix it till everything gets blend well.Vangi bhath is ready.
Serve it with raitha and papad or chips.

  • Adding onion and coconut is optional and it can be substituted with1or 2 brinjals.
  • This powder can be stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
  • The curry can be made in the previous day and stored in the refrigerator.
  • The original vangi bhath powder recipe has a small piece of marati moggu,since I don't get that spice here,didn't use it.


Delicious the way you clicked the pictures..Nalini, I have an event at my space..try to participate.

Mmmm...Love this simple and flavorful rice..nice clicks

I make this at least once a month, nice presentation Nalini..

rice looks super delicious..beautiful clicks!!

Wow. This is my favourite rice. Looks perfect and delicious.Nice clicks

Wow....lovely recipe....looks perfect and yummy.

Awesome luking yummy Vangibhath.Truly delish and tempting!.

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mouth watering and truely grt vangibhath ..thanks for sharing

This is a really nice recipe, Nalini. It looks very flavourful and healthy. Recipes handed down the generations never go amiss of flavours.

Rice looks superb Nalini!!Nice clicks too :) Yummy!!

Yum yum,super flavourful vangi bhath,simply makes me hungry.

Flavorful & delish rice ;)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Very nice recipe,lovely looks so inviting!!

Wow, Nalini... really outstanding dish!! I love rice like this all in one pot. Beautiful pictures and presentation too. Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

Hola, Nalini. Este arroz tiene que estar muy, pero que muy rico... y con un saborazo tremendo.
Enhorabuena por la receta.

Un saludo.

Juan Carlos.

lovely and flavourful rice..nice clicks and thanks for the stepwise pics

Great post, flavorful and delicious. I am announcing Valentines special - my 1st blog event and Giveaway, Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..!

flavourful and delicious reciepe...

Drooling here...yummy looking

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