Dahi Baingan | Odia Dahi Baigana

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Dahi Baingan | Odia Dahi Baigana | Brinjals in Curd Gravy

This is one popular side dish or accompaniment from Odisha. In Kolkata also it’s one of the loved food. As the name says, it has two main ingredients, dahi (curd) and baingan (eggplants/ brinjal). This is very simple and easy to prepare. There are two ways to prepare this dahi baingan.

Method I

It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare this dahi baingan. This is just like raita where curd is not cooked. This is no-flour dish.

Only thing we need to do marinate diced eggplant with salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and then shallow fry spiced brinjal pieces.

Then prepare whisked curd (thick) and add red chilli powder, salt to this.

Add shallow fried brinjals to curd and mix gently.

Then prepare tempering of asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, onions, green/red chillies and ginger juliens.

Pour this tempering to the curd and egg plant mixture.

Dahi baigana of Odisha
Flourless Dahi Baingan

Method II

First 2 steps are same.

Then heat oil, add spices, 1 tbsp gram flour and saute. Then add curd and stir continuously.

Then add fried brinjals to this. Dahi Baingan is ready.

Dahi Baingan

At home my mom normally makes it in 1st method described.

This is easiest of all and prepared with minimal ingredients. I have described it step by step. It won’t take more than 10 minutes if you are preparing for 2 – 4 serving.

Dahi Baingan | Odia Dahi Baigana | Brinjals in Curd Gravy

This is an easy and popular accompaniment of odia cuisine. Dahi baingan is prepared from shallow fried brinjals and curd base with tampering of spices (tadka)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine East Indian, Indian, Odisha
Keyword curd based dish, dahi baingan, Raita and chaas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Ipsa Faujdar


  • 250 gms brinjals
  • 250 gms hung curd
  • 5 – 6 tbsp oil to fry Preferably mustard oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 – 3 dry red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
  • 6 – 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt (as per taste)
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves (to garnish)


  • Wash and clean brinjals. Cut the crowns.
  • Chop into desired size like cubes or slices. I have made small sized cubes.
  • Marinate with salt and spices for 5 minutes
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Shallow fry brinjals till they are cooked and soft.
  • In a bowl take curd and beat to smooth with a whisk.
  • Season with salt. Pour in fried brinjals to the curd bowl.

Prepare Tampering

  • Heat oil in a pan. add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to splutter.
  • Add chopper ginger, red chilli, curry leaves and green chillies. 
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Add hing, red chilli powder. Immediately turn off gas to avoid burning of spices.
  • Wait for 10 – 15 seconds letting it cool slightly before adding this tampering to the curd mixture.
  • Pour in the tampering to the mixture and mix well.

Garnish & Serve

  • Dahi Baingan is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.

How to make dahi baingan

  1. Wash and clean brinjals/ eggplants. Chop into cubes/ slices.
brinjal pieces for dahi baingan

2. Marinate with salt and spices.

marinated eggplants for dahi baingan

3. Keep it for 5 – 7 minutes.

4. Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Shallow fry the marinated eggplants

dahi baigana odia style

5. In the meanwhile, whisk curd for a minute to smooth.

Curd based side dish

6. Once the brinjals are cooked and soft add them to the curd and mix gently once.

egg plant curry in curd
Dahi baigana side dish of odisha

7. Then prepare tampering.

Tampering for dahi baingan

8. Pour in the tampering to the curd and fried eggplant mixture.

Dahi Baingan

9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Odisha cuisine dahi baigana step by step with picture
Dahi Baingan odia cuisine side dish

If you love curd base recipes then try out our Methi Palak Kadhi, Rajasthani Gatte ki Sabzi, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Paneer Tikka Masala. Also read our curd special raita and buttermilk recipes like carrot raita, coriander & curd dip, bathua raita, lauki raita, boondi raita.

Also read my other egg plant recipes like baingan bharta, bagara baingan, achari bharwa baingan, aloo baingan dry.

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