Brinji – Brinji Sadam – Veg Brinji

Brinji a one-pot meal with simple ingredients and a better alternative to the biryani. A good choice for packing in a lunch box. You can use veggies of your choice. I used beans, carrots, potatoes. You can have it with onion raita, fryums or pickle.

Let’s see how to cook it.

Preparation Time : 30 minutes

Cooking Time : 60 minutes

Serves : 4


Ghee – 3 tbsp

Oil – 2 tbsp

Cardamom – 5

Cloves – 5

Cinnamon – 2 inch piece

fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Brinji leaves / Bay leaves – 3

star anise – 2

Onions -2 (big size, thinly sliced )

ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp

Green chillies – 5 ( sliced)

tomato – 1 (big size , chopped )

carrot – 1(cut into small pieces )!

Beans – 15 ( cut into small pieces )

Potato- 2 (small size ,cut into pieces )

Turmeric powder- 1/2 tap

Kashmiri Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp

Garam masala powder – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

Basmati Rice – 2 cups

lemon – 1( small size )

Bread slices – 8

Cashews – 15 nos

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 3 cups


1.Wash and soak basmati rice in water for about 30 minutes. Heat 2 tbsp of oil and ghee in a pot. When it’s hot, add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds, bay leaves, star anise. Let them splutter. Add sliced onions, saute them to golden, add ginger garlic paste, green chillies. saute until the raw smell leaves. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till they get mushy and oil starts appearing.

2. Add the chopped veggies, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt, coriander leaves and mint leaves into it. Drain the water completely from the soaked rice and add it. Gently mix the rice with the other ingredients. Add coconut milk and water into it. Mix well. Check for salt and add if required. Squeeze lemon into it. Place the flame in high.

3. Cut bread slices into small pieces and fry them to golden and crisp. Also fry cashews to golden. When the water has come to nice boil , add the fried bread pieces, cashews into it and add the remaining ghee to it. Cover with a lid and cook in low flame for 20 minutes.

Brinji is ready.

Serve hot with Raita.

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