Have you ever had Hyderabadi Biryani? If yes then I am sure you have had this peanuty, spicy, curry served with a Biryani. The one served with Biryani is an Onion Salan, but Hyderabad is famous for their various Salan. This recipe uses Eggplant/Aubergines (Baingan in Hindi) and thus called Baingan ka Salan. You can replace the eggplants with thick, fat, green chillis or just onion as well. I remember having this dish quite often while in doing my University studies in Hyderabad for 4 years and this dish definitely brings up bright memories.
This isn’t one of the healthiest recipes and also not something that you would like to enjoy on a weeknight. More festive and weekend kind of a recipe. The curry base is made of peanuts, sesame, coconut (all quite heavy) and tamarind and jaggery is used to balance the flavors.
I made this last week as a part of my mid week meal as I had a friend visiting me home. And of course savored it for 2 more days by storing the leftovers in the fridge.
Do give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.