Vankaya Pulusu Pachadi (Andhra Sweet and Sour Eggplant Stew)


This is a classic Andhra dish consisting of roasted eggplant (brinjal) in a sweet and sour stew. The sweetness is from jaggery and the sourness is from tamarind. This pulusu is an excellent accompaniment to patholi, or mudda pappu (plain hard-cooked dal). I also like it just by itself with plain rice and ghee.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 eggplant

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 dried red chile peppers, broken into pieces

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 3 green chile peppers, chopped

  • 2 sprigs fresh curry leaves

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste

  • ¼ cup jaggery (palm sugar)

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  2. Coat the outside of the eggplant with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool before coarsely mashing; set aside.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet. Fry the dried red chile peppers, cumin seeds, mustard seed, and asafoetida powder in the hot oil until the seeds start to splutter. Add the onions, green chile peppers, and curry leaves; cook and stir until the onions are soft and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the mashed eggplant, water, tamarind paste, jaggery, white sugar, turmeric, ground red pepper, and salt into the mixture; bring to a boil and cook until the mixture begins to thicken, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
9g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 88mg 441%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.