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Vankaya Karam recipe

Vankaya Karam Recipe

Vankaya karam (వంకాయ కారం) is a quick recipe which can be paired best with any kind of dal or sambar. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine andhra, Indian
Servings 3 people
Calories 142 kcal


  • 15 Brijnals / వంకాయలు
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Jeera powder
  • 1 tsp Dhaniya powder
  •  ½ tsp Turmeric
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Take a large bowl. Add chilli powder, jeera powder, dhaniya powder, salt and turmeric and mix well so that all the ingredients are evenly mixed. This is the stuffing that we are going to use.
  • Wash the brinjals thoroughly and check for any worms or holes very carefully. If you find any brinjal to be having worms, throw the brinjal and do not use it. Now, slit the brinjal into 4 keeping the stem intact. Place the slit brinjals in salt water.
  • Take a shallow pan. Add oil and spread it around the pan so that the pan is covered fully.
  • Stuff the powder into the brinjal. Do not worry if you think the powder doesn’t actually stay there. It is okay as we will be using the remaining powder at a later time of cooking. But make sure you are able to cover the inside of the brinjal with the stuffing.
  • Repeat the same with all the brinjals and place them in the pan. Turn on the flame and cook the brinjals on a medium flame while occasionally tossing carefully so that the brinjals don’t get shattered.
  • Once the colour of the brinjals is changed, sprinkle the remaining powder on top of these brinjals and cook for 5 – 10 min on a low flame.
  • Once the brinjals become soft and tender, you can switch off the flame and transfer the ingredients into a serving bowl.


* The brinjals are not deep fried but shallow fried with little oil or sufficient oil.
** Do not use a spatula to turn the brinjals over. Just toss them slowly. When you are doing this the brinjals keep moving around in the process of tossing.
Keyword andhra special, brinjal fry, podugu vankaya fry, vankaya fry, Vankaya Kobbari Karam, vankaya recipes, Vankaya Vepudu, వంకాయ వేపుడు