Nune Vankaya Pulusu/Bringal Stew

imageNune vankaya pulusu/brinjal stew

Nune vankaya pulusu is spicy, tangy stew/pulusu prepared with vankayalu/brinjals. The vankaya pulusu I’ve prepared today is my mom’s recipe. There are many variations with slight changes to prepare the recipe. Usually southern Andhra people prepare the stew in this style. I’ve used sambar powder for the consistency. Instead of sambar powder, Tamilians usually take ingredients of sambar powder and ground them to a smooth paste along with coconut(Ennai kathirikka kulambu). You can adjust the flavours with minor changes according to your family’s preference. This is very delicious when served with hot steamed rice. Here I present yummy nune vankaya pulusu to relish any day. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Side dish
Cuisine: Andhra, India
Servings: 4


Purple small brinjals: 10 nos.

Onion: 1 no. Big

Garlic flakes: 6/7 nos.

Tamarind: lemon sized

Red chilli powder: 1 tsp

Sambar Powder: 2 tsp
(Home made){Please click on the link for the sambar powder recipe}

Salt: As required

Jaggery powder: Half tsp

Turmeric: Generous pinch

Coriander leaves: Few

Curry leaves: A sprig.


Sesame oil/Peanut oil: 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds: Half tsp

Fenugreek seeds: 6/7 nos.

Asafoetida: A pinch.

Method of preparation:

1. Take 10 small purple brinjals, rinse them well with water and keep aside.image

2. Now heat kadai and pour two tablespoons of sesame oil into it.

3. When the oil becomes hot add mustard seeds and few fenugreek seeds.image

4. When mustard splutter add a pinch of asafoetida into it.

5. Stir them once and add the chopped onion and garlic. image

6. Add a pinch of salt and turmeric too. Mix thoroughly and fry till the onion turn into translucent.image

7. Meanwhile take a veggie bowl with enough water. Keep enough salt and turmeric into it. Remove the stems of the brinjals. Slice them into four parts without cutting the base of the brinjals. Keep the brinjals in water till they are used.image

8. Now put the sliced brinjals into the fried onions and mix them well. Add required amount of salt. Otherwise the brinjals turn into bitter taste.image

9. Fry them on low flame till they are 3/4 th done.image

10. Meanwhile soak tamarind in enough water for 20 minutes.image

11. Now add red chilli powder and sambar powder. Mix well and fry for a minute.image

12. Now add one cup of water and bring them to boil. Add curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves.image

13. Now add extracted tamarind water to this boiling brinjals. Add half tsp of jaggery powder. Stir once and boil the pulusu again.image

14. If required add little salt. Boil the pulusu till the desired consistency is obtained.image

15. Switch off the flame and transfer the nune vankaya pulusu into a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves.image

16. Serve hot nune vankaya pulusu with hot steamed rice.image


1. In the above recipe I’ve not added tomatoes. If you’re using tomatoes reduce the quantity of tamarind and use one or two tomatoes. Add chopped tomatoes when the brinjals are 3/4 th done.
2. Use small and equal size brinjals for best results. You can try the recipe with long brinjals too.
3. If sambar powder is not readily available, coriander powder can be used. Besan powder(One Tbsp) can also be added for the consistency.