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Achaari Bangun

Aubergine and Potato Curry with Pickling Spices

  • Heat Hot
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 30 mins
Achaari Bangun

A wonderful vegan dish that uses a delicate blend of spices to give this dish a unique pickled flavour.

Hari says

Spices are so unique in the flavour they add to your dishes. The combination used here are normally used to make achaar or pickle and they each add a delicate aromatic that is unique to Indian pickles. Cumin add warmth, kalongi add pepper, fennel add aniseed, mustard add bite, fenugreek add bitterness and the chilli adds heat. These spices come together with the over-ridding zing of dried mango or amchoor to give an amazing flavour to this dish. 

In this recipe I have toasted the spices and ground them down to produce a thick masala base but if you like whole spices you can keep them whole too. 

I will warn you know - make sure you have enough roti's as you will need more then you think to scoop up all that delicious goodness.

  • Ingredients
  • Method

Achaari pickling spice blend

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes


  • 1-2 Aubergines, washed and chopped into 5cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil or Rapeseed oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp asafoetida
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 3cm pieces.
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 chillies, sliced 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp mango powder (amchoor)
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped   


Achaari spice mix

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, dry roast all the spices on a medium low heat until fragrant and nutty. Shake the pan so they don't burn. Remove from the heat and put into a bowl so they don't continue to cook.
  2. Allow the spices to cool completely then in a spice grinder blitz to a fine powder.


  1. If using mustard oil heat to smoking then allow to cool before cooking. Add the oil to the pan to warm.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida once fragrant add the sliced onion and stir to cook until just starting to colour.
  3. Stir in the sliced garlic for about 2 minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes.
  4. Stir and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down. You may need to add a little water to help them cook.
  5. Stir in the salt, ginger and chillies along with the achaari spice mix, turmeric, chilli powder, ground coriander seeds and mango powder. Mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the diced potatoes and coat with the masala reduce the heat to the lowest setting and  leave for a few minutes with the lid on the pan.
  7. Add the aubergine, stir to coat, cover and cook until the veggies are soft and tender. You shouldn't need to add any water if its on a very low heat but if you want to help them cook more quickly you can add about 50ml's. 
  8. Stir occasionally after about 20 minutes the potatoes and aubergine should be soft.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a few kalongi seeds and serve with lots of fresh roti's.

Served with

Great as a main or a side dish and goes hand in hand with roti that have been smeared in butter. The left overs are amazing for a quick lunch and it's even great in a toasted sandwich or in a wrap.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)1.8
of which saturates (g)0.1
Carbohydrates (g)7.0
of which sugars (g)2.2
Fibre (g)1.4
Protein (g)1.4
Salt (mg)0.65
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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