Badnekayi(Eggplant) Instant Palya

When we were in Bijapur, one of our cooks used to make this vegetable along with Jolada rotti, of course when she was in a hurry. If not she used to make yennegayi. The eggplants we used to get in Bijapur are those small round ones. In my recipe here, I have used the purple huge eggplant which we get here.

Once all the chopping is done, the palya is ready in minutes. This is a good recipe to prepare when you’re in a hurry. Also, since this doesn’t have onion or garlic, its what I prepare on Thursday’s since we don’t eat onion or garlic on festival days as well as Thursday’s.

Badnekayi(Eggplant) Instant Palya

  1. 1 large eggplant
  2. 2 green peppers
  3. 2 potatoes
  4. 2 tsp chilli powder
  5. 2 tsp coriander powder
  6. 2 tsp curry powder
  7. 1 tsp Jeera
  8. 1/2 tsp haldi
  9. a pinch of hing


  1. Chop all the 3 vegetables in equal sizes, so they cook evenly.
  2. In a non stick vessel, add 4 tsp oil. When the oil is hot, add Jeera, haldi, and hing
  3. Now add the Potatoes, fry them for a little while.
  4. Next add the chilli powder, curry powder, and jeera powder.
  5. Once they are mixed properly, add green pepper and eggplant.
  6. Mix well, and cook for another few minutes until all the vegetables mix well.
  7. Finally, I added 2 tsp of brown sugar. It has that spicy and a little sweet taste in the background. You can completely skip this.

Serve with either chapathi or poori.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Meera,

    From one Meera to another! and that too a Madhwa…talk abt coincidences.

    I was attracted by the look and feel of your blog-pleasing to the eye & soul.

    Talking about authentic Madhwa recipes, I’m sure you will agree with me nothing can match the humble ‘Hayagreeva’.Do post it on your blog sometime if you can…Brings back special memories!



  2. Posted by meeraghu on November 22, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Meera,
    Yes, indeed. Thanks for your wonderful comments. Yes, I will post the recipe for Hayagreeva.


  3. Posted by Vishal Kulkarni on December 13, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you Meera. This is wonderful website Keep up the good work. I love to see more kannada recipes . I never imagined i would find one like this. Jolad rotti, badnekayi palya, hayagreeva …….bayag neeru barthada.


  4. Posted by meeraghu on December 13, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Vishal,
    Thanks for your nice comments.
    I grew up in Bijapur, so I have many many recipes. I just need the time to cook each one of these, and post them.
    When I came to B’Lore, everyone used to laugh at my kannada. I used to say Shenga, Putani, Bakri, Chavali kayi, badani kayi and so on….
    I just can’t stop laughing.


  5. Posted by Vishal on December 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Wow, that was nice to hear from you. thats cool you know. lol 🙂
    nanu dharwad basha mathadidra yallaru nagthara ….namada yella maja kannada alla, adaka. by the way, nimma website baal help aageda. nanna hendti antharu full kush aagyala. navibru divsa hosa hosa recipe try madlikathavi. north karnatakada basha matta adigina baare …..
    bhari kush aagaev nimma website nodi navu. please keep up the good work. navu nimma website nodine adagi madtha iddevi

    tumba dhanyawadgalu
    vishal and meena


  6. Posted by meeraghu on December 19, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Hi Vishal, Meena,
    Thanks again for your nice comments. I am glad u found my site interesting. Say my hello to your wife as well.


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