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Vangi bath (Eggplant rice)

Posted by Madhavi on December 9, 2006


The cuisine of Karnataka has some interesting and unique dishes . To name a few- Bisibele Bath, Saaru, Vangi Bath, Khara Bath, Akki Rotti, Ragi mudde and uppittu. Though these dishes are made in all parts of India, I still  feel these have very unique flavor and taste when eaten in Karnataka.

I came to know more about Karnataka cuisine only after i got married to Venkatesh.  Among the dishes mentioned above, i make bisebele bath and vangi bath more often. The great thing about making the bisebela bath and vangi bath is, the pre made spice powder. Having this masala powder handy makes these dishes very simple in making and most of all less time consuming. I generally get the home made masala powder made by my co-sister from India. This masala powder can be easily found in any Indian grocery store.

Note: In my in-laws house, we use the same masala powder for both bisebele bath and vangi bath.


  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)
  • 6 small brinjals or 1 medium italian egg plant
  • 2 tsp vangi bath powder
  • curry leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt


Cook the rice with 2 cups of water.

Cut the brinjals 1/2 inch lenght wise. For reference see the picture below.

Take a large non-stick skillet put 3 tbsps of oil, few mustard seeds, few curry leaves and then add the brinjal with some salt. Cook till the brinjal becomes tender. Now add 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp vangi bath powder and just cook for a minute and then turn of the stove.

After five minutes remove the brinjal mixture from the skillet and place in a plate. Now in the same skillet put the rice with 3 tsps of oil, 1 tsp of vangi bath powder,1/2 tsp of salt and lemon juice. Gently mix all the ingredients, with out breaking the rice.

Once the spices are well incorporated in the rice, add the brinjal mixture to the rice and mix it well. Taste and reseason accordingly.

Its ok to add the oil and vangi bath powder directly to the rice. The hot rice takes away the raw smell from the oil and also cooks the spice powder. This trick is something i learned from my sister in-law.


                                           Cooked brinjal


Mixing oil, vangi bath powder, lemon juice and salt to the rice


                                            Vangi bath

Recipe: Venkatesh’s family

Vangi bath masala powder:

(I got this recipe from a cook book)

  • chana dal- 3 tsp
  • urad dal- 3 tsp
  • fenugreek (methi seeds)- about 4 seeds
  • dry coconut- 3 tsps
  • red chillies- 5 to 6
  • jeera (cumin)- 1 tsp
  • coriander seeds- 1 tsp
  • cloves- 2
  • cardamom- 1
  • cinammon stick- a small piece

Fry all the above ingredients in 1 tsp oil. Grind to a smooth paste and use 2 tsps of this mixtue for the vangi bath.

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41 Responses to “Vangi bath (Eggplant rice)”

  1. siris said

    hi madhu
    I was looking for a different flavoured rice to cook and your vangi bath looks really good.
    I will definnitely try this one.Thanks for the receipe

  2. Asha said

    Madhu,I am born and raised in K’taka! You don’t know how happy you made me today!:)) I have Vangi bhath in my blog too, but it’s always good to know other recipe pd too.Thank you.

  3. Lakshmik said

    Hi Madhu

    Thanks for the recipe. I ate Vangibath long time ago in India. Will make it now again.

  4. lakshmi said

    e recipe naku ishtamu, nice dish, thanks for the recipe friend

  5. Madhavi said

    Thanks every one. This type of vangi bath is very famous in Karnataka. Just fell in love with it after i tasted it for the first time.

  6. Priya S&S said

    Vangibath looks good Madhu ! And recipe seems to be very simple.

  7. Priya S&S said

    Vangibath looks good Madhavi ! And recipe seems to be very simple.

    Yes priya, the recipe is indeed very simple if you have the pre-made masala powder.Thanks for your compliments.

  8. Jyothi said

    Thanks for the recipe Madhavi. I like vangi bath and this recipe looks quite simple, so I can try this.

  9. Latha said

    Madhu, I read Vanghi Bath,seems to be easy to cook. I am planning to mild changes according to our family taste.

  10. Madhavi said

    yes latha this recipe is quite easy. do try it.


  11. sujana said

    hi madhavi, i was looking for vangibath since from a long time, but didn’t get this much simple and nice recipe. thanks for your recipe and it came really nice


  12. vasundhara said

    i tried the vangi bath recipe as specified by you and my family members liked it very much. thank you.

  13. umasays, said

    when i was looking for different kinds of rice, i saw your recipe&i tried specified by you,its turned out very husband&friends liked it very much.thanks for your recipe Madhavi.

  14. sri said

    Hi Madhavi,
    Vangi Bath looks yummy. Good presentation and nice photograph.Thank you for this recipe.

  15. swaroopa said

    tried it and it turned out delicious…thanx….

  16. Shweta said

    Thanks for the recipe! Its very easy to make, and tastes awesome.
    A small variation i do to it is add about 1/4th tsp of garam masala powder along with the vangibath powder while frying the brinjal pieces.

  17. parvathy said

    thanks a lot for the reciepe….had the home made powder from India..tried it and believe it as gr8…first time i have tried it mind blowing….one more instead of lemon juice, we can add tamrind juice too…..THANKS A LOT

  18. Sriram said

    my mom addes ground nut(fry before the brinjals), fried copra and green peas as well…though these are optional, the recipe comes out really good with these additions.

  19. Aparna said

    Hey madhu was browsing for vangi bhat recipes and stumbled across your site will definitely give this a try. If I do end up trying can I credit you and put your link in my blog?

  20. Aparna said

    Oops almost forgot to ask… if you were to make the bisi bele bhat or vangi bhat powder at home how would you do it? Cos I don’t have any ready made powder at home

  21. rachitha said

    its a good n easy recipe n that it tastes very good too thanks for posting just a wonderful vangi bath recipe on the net it has helped a lot of people

  22. satish said

    Thank you very much

    It is a easy and very taste recipe.

  23. aparna said

    thanks for the recipe…

  24. gowri said

    Your vangi bath loohs great and moutnwatering.

  25. tajneela said

    very simple, and tasty recipe. a meal by itself.

  26. kavitha said

    recipe is great

  27. deepa said

    thanks madhu.i was searching for vangi bath recipe.i tried it,my kids and hubby liked it so much,thx once again for ur beautiful also taesty recipe.

  28. srikanth said

    Hai Madhu,

    It is very dissapointing I could not find bath powder for Bisbelibath

  29. kavitha said

    hi madhavi,
    i Prepared this , it came so delicious. thanku madhu.


  30. vidya said

    this receipe i was looking since long time………..can you please tell me measurement for vangibhat masala in grams instead of spoon?

  31. Kanasu said

    Thanks a lot for the recipe. When I cooked it, it came out really well… Enjoyed it.

  32. I gave this a try last weekend and it went down a treat, thanks.

  33. himabindu said

    hi madhu
    thank u for the recipe,iam just going to try now as long
    back i have prepared this but my children were to young to
    like egg plant now they luv varieties with brinjal.

  34. Raji said

    I tried it today…. i was very tasty..thanks for the receipe

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  36. Adarsha said

    i tried this today & came out superb….thanks

  37. LAKSHMI said

    hai dis receipe is very easy good taste

  38. lakshmi said

    hai dis is lakshmi nice dish plz also provide me non veg receipes

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