Mamta's Kitchen

Aubergine Cutlets

Baingan (Brinjal) Tikki

Mamta Gupta

This is a good recipe for when aubergines are in season and inexpensive. You can make tikki or cutlets from many seasonal vegetables. Tikki doesn’t have to be the traditional potato or aloo tikki only. Serves 3-4


  • 1 medium large aubergine

  • 2 slices of medium sized bread, made into crumbs in a food processor or on a grater. You can make Readymade crumbs like Panco crumbs are also good.

  • 1 heaped tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp. roast cumin seeds, coarsely ground (I make this in enough quantity to fill a small spice jar and keep it in my spice box)

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • For coating:

  • 2 slices of medium sized bread*, made into crumbs in a food processor or on a grater

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten and kept in a shallow bowl. If you do not eat eggs, use 2 heaped tbsp. besan or chickpea flour made into a thin paste. This acts as a binder.

  • Oil for deep frying

  • *For Gluten free, either use gluten free bread crumbs or Besan Chickpea flour.


  1. Bake the aubergine in a HOT oven, until it’s skin is shrivelled up and the flesh feels tender, roughly 1/2 hour. For roasting only 1 aubergine, it is easier and cheaper to roast it on direct flame of a gas cooker or even under a grill. Keep turning it so all side are cooked evenly.

  2. Allow to cool or hold under a cold tap for a minute. Peel off the skin.

  3. Mash pulp in a food processor or by hand.

  4. Add the onion, chilli, roast cumin, salt, pepper, green coriander & bread crumbs, salt & pepper to taste. Refrigerate for a couple of hours for it to ‘set’ a little and for flavours to mix.

  5. Using oiled hands, make into small burger or flat pear drop shapes. Dip in egg/besan and then roll in bread crumbs. Keep aside for a few minutes to set.

  6. Heat oil and fry on medium hot until golden brown and crisp on the outside.

  7. Drain and serve with Green Mango Chutney or Tomato Ketchup or Chilli Sauce.

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