Grilled Eggplant with Tamarind Glaze

Now-a-days, where everything has been modified and changed, the written recipes which are the fundamental bedrock of how we cook and share food is also undergoing its own makeover. There was a time when a simple cake recipe was learned at a grandmother’s elbow, noted down on a worn recipe card or in a book with stained pages. It was simply a straight forward content as ingredients, instructions and maybe a tip or two. But now like media and music, the recipes are being stretched and shattered, its conventions challenged by a generation that learned to cook from television chefs and YouTube videos, cookbooks etc.

Like all other home cooks, food bloggers I too have a collections of lots of cookbook. But many times, those are only showcased in my bookshelves, I am actually a fond of collecting books 😉 . This time, means today is Monday. And as you all know, I am contributing for Foodie Monday Blog Hop where a theme is selected to post on every Monday. Well, the #135th theme is decided as ‘Cook from a CookBook’. Hence I have selected a sweet and sour appetizer using eggplant as Grilled Eggplant with Tamarind Glaze from “Bliss of Spices by VIKAS KHANNA“. 

The actual recipe in that book is mentioning to involve the baking procedure. But instead of baking and the layering the eggplants, I just modified a bit. The tamarind has a sweet and sour taste which makes a great combination specifically with roasted cumin seeds. The method of preparation is so simple but yields an amazing flavor to the simple eggplant slices. Just slices the eggplant into around 1/3rd inch slices lengthwise, brush these slices with tamarind glaze (a mixture of tamarind pulp, brown sugar and some spices) and finally grill to get the mouthwatering sweet and sour appetizer. This dish is completely vegan and gluten-free. Also these grilled eggplants with tamarind glaze’ll be a great appetizer in party or as a special starter of any meal. So do try this Grilled Eggplant with Tamarind Glaze and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram.

Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 10 mins  |  Cooking Time : 10 mins

Ingredients :        



Eggplant (medium)

2 no.

Tamarind pulp

2 tbsp

Brown sugar

½ tbsp

Sesame seed

½ tsp

Nigella seed

½ tsp

Cumin seed (roasted)

½ tsp

Pepper powder

½ tsp

Olive oil

2 tbsp


As needed


2-3 tbsp

Coriander leave

For garnishing

Method :

  1. In a small bowl, take tamarind pulp, nigella seeds, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cumin seeds and water.
  2. Mix everything well till the sugar dissolves using a spoon and keep aside.
  3. Now wash and clean the eggplants.
  4. Cut into thin slices (about 1/3rd inch thick) lengthwise.
  5. Brush oil on both side of eggplant slices and sprinkle a little of pepper powder and salt.
  6. Heat the grill pan over medium heat.
  7. Brush the slices with the tamarind mixture. 
  8. Place those eggplant slices on the hot grill pan, grill for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and slightly charred.
  9. Flip the slices and let grill other side for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving platter.
  11. Brush with some more tamarind mixture slightly. 
  12. Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve these grilled eggplant with tamarind glaze hot immediately !

Notes :

  • These can be roasted in oven instead of grilled over pan.
  • Add more or less water to adjust the tamarind mixture consistency as desired.
  • Use jaggery powder in place of brown sugar if not available.

PIN for later :


  1. CookwithRenu

    They look delicious. Tamarind and Eggplant a different way of cooking. Loved it.

  2. Changing Career

    Look really tasty. Will have to try this recipe.

  3. Priya Iyer

    I've never used eggplants for anything other than bajjis, bharta or curries. This eggplant dish looks fascinating! I'd love to try it out some time. 🙂

  4. Sujata Roy

    Eggplant looks amazing. A new version of begun bhaja. Loved it. I would love to try.

  5. Vanitha

    Lovely idea of glazing with tamarind before baking… the eggplant looks so inviting and amazing..awesome share dear 🙂

  6. Poonam Bachhav

    The grilled eggplant with tamarind glaze sounds so flavorful Sasmita !

  7. Cookingisfunn

    grilled eggplant with tamarind graze, again this sounds new to me, i tried grilled eggplant, but never drizzle any sauce or anything…just some spices thts all…Lovely share saswati 🙂


    A very new,very different and simply awesome recipe Sasmita …its almost like the South Indian combo of Eggplants nd tamarind for various curries.. …but i would say reconstructed

  9. veena

    The grolled eggplant look amazing. I love egg plant and this gies directly into my to do list. Loved the presentation too

  10. Mayuri Patel

    Sasmita, you're so right, before we learnt cooking by watching our mums, grandmothers, aunts etc and jotting down recipes and tips. I learnt many recipes in that manner from my mother in law. Nowadays recipes on blogs and other sites are more famous. However, still love opening a book and following the recipe as unlike following blog recipes, book recipes most of the time turn out perfect, whereas blog recipes are like a hit and miss affair. Glazing the eggplant slices with a tamarind glaze is a brilliant way to enjoy the tasteless vegetable.

  11. Sujata Roy

    Awesome share Sasmita. These are looking so eye catching. Will give you feedback after trying.

  12. Sharmila kingsly

    Never had eggplant as a appetizer, this sounds interesting and yummy.. Will give a try 🙂

  13. Freda

    Wow! That tamarind glaze sounds so amazing, would love to try it!

  14. Indfused

    I cannot wait to make this Sasmita! I like grilled eggplant and your tamarind glaze looks so yummy!

  15. Priya Suresh

    Now am very tempted to make this ultimate grilled eggplants, and that tamarind glaze sounds fabulous to enjoy those grilled eggplants without any fuss.

  16. Nivedita Thadani

    I agree with you, with media and internet, we are mix matching, remixing the recipes. But I feel it's good we are opened to many ways and are more creative. I too havehthe collection of books. Waiting time buy vikas khanna's book
    I will name your dish as " Baingan Beauties". Tamarind glaze is new to me . I must try .

  17. Archana

    Looks amazing. I am sure my eggplant hating daughter will also love this grilled eggplant.

  18. sujitha

    Grilling eggplants with tamarind sauce is a nostalgic combination.. sounds delicious..

  19. Pavani

    I LOVE eggplant in ALL shapes and forms. Your grilled eggplant with tamarind glaze looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making this soon.

  20. Hayley

    WE love eggplant. so definitely this would be so good to serve to my family.

  21. Unknown

    This is an interesting recipe…can imagine the sweet and sour taste with grilled eggplant. Would love to try 🙂

  22. Priya Satheesh

    Sounds really interesting and what a fabulous combination.. Will try this for sure !

  23. Uma Srinivas

    Here I can see some traditional touch and modern twist. Very creative and delicious recipe!

  24. Avin

    Delicious eggplant. Even I have so many recipes saved and yet to try. Don't know if I will ever get to try them in this lifetime. Just aim to make one at a time🙂

  25. preethi'scuisine

    Grilled eggplant with tamrind glaze sounds innovative . Love the tangy flavour.

  26. Rafeeda AR

    I totally agree with you… life was simpler back then, we studied from our moms and cooked the same food, but now with so much floating around, our heads are bombarded with so many options to cook that sometimes we can't find ourselves time to fix up just simple meals! Just like you, I am a collector of cookbooks who wishes I could cook from them every other day… hehe… very interesting recipe this one sounds. Not a fan of brinjal, but I may eat them this way…

  27. cookingwithsapana

    Eggplant is my weakness and I can have it in any forms. This grilled eggplant looks absolutely delicious.

  28. Sonal

    wow wow wow….i am drooling here. i am an eggplant lover and alwasy looking for new recipes.. this is bookmarked to try..

  29. jayashree

    This looks so yumm, love eggplant and do need to try this sometime Sasmita.

  30. Jyoti Babel

    Looks great. This will be perfect for a live barbecue party too. Lovely share

  31. mildly indian

    Super cool. good use for my grill pan too. will try.

  32. Vidya Narayan

    Absolutely in love with the glaze. Tamarind being South Indian's weakness, I loved the fact that you used it as a glaze for flavouring the grilled eggplants, which by the way look stunning as well. An excellent way to please your guests at the dinner table, this dish would certainly be loved by all. Loved the theme btw, I agree, buying cookbooks is one thing and making something out of it is another. Haha.

  33. Lathiya

    Never grilled eggplant..this looks amazing.. beautifully grilled

  34. code2cook

    Thus grilled eggplant looks very inviting. I love eggplant and keep looking for new recipes. great share.

  35. Anonymous

    What a share… amazing 🙂

  36. Unknown

    Grilled eggplant with tamarind graze, this sounds new to me. I love eggplant, but never added tamarind to it.learned a new way to add this flavor to eggplant.

  37. Unknown

    I have recently discovered the magic that is eggplant with tangy dressings and thus, have no problem imagining how delicious this grilled version with tamarind will taste! Looks and sounds fabulous!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Hey there !

Myself Sasmita, a techie turns to a food blogger which is reflected in this space.

Recommended Recipes