Carrot and Aubergine sabzi/ Gajar Ringra Shaak

This is one of my husband’s favourite dishes that he asks me to make from time to time, especially when he is missing home. It is one of the family’s recipes which he requested me to type up. I got the recipe from my mother in law and modified it slightly to add measurements but the credit all goes to her for this fabulous recipe.

This is similar to a sabzi and is a balance of sweet and spicy and utterly delicious. Best served with buttery rotis and a glass of lassi, this has comfort dish written all over it. You can make it in under an hour!


  • 2 carrots, washed and sliced
  • 2 aubergines, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin and coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons  garlic
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  1. Boil the carrots in a saucepan of slightly salted water for 8 minutes.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil on medium heat and add the cumin seeds, jaggery, turmeric, red chilli powder and mustard seeds.
  3. Add the carrots (once boiled), half the garlic and half the tomatoes once the cumin seeds start to sizzle.
  4. Mix well and let this cook for around 7 minutes.
  5. Now add the aubergines, remaining garlic and tomatoes, as well as the salt and cumin and coriander powder.
  6. Cover the pan and let this cook for 10 minutes and eat hot.



About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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