Doi Begun by Lalia Dattagupta



Lalia Dattagupta is the Sole Proprietor of Sanskriti Kolkata, a fashion house of fusion and ethnic wear. Her creativity can be seen even in the culinary sphere.





  • brinjal/ aubergine/ eggplant
  •  Cooking oil
  • asafoetida (hing)
  • cumin seeds
  • onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • spices – cumin and coriander powder, red chilli powder
  • salt
  • diced tomatoes
  • beaten curd. (If you have no curd, you may add fresh cream)
  • finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves


(Now, even before I published this to the site, I shared it with my family (Whatsapp Group), and pishi, Snigdha Ganguly (my aunt) came with a feedback post. Here below is a picture from her kitchen.)



  • Slice the brinjals in roundels.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the roundels till golden on both sides. Remove from heat and drain excess oil by placing on paper towel.
  • Now in the remaining oil in the pan add – asafoetida, cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds crackle, fry chopped onions, chopped garlic chopped ginger.
  • When there is no raw smell anymore, add the spices – cumin and coriander powder, red chilli
  • powder and salt. Cook till oil separates.
  • Now add diced tomatoes and cook till it becomes a part of the gravy.
  • Next, add beaten curd. If you have no curd, you may add fresh cream. Stir to mix well. Turn off heat.
  • Now place the fried brinjal roundels on a serving plate. With a spoon or ladle spread the gravy over the roundels covering them nicely.
  • Now garnish with finely chopped cilantro / coriander leaves, and serve with rice/ roti.


  1. Ever since this lockdown I have been blessed (cursed) with the responsibility of feeding home cook food to both my kid and my mom in laws…In every possible way it’s not at all an easy task for the person who feels tired everytime she steps in the kitchen other than fetching some glass of water.Moreover the persons concerned are VERY good as FOOD CRITICS..Besides repetition of menus is a big NO NO..And also have to provide them with good supply of veggies…”TASTY Veggies ” the word itself was treated as an OXYMORON before I tried this receipe….M LOVING IT…Becoz it’s easy to make coupled with veggies and it’s home made…And they are loving it becoz of its yummy TASTE…They remembered the TASTE even after yrs and asked me to do it again….I am thankful to my friend Soumosree for contributing to my secret of “happy tummy happy baby family” and to the chef of course….(BIG) THANK U..GOD BLESS.

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