Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gulla Bajji (Green Brinjal Side dish)

Gulla Bajji is a simple Konkani dish. In Konkani, goola means green brinjal. I got this recipe from my mother.
Green brinjals are abundantly available in the place I grew up. Hence my mother used to make this often. I used to help her in making it, as it is a very easy recipe. Try making this simple dish, if you get a chance to lay your hands on Green brinjal.

  • Green brinjal/ Thai Egg plant, small sized- 4
  • Grated coconut, Fresh/ Frozen- 1-2 tsp
  • Green chilli- 1
  • Asafoetida- A pinch
  • Tamarind pulp- 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro (coriander leaves)- 2-3 sprigs
  • Coconut oil- 1/2- 1 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Wash the green brinjals. The brinjals I used were very small. Hence I used four of them (if its big then use only one).

Then remove the stalk and cut each into 4 pieces (If the brinjal is big, then cut them into 8-12 pieces).

Then cook the chopped brinjal in a open pot with sufficient water and salt.

As it cooks, the brinjal looses it bright green color. When the brinjals pieces look soft, turn off the heat. This might take around 10- 15 minutes.

Allow the brinjal pieces to get warm. Then transfer the brinjal pieces to a mixing bowl (leaving the water behind. Don't discard it).
Now start smashing it using your hands. Once done add chopped cilantro, chopped green chillis, tamarind pulp, grated coconut and asafoetida.

Mix well. Add little water (in which the brinjals were cooked) to get desired consistency. I made it medium thick. Add more salt, if required. Then finally add the coconut oil and give a final mix. Gulla Bajji is ready!!

Serve it as a side dish to rice. Above measurement serves two people.

Note: You can also add 1-2 Tbsp of chopped onion. This adds a nice crunch to the dish.


  1. Hi, I was searching for Udipi brinjal and stumbled into your blog.

    I liked the authentic Hindu konkani recipes, and went through most of them.

    You have taken pains to write in detail and also illustrate them with excellent photographs.

    Thanks for sharing .

    My fav. was Gashi.:-)

  2. Thank you so much for those encouraging words, Pattu Raj :-) Glad you liked my blog. Do try making them and let me know how it turned out.

  3. Thanks so much. I'm in the US and my mom isn't awake yet. I'm so happy to find authentic konkani recipes. Your beans sukke is another favorite of mine. :)

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