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Brinji Rice

Brinji_Rice_1 Brinji Rice (also called as Brinj) is a type of fried rice available in most of the hotels in Tamil Nadu. My MIL used to cook this very well and I have followed her recipe in this dish. Bay leaf is called ‘Brinji Elai’ in Tamil. I think, as the dish uses bay leaf as the main flavoring item, it is called Brinji Rice. To prepare this dish, I used ordinary raw rice and for seasoning I used vanaspati (traditionally called as ‘dalda’). As this dish needs more oil, it can be cooked once in a while.

Serves: 6 to 8

Cooking time: 30 minutes approximately


  • Rice – 4 cups
  • Brinjal (eggplant) – 2 no
  • Onion – 2 no
  • Tomato – 2 no
  • Potato – 2 no
  • Carrot – 1 no
  • Ginger – 2 inch long piece
  • Garlic – 8 to 10 cloves
  • Green chilli – 6 to 8 no
  • Lemon – ½ piece
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For Seasoning
    • Cinnamon stick – 1½ inch long
    • Cloves – 4 no
    • Bay leaf – 2 to 3 no
    • Dalda/vanaspati/ghee/oil – 50 gm



  • Soak rice for 20 to 30 minutes; finely chop all vegetables.


  • In a pressure cooker, take vanaspati and heat; add seasonings, fry well; add chopped garlic, green chilli, ginger and fry for few seconds; add onion, fry till transparent then add tomato and fry till soft; add turmeric powder mix well; add other cut vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.

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  • Add soaked rice after draining, fry gently all together for 3 to 4 minutes in low flame; add salt, 8 cups of water (2 cups water for one cup rice), lemon juice and mix well; close the pressure cooker with the lid and when steam comes out continuously, put the weight and keep in low flame for 5 minutes or one whistle; allow it to cool, then open and stir gently.

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  • Aromatic Brinji Rice is ready. Serve with any kurma, pachadi and papad. I prepared soya chunk kurma with this.



  • This can be prepared in a pan also.
  • Soaking rice prior to cooking, helps to save fuel and time.

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • Priya October 29, 2009, 3:10 am

    My mom prepare this rice very often as sundays special, such a delicious and yummy dish..

  • Rohini October 29, 2009, 6:14 pm

    Slurp!!! Looks absolutely delicious!

  • rekha November 4, 2009, 4:54 pm

    never heard of this rice dish, will surely try it.

  • benzy June 20, 2010, 1:31 pm

    tried for the first time, excellent..

  • laksha July 7, 2010, 11:48 am

    is brinjal essential for this rice?is adding brinjal usuall in this or its choice of u? just want to know, gonna prepare today as ur method.looks yummy!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kamala July 7, 2010, 12:52 pm

    @ Laksha
    Yes. I always prepare with brinjal. Vanaspati/dalda is also necessary to get the right taste.

  • Rohini varman September 7, 2010, 3:12 pm

    hi aunty this is ramiya’s frd!!!!tried the above dish for first time and I got it excellent:)

  • Dr Mythili Ramanathan May 4, 2011, 9:45 pm

    great i really really like your site with the very nice recipes above all easy to make and nice to follow !! do pl givce in some more savory recipes, mysorepak and veg briyani this rice sure is great like always

  • Mrs.Ram November 15, 2011, 3:14 am

    I find this site very useful.. I tried so many items. Didn’t get a chance to say thank u.. Today i will… Thank u Thank u

  • divya February 27, 2012, 6:34 pm

    It is very nice

  • Diya March 25, 2013, 5:48 pm


    you use rice:water ratio as 1:1.5 (1 1/2) in peas rice and so, but in this your ratio is 1:2 with the same time for 5 mins in low. so which to follow

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