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Wambatu moju

Wambatu moju or brinjal pickle is a mouthwatering, vinegar-based pickle recipe classic to Srilankan cuisine. Enjoy this sweet and sour pickle with your meals or as a relish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
marinating the brinjal 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Pickles, Traditional
Cuisine gluten free, Srilankan, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • 1 wok
  • 1 frying pan


  • 4-6 small eggplants cut in wedges
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilli slit
  • 4-6 curry leaves
  • 1 red onion diced

For the sauce

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp unrefined sugar
  • salt to taste

To fry

  • 2 cups cooking oil


  • Wash pat dry and remove the stalks of the brinjal.
  • slice them into wedges and add to a mixing bowl.
    brinjal wedges for batu moju.
  • Sprinkle salt and turmeric and toss it well.
  • Set it aside for 10 minutes.
    marinating eggplants.
  • Dice the red onion and set it aside.
  • Set the frying pan ready and add the oil to heat up.
  • Squeeze the water out of the eggplant.
  • Deep fry this a few pieces at a time in the hot oil.
    brinjal frying.
  • Drain and set aside as the eggplant appears golden brown and crispy. Use a clean fresh bowl to place them.
  • Fry the diced onions likewise and add to the bowl.
  • Fry the green chillies and curryleaves and add to the bowl.
  • In a small bowl add the ingredients for the sauce and whisk well till the sugar and salt dissolves.
    batu moju marinade.
  • Taste test this to check the balance of flavours.
    wambatu moju sauce.
  • Now add this to the fried eggplants and mix well.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes for the pickle to absorb the flavours.
    Srilankan brinjal pickle
  • The brinjal pickle is now ready to serve
    brinjal pickle with tamarind and chillies.
Keyword Lunch recipes, warm salad, Winter warmers
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