Stuffed Brinjal/Eggplant Konkani Style (Gulla Sagle)

Stuffed Brinjal/Eggplant Konkani Style (Gulla Sagle)

Udupi matti gullas are a special type of brinjal that grows in & around Udupi regions of Karnataka. Udupi Brinjal or Gulla, Mattu Gulla or Matti Gulla are delicious, unique, green brinjals from a place called Matti near Udupi. They have centuries-old legacy and are believed to be one of the tastiest variety of brinjal. They are called gull in Konkani, gulla in kannada. Badanekayi is the text book name. You can read more about matti gulla here

These brinjals are used to make a variety of delicacies. Stuffed Brinjal (Gulla Sagley), Brinjal Fritters (Gulla Bajo), Brinjal shallow fries (Gulla Phodi), Brinjal Sambhar (Gulla Kolmbo), Brinjal Stir Fry (Thendle Gulla Mashinge Sanga Upakari), Smoked brinjals konkani style (Gulla Gojju).

The tiny, tender green brinjals are very tasty compared to the fully grown gulla, which tend to get bitter. These small matti gulla are used to prepare sagle. A spicy, sweet coconut masala(sauce) is stuffed in the brinjals and cooked. A great side dish that goes well with rice and dalithoy, jeere meere saar.

Sagle is a dish made using whole veggies. Saghle can also be made with okra/ladys finger. It's then called benda sagle. Sagle has coarsely ground sweet, spicy coconut masala with a vegetable in it.

Udupi matti gullas are best suited to make gulla sagle. However, you can also make gulla sagle using any other variety of brinjal. If they're bigger in size, then chop them into pieces and use them. 


4 brinjals 
1 teaspoon of urad dal
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
5-6 dried red chillies
3/4 cup grated coconut
1 lemon sized tamarind
1/2 teaspoon of powdered jaggery
Salt to taste 

For Seasoning:

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 dried red chili cut into pieces
1 teaspoon of urad dal
1 tablespoon of oil
Few curry leaves

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 30-35 minutes

Preparation Method:

Wash the brinjals, cut off the stem portion. Cut the brinjals as shown in the photo only upto 3/4th of the brinjal so as to stuff the masala through the slits and the brinjal remains intact due to a whole bottom.

Put the cut brinjal in water with a pinch of turmeric and salt and keep aside for 15-20 mins. This removes any bitterness that's present in the brinjals.

Meanwhile prepare the masala. 

Preparing the masala:

Heat a frying pan, add 1 tea spoon of urad dal, corrainder seeds and few drops of oil. Fry till the urad dal starts to brown. Then add 5 dried red chillies and saute for few minutes till the red chillies get fried. Put off the flame when you get the aroma of fried urad dal, coriander and red chillies. That's when the urad dal brown. Transfer them to a plate and let them cool.

Once they cool, grind them with coconut, jaggery, salt and tamarind into a coarse paste using as little water as possible. Keep it aside.


Heat a wok, add oil, mustard seeds.

When the mustards start popping, add urad dal, red chili pieces, curry leaves and fry until urad dal starts to brown. 

Meanwhile drain the water from the brinjal, stuff the ground masala into the brinjal through the cut slits.

P.S: The brinjal starts to oxidise, blacken on exposure to air, so keep them dipped in water.

Keep the stuffed brinjals in the pan, add little water and cook closed on small flame.

After few minutes, change sides. Be careful to allow some water content at the bottom of the pan or else they tend to stick and get burnt.

Repeat previous step until the brinjals are nicely cooked.

P.S: Do not add too much water as we need the sagle to be dry in the end. Lots of il and less water is used to cook the matti gulla.

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Tags: Brinjal, Spicy, Vegetarian, Sides, Lunch, Dinner, Matti gulla, Mattu gulla, Udupi gulla, Sagle, Eggplant, Side dish, Konkani recipe, Konkani dish, Konkani cuisine, Udupi cuisine, Mangalore food, Konkani food.