Sunday, September 13, 2009

Terong Balado (Stirfried Brinjal In Chilli Sauce)

Terong Balado is a very popular Indonesian dish. It is basically Brinjal in Balado sauce. As you know, Brinjal is also known as Eggplant or Aubergine, depending on where you live. This recipe is one of my favourite stirfry dishes because it is fast, easy and delicious!


- 1 large brinjal, cut into short, thick strips (or into circles, if the brinjal is round)
- 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 or 3 shallots
- 2 fresh red chilli, deseeded
- 1 or 2 fresh juicy tomatoes, diced
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Small amount of water, if too dry

1. Pound garlic, shallots and chilli into a coarse paste. Add diced tomatoes and mix. Set aside.

2. Fry brinjal in oil till the the flesh turns light golden. Dish up and drain off excess oil. Set aside.

3. With a small amount of oil, fry the paste till fragrant. There should be some liquid from the tomatoes. If too dry, add a little water.

4. Toss in the brinjal, add salt and sugar, and quickly stir fry all the ingredients.

5. Dish up and garnish. I used crispy fried shallots for some crunch. Serve hot.


  1. I love all the recipes with eggplant (aubergine in french!) I'll try yours. Thank you sharing!

  2. Oh no I just lost my post:(

    I wanted to say I was happy I learned a new word for a favored vegetable of mine also..
    And that everything you make is unique and so flavorful..
    I can often taste it from afar..even if a lot of it is new to me.
    World Cuisine:) I watched the latest "Goop" video with Gwenyth Paltrow and they used Kimchee..I immediately thought of you..I must make some..She made Bibimbop and it looked quite out of this world.:)

    Do you know of it?

    So thank you for all these creative new dishes for me.

  3. Adoro le melanzane , ecco una variante da provare.
    Ciao Daniela.

  4. I love eggplant, I love spicy, and I think I'll love this...can't wait to try it!



  5. Hi ! Nice vegetarian recipe ! I am never good with eggplant, thanks for the recipe.

  6. Ciao sento che da poco hai iniziato ad aprrezzare le melanzane, e ne sono felice, io avevo lo stesso problema con l'insalata ora non posso piu' farne a meno.
    Un abbraccio Daniela.

  7. Eggplant is one of my favourite vegie (or fruit??) ..along with bitter melon!! The recipe looks great ...and very simple too. I'll try it out! It'll be one of my once in a while cooking ventures! : )

  8. oo yum! I love spicy eggplant! I've never heard of balado though, but it sounds delicious! Give me some with rice pls!

  9. wow wow .... Love these eggplant sticks...can't believe with so few ingredients such a wonderful dish could be created!

    Really love your photography.
    Angie's Recipes

  10. Dominique: Merci! You have a lovely blog!

    Cucinista: You really do love your eggplants, doncha? ;)

    Monique: I am so flattered and touched you actually thought of me during the show.

    Daniela: Mille grazie!

    Diane: :) Good!

    NyonyaChef: Yes, I love that it is a vegetarian recipe!

    Alice: Haha, no idea whether a veg or fruit! I just know it's delish! :)

    pigpigscorner: Yes! Some rice!

    Angie: Thank you! Coming from you, it's a huge compliment! :)

  11. I think it's quite challenging to cook brinjal well but u pull it off beautifully :D

  12. Hiiiiii! I want to tell you that I made this dish yesterday and it's really good. :-)
    I used cherry tomatoes and dried chillies instead of the fresh ones, because that's all I had at home yesterday and supermarkets here in Germany were all closed on Sunday.
    I will definitely make it again. Thanks, my dear!

  13. noobcook: Thanks, girl! :)

    Angie: I am glad you tried this and liked it! *HAPPY*