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Wambatu moju / moju

This is a very quick delicious Srilankan pickle or relish made with brinjals,
Course Pickle
Cuisine Srilankan
Keyword batu moju, Moju recipe, Srilankan brinjal pickle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Hema Magesh


To deep fry

  • 4 long-sized purple brinjals (150g )
  • a handful of pearl onions/shallots(25 g)
  • 5-6 nos green chillies
  • oil for deep frying as needed

To roast and powder

  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch methi / fenugreek seeds
  • a few curry leaves
  • a pinch hing/ asafoetida

To temper

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1" piece ginger
  • 3 tbsp coconut vinegar
  • ½ tsp chilly powder (or as needed)
  • ½ tsp sugar (or as needed)
  • salt as needed
  • a pinch of turmeric powder


  • Wash the brinjals, cut them into longitudinal 2" strips, and keep them immersed in water. Peel the onions and slit the green chillies. Crush the ginger and garlic and keep them aside.
    Wambatu moju prep step 1
  • Heat up oil in a frying pan and fry the brinjals in batches till they become golden brown.
  • Next fry the onions and chillies. Drain all of these in a paper towel.
  • Dry fry the items given under 'to roast and powder'. Powder them coarsely with the hing in a motor and pestle.
  • In an earthenware pot, heat up 1 tbsp of oil and fry the crushed ginger and garlic. Add the sugar, salt, chilly powder, and turmeric and give it a mix. Then add the vinegar and mix well.
    batu moju prep step 5
  • Taste test and add the fried brinjals, onion, and green chillies. Saute to coat the mix onto the vegetables. Turn off flame when it dries up completely.
  • Serve with rice, hoppers or flatbreads. It tastes best from the next day.
    batu moju prep step 7