Sri Lankan Eggplant Pickle (Wambatu Moju)

June 20, 2012 | 31 Comments

"One of the most celebrated classic Sri Lankan dish. There are few regional variations of cooking methods for this lovely side dish, rest assured non of them will disappoint your taste buds. Locals calls this vegetable as "wambatu" & it's also known as eggplant, brinjal eggplant, aubergine & melongene."

Prep Time

45 Min

Cook Time

5 Min

Ready In

50 Min







Sri Lankan Eggplant Pickle (Wambatu Moju)

Full Video (How To Make Sri Lankan Eggplant Pickle / Wambatu Moju)

Total Servings


  • 1 Pounds Eggplant

    • 100 Millilitre Oil

      • 10 Medium Shallots (small red onions)

        • 10 Green Chillies

          • 2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds

            • 8 Teaspoon Vinegar

              • 1 Teaspoon Salt (to taste)

                • 1 Tablespoon chilli powder

                  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar

                    • 1/2 Tablespoon Turmeric powder


Step 1
Soak the mustard seeds in a bowl with vinegar for about 30 minutes.
Step 2
Mean while wash the eggplants and slice the eggplant (into any shape you like).
Step 3
In a bowl mix turmeric and salt with eggplants.
Step 4
Deep fry in cooking oil for 5 minutes while turning sides occasionally.
Step 5
Remove the eggplants put into a bowl. Let it cool 15 minutes.
Step 6
Slice the red onions by cut into half
Step 7
Cut the green chillies in length wise
Step 8
Grind the soaked mustard seeds into a fine paste.
Step 9
Add onion, green chillies, sugar, chilli powder & gently mix all the ingredients together. Finally add the mustard paste & again gently mix all together until combine.
Step 10
Cover up in a bowl until serve. This pickle keeps well for a week or two in the refrigerator.

Comments (31)

  1. Delanthie Silva says:

    Thank You very much. It is a Fantastic recipe.

  2. udayanayaka says:

    Looks easy. Will try this soon.

  3. diana says:

    A lovely recipe. Thanks so much.

  4. mala kubukgaha says:

    Mouthwatering. Can’t wait to try this.

  5. kapuge says:

    Thank you! egg plant pickle looks amazing; I’m looking forward to making this.

  6. mila says:

    Looks absolutely mouthwatering

  7. pavan says:

    This look delicious. will make this soon.

  8. hj says:

    Egg plant pickle look delicious .. will try out and let you know….

  9. neelam says:

    This is new to me but looks delicious and tempting. Nice blog

  10. subashi says:

    Made this tonight and tasted absolutely amazing! Whole family loved it. Will definitely make it again.

  11. dh says:

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. omaya says:

    Made this yesterday, what a hit it was. This recipe was delicious.

  13. mala samaradevakara says:

    Look delicious… my mom used to cook this too.

  14. roma says:

    I loved this recipe!!

  15. bandu says:

    Wow this was fabulous.

  16. shalu paba says:

    This was pretty good

  17. nirosha pathirana says:

    This is one of my favorite recipes. Really tasty.

  18. flk says:

    What a wonderful way to use eggplants! The recipe is easy and delicious.

  19. nelu says:

    Very good, would definitely make again.

  20. manusha kumari says:

    Excellent eggplant recipe, I used brown sugar instead white sugar and was great! lovely side dish.

  21. anod says:

    This is pretty simple to make and it was delicious.

  22. Hansi madumali says:

    Mmmmm wambatu moju look realy delicious.

  23. jiyo says:

    I never tried eggplant pickle before. Sound delicious and will make this soon.

  24. lanka says:

    Nice wambatu moju.

  25. pl says:

    This is delicious!

  26. minu mihiripanna says:

    Wow wambatu moju looks delicious and tempting

  27. neela dasanayaka says:

    I’ve made this twice now, and I think it’s quickly becoming a favorite.

  28. kumari says:

    This was so very good

  29. punam says:

    Eggplant pickle look delicious.

  30. dinu says:

    This was good and easy to make.

  31. Perera says:

    Nice & tasty pickle good with rice for a special occasion. In Sri Lanka, this dish known as wambatu moju(Eggplant Pickle).

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