Sunday, August 11, 2013

Baingan Ka Bharta (Mashed Eggplant with Indian spices)

Baingan Bharta is an most popular Indian dish, which is also delicious and quite healthy and  that is sure to stir up your taste buds. It is made by first roasting the eggplants until very soft. The charred skin is removed and cooked with Indian spices until thickened and richly flavored. It can be served with rotis / Indian bread or Rice.

  • 1 Big Eggplant (baingan / Brinjal)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped onions
  • 3 tablespoon grated radish
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger (adrak)
  • 2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chillies
  • 3 tablespoon chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon chopped spring onions greens
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (dhania) powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds (jeera) powder
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander (hara dhania)

1) Roast on a gas cook top by just placing the Eggplant / Baingan straight on the burner and keeping the flame on low setting. (You can grill eggplant in your oven grill or barbeque grill and also you can roast it in oven too)

2) Keep turning and cooking till all the skin on the Eggplant looks like black spotted and charred. Peel off and discard the charred skin.

3) Mash the eggplant roughly, in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

4) Heat the oil, add chopped onion and grated radish and sauté it till moisture almost dries up.

5) Then add grated ginger, chopped green chili, garlic, tomatoes and greens of spring onion and sauté again.

6) Now add Turmeric powder, Red chili powder, Garam masala, Coriander powder, Jeera Powder and sesame seeds and mix well.

7) When it starts to leave oil add mashed Baingan / Eggplant and salt and mix well.

8) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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