Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baingan ka Bhartha (Roasted eggplant dish)

1 round eggplant
2 medium sized onions
1 small tomato or half a large one
Green chillies to taste

A couple of cloves of garlic

Half the amount of fresh ginger
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 Tsp cumin seeds
1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
1 Tsp or less red chili powder
Salt to taste (Start with about 1/2 a teaspoon)
A small bunch of fresh coriander leaves

Take one medium eggplant and rub oil all over the skin. Roast it.

Dunk it in water 
to remove the burnt skin.
Finely chop onions.
Chop the tomato, ginger, garlic, green chillies 
and coriander leaves.
Heat about one tablespoon of oil in a pan
Splutter some cumin seeds. 
Add the onions and saute till translucent. 
Add the tomato, ginger, garlic... 
Add the green chillies and the turmeric and red chilli powder
Add the roasted and peeled eggplant. 
Mix well and cook for a second or two, mashing the eggplant well with the ladle.
Garnish with the fresh coriander leaves.
Serving suggestions:
With hot rice, chapatis, bread... My son used it to make a turkey breast sandwich!