Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baingan ka Bhartha (Roasted eggplant dish)

INGREDIENTS
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

METHOD
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!




6 comments:

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venus66 said...

Delicious! I should try this. Thank you.

Gita Madhu said...

Yes! I think it is mainly North Indian. I have tasted a Telugu version but not aware if Tamil got?

Ritu Bhanot said...

It's much different from the baingan ka bharta that we make at home.
BTW those of us who don't have a gas and are stuck with microwave, oven and hotplates... instead of grilling on direct fire (which is the best way) you can get more or less the same results by heating in an oven for 20 minutes (turn from time to time) or 10 minutes in microwave...

Subhadip Mukherjee said...

I love Baigan ka Bharta, especially the ones cooked over coal fire, the taste is even better than LPG fire.

Gita Madhu said...

Yes, indeed, Subhadipji! Alas, we can only make it on an LPG stove.