Baingan Ka Bharta (seasoned roast eggplant)

Growing up, I always enjoyed Baingan ka Bharta. Truly, it is one of my favorite dish. Baingan ka Bharta is roasted eggplant fried with spices. My mom prepares Baingan ka Bhurta in North Indian style and so am I....



Ingredients:
  • 2 Eggplants(Brinjals)
  • 1 large Onion (chopped)
  • 1 large Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Green peas
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3-4 chopped Green chilies
  • 1 tsp whole Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander-Cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili powder
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:
  1. Wash the brinjal and wipe it, apply some oil all over the brinjal with your hands or brush and roast it on an open fire (medium flame), till you see the wrinkles on the outer skin of the brinjal and the it looks soft. {You can even bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30minutes}
  2. Let it cool and later remove the skin of the brinjal carefully and keep the pulp part aside.
  3. Mash the pulp nicely with a potato masher and add little salt.
  4. Heat oil in Kadai/Frying pan. Add the chopped onions & garlic. Saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add peas and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the dry spices, i.e, coriander-cumin powder and red chili powder and the chopped tomatoes. Again saute for 3-4 minutes.
  7. As soon as the tomatoes are done, add the brinjal pulp.
  8. Mix it well with the masala.
  9. Once it is done, garnish it with finely chopped coriander and serve with little lime juice on it.
  10. It tastes great with puris or chapaties.
Good chefs always taste their Recipe.....Go Ahead....And say Wow.

Anshu Bhatnagar

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