Indian

Baigan Ka Bharta


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Baigan ka bharta is one of the main North Indian dishes, known from Punjabi cuisine, extremely delicious. Its made with roasted & mashed eggplants (baigan) cooked with onion & tomato & dry spices.

If it is roasted on an open flame then a smoky flavor and aroma becomes a part of this recipe but if oven roasted then this smoky effect is missing.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                Total Time                    Yields

25 mins                    20 mins                     45 mins                     3-4 Serving

Ingredients:

Eggplants (baigan) Big – 900 grams

Onion – 2 large (finely chopped)

Ginger – 1 inch piece (grated)

Tomato – 3 large (pureed)

Green coriander – ¼ cup (finely chopped)

Peas – ½ cup (boiled in salt water)

Green chili – 1 (finely chopped)

Salt per taste

Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Coriander powder – ¼ teaspoon

Garam masala – ¼ teaspoon

Butter – 2 teaspoon

Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil – 2 tablespoon

Instructions:

  • Wash, dry & oil the outside surface of eggplants with oil and roast on open stove flame or in a pre-heated oven.
  • When the skin burns and browns & eggplants become soft from inside (prick with a fork or knife or any needle & check), then take off heat. Now immediately put in a pan with water and peel them. After peeling, eggplants need to be mashed with fork or masher into a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in wok and first add cumin seeds, when they splitter, add onion, ginger, green chili & fry till onion start getting brown for 7-8 minutes.
  • Now add tomato puree and dry spices – salt and coriander powder and fry till oil separates from masala, now add mashed eggplants with boiled peas and fry together for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Now add garam masala powder and chili powder along with green coriander. Fry for another 5-6 minutes till its ready.

Note: Serve hot with a blob of butter, goes well with chapatti, naan, roti or even rice. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

Picture courtesy: http://www.punjabifoodrecipesdishes.blogspot.com

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