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Punjabi Baingan Bharta - Punjabi Style Eggplant

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Punjabi Baingan Bharta - Punjabi Style Eggplant
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Punjabi Baingan Bharta is just one of the several versions of Eggplant Bharta there are in Indian cooking. The word 'Bharta' (pronounced BHURR-taah) refers to dishes in which the ingredients are roughly mashed either before or after the dish is prepared. Bhartas are largely North Indian in origin and made from all sorts of vegetables. This version of Baingan Ka Bharta is also really easy to make. Serve it with hot Chapatis and your favorite Daal dish. This recipe serves 4, as a side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-sized eggplants (roughly 500gms/ 1 pound)
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ sunflower/ canola cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste or garlic chopped very fine
  • 1" piece of ginger grated fine
  • 2 green chillies (optional but they give the Bharta a nice kick!)
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (see link below for recipe to make your own)
  • 2 tbsps finely chopped fresh green coriander

Preparation:

Baingan Ka Bharta requires that the eggplant be roasted. This can be done in several different ways:
  • Roast on a gas cooktop by just placing the eggplant straight on the burner and keeping the flame on low setting. Keep turning and cooking till all the skin on the eggplant is charred and the inner flesh looks really soft. A good sign to watch for is that the eggplant seems to 'cave in' on itself!
  • Grill in your oven grill or on your barbecue grill. Again, keep turning periodically till all the skin on the eggplant is charred and the inner flesh looks really soft.
  • 'Roast' in your oven till all the skin on the eggplant is charred and the inner flesh looks really soft.

Once the eggplant is roasted, allow to cool fully and then peel off and discard the charred skin. Once cool, coarsely mash and keep aside for later use.

  • Now set up a pan on medium heat and add the cooking oil. When hot, add the cumin seeds and cook till the spluttering stops.
  • Add the onions and fry till soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and the ginger and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato and all the powdered spices, including the garam masala. Stir well and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often to prevent the spice mix from sticking to the pan. Sprinkle a little water if needed.
  • Now add the eggplant and mix well. Add the chopped fresh coriander and stir. Cook another minute and turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot with Chapatis or Rice and your favorite Daal dish.
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 4 out of 5
Great, with some modifications!, Member Vegan4Life77

Definitely add the two green chiles. I ended up using 3 'indian' (longer, slimmer, light purple) eggplants as well as three medium dark purple eggplants. I used two med-large tomatoes but added a few tablespoons of tomato sauce as well. I added slightly more garam masala and ran the whole thing through a food processor at the end to get a smoother texture. Very spicy and delicious and quite reminiscent of a recent Indian takeout Eggplant Bhartha. Try this recipe, but make sure you have enough eggplant! I roasted mine in the oven but I wish I had a more authentic way to cook it!

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