Baingan Bharta

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Baingan BhartaBaingan Bharta: Baingan bharta or Baingan ka bhurtha is a South Asian dish bearing a resemblance to baba ghanoush. Baingan bharta is a part of the national cuisines of both India and Pakistan.
It is primarily a vegetarian dish that comprises bhurtha (minced vegetables) made from eggplant (baingan) which is grilled over charcoal or direct fire, to infuse the dish with a smoky flavour. The smoked eggplant is mashed with fresh cilantro (coriander leaves), chili pepper, onion and mustard oil. Traditionally, the dish is often eaten with an Indian flatbread (specifically roti or paratha) and is also served with rice and/or raita, a yogurt salad.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mustard oil
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt, to taste

For Garnishing:

  • Green chilli, chopped
  • Green coriander leaves, chopped

Method:

  • Put the eggplants over red hot charcoal fire or on gas flame to roast.
  • Roast the eggplant on simmer till the skin turns black and the eggplant is cooked through.
  • Remove the black skin of the eggplant, while it is hot.
  • Mash the eggplant or blend it in a mixer/blender.
  • Heat the mustard oil in a pan.
  • Heat till the smoke comes out of the oil (it removes the raw smell from the oil).
  • Add the finely chopped onions to the oil.
  • Fry the onions till transparent.
  • Add in the ginger-garlic paste.
  • Cook for 15-20 seconds.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes.
  • Stir till the oil separates.
  • Add in the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Stir for about 10 seconds.
  • Add in the mashed egg plant.
  • Stir well.
  • Stir in the garam masala powder.
  • Allow the mix to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baingan bharta from heat.
  • Garnish it with chopped green chillies and chopped green coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot baingan bharta with chappati.

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