Baigan Bharta

A smoked eggplant is mashed and sauteed with mustard seeds, onion, tomatoes, various spices and oil and garnished with fresh coriander leaves. Fire roasting the vegetable yields a rich, smoky flavor.
3 firm medium Italian Eggplants or large Eggplants
3 large Onions
2 Green Peppers
2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
1 small can Tomato sauce
2 Jalapenos
2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Cumin-coriander powder
1 tsp Amchur

Smear oil or spray PAM on the eggplant, spread an aluminium foil on a baking tray and BROIL in the oven at 350 degrees on HIGH for 45 minutes. Don't forget to make incisions on the eggplant with knife on all side to prevent the vegetable from exploding on high heat. This is easier when working on more than one eggplant.

Or roast the eggplants over a flame, a gas burner or directly on an electric element, turning frequently, until they are thoroughly charred and soft throughout. You will get that smoky undertone you can't get from baking the eggplants. Immerse in cold water for a few minutes, remove and discard the skin and mash the soft flesh to a smooth paste.

Take 4 tsp of oil in a large non stick vessel. Add mustard seeds and jeera then add chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, chopped jalapenos. Cook till the onions are translucent and then add cut peppers (green peas can also be added) continue cooking, stirring frequently, add turmeric, garam masala, cumin-coriander powder, amchur, salt, tomato sauce and cook for a few minutes. Now add the smoked egg plant and mix well, slit tomatoes or cut in half and add to the gravy. Gently mix, the heat in the pot will cook the tomatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add butter or oil according to taste.

Turn the flame to medium/low and cook till the oil separates and meld its flavors.

Garnish with coriander and serve with rice or roti or as a spread on bread.


s said...

i love this dish..sadly my husband does not...but maybe i will make it and gobble it all on my own!!!great recipe

Uma. said...

Thankx S. I have a cousin who HATES brinjal, wonder if they realize what they are missing! Thankx for stopping by.