Recipe: Baingan Bharta

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 09:22 AM IST

Delicious baigan ka bharta is very easy to make. Try it out.

Ingredients:

Baingan or egg plant 1 (medium size)
Onions 1 (sliced)
Tomatoes 1 (chopped finely)
Ginger 1 inch piece (grated)
Green chillies 4 (chopped finely)
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder 1 tablespoon
Red chili powder 1 tablespoon
Hing or asfoetida 1 pinch
Coriander leaves (parsley) (chopped)
Bay leaf 1
Oil 1 tablespoon
Salt as per taste

Procedure:

Roast the whole eggplant on the flame of the gas stove. You can grill it in the microwave oven as well on the higher rack for about 5-7 minutes.

On the gas it will cook faster but keep the flame on sim and in both cases you have to change sides so that is cooks evenly.

When the eggplant has a charred look to it, remove it from the flame and keep it aside for cooling. As and when it cools, mash it into soft pulp with the back of a serving spoon.

Now heat oil in a pan and temper it with cumin seeds, hing (asfoetida) and bay leaf. Add the onions and saute them till they turn golden (in 2 minutes on low flame).

Add the ginger and green chillies and stir to mix well. Add the tomatoes last and sprinkle salt so that the tomatoes melt quickly. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.

Now transfer the mashed roasted eggplant to the pan and mix it up with the spices. Add all the powdered spices to it; mix, cover and cook for about 5 minutes stirring at regular intervals.

Serve Baigan bharta garnished with coriander leaves.