Baingan Bharta / Mashed Smoked Eggplant Curry

Baingan Bharta/ Baigan Bharta/ Baingan ka Bharta is one of the first North Indian recipes I had learnt. I could still remember those days when I first learnt to make this dish with the help of a cookbook bought from Landmark, Chennai. It was nearly seven years ago. Even after these many years, I am not bored of this dish and believe it or not, it has become a part and parcel of my cooking. I use to cook it at least once in a week. I prefer to eat this dish with rice rather than having it with chapathi. It also goes well with steamed rice. Try at your home and I'm sure you would go crazy.

The Hindi word Baingan Bharta means, "A dish prepared using mashed/pureed eggplant and spices"

Baingan/Baigan - Eggplant
Bharta - roughly mashed/pureed vegetable

In India, the eggplant is mostly roasted in tandoor oven. This type of roasting can now be done in several ways as it suits our modern lifestyle. Some households use gas stove for roasting while some use conventional oven or microwave. A point to remember is, "roasting the eggplant under the direct flame will give exactly the same result as roasted in tandoor". I don't have a gas stove hence I have used my microwave to mash the eggplant. The smoky flavor of eggplant would be absent in this method, but still the taste is good. Some folks would prepare this dish using raw ingredients just like a salad(but baingan has to be roasted), however I prefer the baingan with cooked ingredients as said below.


Basic Information:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2-3


Ingredients:

Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal - 1 no, large size
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2 nos, finely chopped
Onion - 1 no, large size, finely chopped
Tomato - 2 nos, medium size, finely chopped
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Garam masala - 1/8 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Water - 1/4 cup (Optional)

Method:

1) Wash and wipe the eggplant. Slightly coat it with oil.
2) Keep inside the microwave for 8 minutes.(If you have Gas stove, roast it directly over flame for few minutes turning all the sides). Meanwhile, chop onion and tomato.
3) After 8 minutes, Allow the eggplant to cool and peel the skin of it and roughly mash it well. Keep aside.
 
4) Heat oil in pan and add cumin seeds once it is hot.
5) When cumin seeds splutter, add ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Saute it for few minutes. Make sure not to burn the paste.
6) Add onion and saute till it becomes soft and translucent.
7) Add tomato and saute till it completely mashes.
8) Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and turmeric powder. Continue sauteing till the raw smell of masala goes off.
9) Add mashed eggplant (as said in step 3) and give a stir.
10) Add water if using. Mix well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Give a stir in between to avoid burning.
11) Now, open the lid and cook for 5 minutes or till the oil separated from the sides of the pan.
12) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with roti/chapthi or rice.


Note:
1) I like the gravy with less oil and hence added water. If you prefer, you can add extra oil and skip the step of adding water.

Linking this recipe to Dish it Out- Brinjal N Garlic event guest hosted by Sangee.

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36 comments:

My favorite veggie and favorite dish too :). Looks yummy Uma.

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Nice baingan ka bartha uma! Adding water will slightly change the taste,next time try it without adding water and roasting the egg plant in oven. :)

Just now saw the same recipe in Spicy treats, n now @ Ur experiments! Egg plants season pols irukku..intha week naan eggplant vangala,illa na naanum seythiruppen..haa..haa! :)

Nice recipe and lovely presentation,like to have it with rice rather than rotis.

Mouthwatering baigan bharta. Excellent presentation.

Deepa
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I love baingan bartha..u have reminded me to make some soon :)

Mouthwatering bhartha and very nice presentation!!

Enna Porutham Uma...can't believe we both posted same recipe in bit different way..,your recipe also sounds yummy n colorful...as always nice clicks n well presented!

Beautifully done, Uma...I almost make it the same way, I have also posted today, visit mine if u hv time...awesome presentation, dear

Thanks Uma for linking it to the event ...

Look so inviting n delicious curry...

My fav recipe.. looks absolutely inviting and perfect.. lovely presentation too.. awesome job dear !!
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Yummy recipe…will try it for sure..Thanks for posting

Aarthi
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I used to make Baingan ka bharta when living in Kolkata some six years ago, learned from a Bihari friend's mom. Your recipe brings back fond memories :)

U r always good in ur presentation

Super flavourful baingan bharta Uma, simply irresistible.

Lovely recipe....awqesome presentation....Itried the bread, it came out well, thanx 4 sharing

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this is a different method by microwaving, its so much simpler & mess-free.looks fab!

my fav kike in any form bharta is looking delicious

looks yum..stepwise pics are really useful

Luv the presentation and the pics..curry looks yummy

one of my fav dish,looks yumm..

Delicious looking bharta...

Excellent preparation..mouthwatering here

I love this dish and I am drooling over the pictures.

Lovely preparation...Looks yummy..Nice clicks..

very tempting and superb curry !! lovely clicks too !!

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°º♫ Olá!
°º✿ Passei para ver as receitas.
Gosto de berinjela e essa receita é tudo de bom!!!
º° ✿♥ ♫° ·. Boa semana!
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Very delicious n healthy preparation..love it!!


Erivum Puliyum

looks delicious... fabulous clicks..

Unique and tempting recipe. Looks yummy and delicious.

Luks so good and Awesome recipe Dear.Never tried this one.Can learn a lot from U.Thanks for the recipe .

one of my favorite eggplant dishes.. i hardly like eggplants any other way.. gorgeous clicks Uma!

Interesting Recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Interesting recipe, thanks for sharing.

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