Baingan Bharta (Smoky Mashed Eggplant)
Baingan Bharta is a traditional dish made with grilled eggplants, onions, tomatoes, and species. It tastes super delicious with a unique smoky flavor that comes from grilling eggplants on direct fire. Serve it with roti, paratha, or rice. It also goes well with toasted bread, naan, or just as a side in a meal.
2 green chilies (slit)
4 cloves garlic
½ cup finely chopped onions or 1 medium-sized onion
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes or 2 medium-sized tomatoes
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic or 5 to 6 medium-sized garlic cloves
1-inch ginger finely chopped
½ teaspoon chopped green chiles
¼ teaspoon red chili powder
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
salt as required
Rinse the eggplant in water and wipe dry with a kitchen napkin.
Make 4 slits in each eggplant and stuff the slits with the green chili and garlic cloves.
Start by roasting the eggplants on an open flame. Keep turning it to all the other sides and grill until it is done completely roasted.
Once done, check by inserting a fork into the eggplant. It should go in smoothly and easily means it is soft and cooked well.
Cool the eggplant completely and peel the skin from the roasted eggplant and chop the eggplant finely or mash it.
How to make Baingan Bharta:
In a Kadai or frying pan, heat oil. Then add finely chopped onions, chopped ginger, and garlic.
Saute the onions till they soften and are translucent.Add chopped green chilies and chopped tomatoes. Mix well.
Saute the tomatoes till the tomatoes should become pulpy, soft and oil should release from the masala mixture.
Now add the red chili powder along with salt. Stir and mix again.
Add mashed eggplant, stir and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Finally, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve baingan bharta withphulka, roti or chapati.
- For extra spice in the dish, you can use more green chilies. Adding more red chili powder will alter the flavor of the bharta.
- After grilling the eggplants if you find seeds inside, just scoop them out and discard them.
- For more authentic flavors and taste, grill eggplants on red hot coal.