Thursday, 12 July 2012

Baingan Bharta

Baingan bharta is a super simple & delicious Punjabi dish which has lovely smokey flavour from the roasted eggplant. This lip smacking dish goes very well with roti and rice.

Ingredients - Serves 4
  • Large eggplant - 1 no
  • Chopped onion - 1 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes  - 1 cup
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup
  • Grated ginger - 1 tblsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves few
  • Oil - 2 tblsp
  • Salt to taste

  • Pre-heat the oven at 350 degree
  • Apply little oil evenly on the eggplant  and place it on the baking try - bake it for 45 minutes or until it is done
  • Once eggplant is done, take it out, let it cool a little and then peel off the skin (it will come off very easily)

  • Chop the flesh and keep aside
  • Heat rest of the oil in a pan and add cumin seeds when it pops add onions
  • Cook till the onions turn translucent
  • Now add  ginger and saute for a minute
  • Add tomatoes and cook till the oil separates from the mixture (don’t forget to keep stirring,  tomatoes tend to burn fast)
  • Add garam masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and mix well
  • Add eggplant cubes and mash it well
  • Add peas and required salt, mix and cover the pan and let it cook
  • Once it starts boiling , it is ready
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or rice
Tip - You can also use stove top / flame to roast the eggplant

Nutritional Information
  • Eggplant is very low in calories and fats but is rich in soluble fibre content
  • Purple eggplant has significant amount of antioxidants that help protect against ageing, cancer and inflammation
  • Per serving = 130 calories approximately


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