Baingan bharta recipe – Smoky spiced mashed eggplant

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Baingan Bharta – smoky and spicy mashed eggplant – is one of my favorite Indian style eggplant recipe. Roasted eggplant cooked in onion and tomato sauce and seasoned with aromatic Indian spices.

Roasting the eggplant on charcoal, in the oven or directly over the flame on a gas stove like I did, gives this dish an amazing smoky flavor.

Baingan means eggplant and bharta means mashed up, so this dish basically means mashed up eggplant. It goes well with flat bread or rice, as a side dish or as your main meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Other eggplant recipes you may like:

Eggplant and spinach coconut curry

Eggplant pakora (Indian eggplant gluten free fritters)

Crispy fried eggplant Bengali style 

Eggplant, potatoes and green peas curry recipe – Aloo Baingan Matar ki sabji

Aloo Baingan Recipe – Curried eggplant and potato recipe

Step by step Baingan bharta recipe – Smoky spiced mashed eggplant 

Start by roasting the eggplants on an open flame or in the oven, until cooked/soft. Remove the aubergines and immerse them in a bowl of water to cool down.

Peel the skin from the roasted and smoked eggplant and chop the eggplant finely or mash it.

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Heat some oil into a deep frying pan. Add cumin seeds and fry few seconds, until they start to sizzle. Add chopped onions and green chilies. Fry until onion changes color to golden brown.

Add ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.

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Bring in the tomatoes, stir and cook until tomatoes get mushy and oil starts to separate. Put all powder spices and salt, mix and cook for another minute.

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Add mashed eggplant, stir and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring from time to time.

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Turn off the heat and squeeze some lemon/lime juice. Mix well. Add coriander/cilantro leaves, mix and serve warm.

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Baingan bharta recipe - Smoky spiced mashed eggplant
 
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Serves: 2-3
What you need
  • 2 large eggplants;
  • 2 onions, chopped;
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped;
  • 2 green chilies, chopped;
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger or ginger paste;
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic or garlic paste;
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds;
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder;
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder;
  • 1 tsp cumin powder;
  • ½ - 1 tsp red chilli powder (more or less, as per taste);
  • 1 tbsp garam masala;
  • 3-4 tbsp oil;
  • ½ tsp salt (more or less, as per taste);
  • lemon/lime juice;
  • few fresh coriander/cilantro leaves.
Method
  1. Start by roasting the eggplants on an open flame or in the oven, until cooked/soft. Remove the aubergines and immerse them in a bowl of water to cool down.
  2. Peel the skin from the roasted and smoked eggplant and chop the eggplant finely or mash it.
  3. Heat some oil into a deep frying pan. Add cumin seeds and fry few seconds, until they start to sizzle. Add chopped onions and green chilies. Fry until onion changes color to golden brown. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.
  4. Bring in the tomatoes, stir and cook until tomatoes get mushy and oil starts to separate. Put all powder spices and salt, mix and cook for another minute.
  5. Add mashed eggplant, stir and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  6. Turn off the heat and squeeze some lemon/lime juice. Mix well. Add coriander/cilantro leaves, mix and serve warm.

 

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