Baingan Bharta is an easy Punjabi side dish made with big purple brinjals. Roasting the whole baingan on an open gas flame or a charcoal fire gives the dish a smoky flavour. You can also use the oven to roast the brinjals. Baingan bharta goes well as a side dish with paratha, roti, puri or with rasam or sambhar rice.
EASY BAINGAN BHARTA RECIPE
PREP TIME:20Mins; COOKING TIME:10Mins; TOTAL TIME :30Mins;SERVINGS :2 to 3
- 1 large purple brinjal (eggplant or aubergine)
- ½ cup onion, (finely chopped or 1 medium sized onion)
- 1 cup tomatoes, (finely chopped or 2 medium sized tomatoes)
- 5 medium garlic cloves finely chopped
- pinch of turmeric
- 1 green chili finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 to 1.5 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon coriander leaves
- salt as required
- Roasting Baingan to make Baingan Bharta Recipe:
- Rinse the baingan (eggplant or aubergine) in water. Pat dry with a kitchen napkin.
- Make a few slits on the baingan with a knife and insert the garlic pods in the baingan or brinjal.
- Apply some oil all over and pierce a skewer in the back before keeping it for roasting on an open flame. You can also grill the baingan or roast in the oven. But then you won’t get the smoky flavor of the baingan. Keep the eggplant turning after a 2 to 3 minutes on the flame, so that its evenly cooked.
- Roast the baingan till its completely cooked and tender. With a knife check the doneness. The inside flesh should be soft.
- Remove the baingan and immerse in a bowl of water till it cools down.
- Peel the skin from the roasted and smoked eggplant.
- Chop the cooked eggplant finely or you can even mash it.
- Making Baingan ka Bharta Recipe:
- In a kadai or pan, heat oil. Then add finely chopped onions and garlic.
- Saute the onions till translucent. Don’t brown them.
- Add chopped green chilies and saute for a minute.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and mix it well.
- Saute the tomatoes till the oil starts separating from the mixture.
- Now add the red chili powder. Stir and mix well.
- Add the chopped cooked baingan or brinjal.
- Stir and mix the chopped baingan very well with the onion-tomato masala mixture.
- Season with salt. Stir and saute for 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Finally stir in the coriander leaves with the baingan bharta. Serve Baingan Bharta with phulkas, rotis or chapatis, puris or Mangalore buns. It goes well even with bread, toasted or grilled bread and plain rice or jeera rice.