Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baigan Bharta - Punjabi Baingan Bharta - Oven Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Baingan Bharta (Spicy Smoked Eggplant) is a North Indian recipe made using roasted and mashed eggplant that is cooked with onion, tomato, ginger and Indian spices. Traditionally the eggplant is roasted over charcoal or direct fire to give it a smoky flavor. But you can also grill the eggplant in an oven like I did for this recipe. Its much neater and clean process that way. This dish can be served with Roti/Chapati/Naan or any Indian bread of your choice. 


You will find various versions of this recipe as the preparation style tends to differ from region to region in India. Like the this recipe am sharing with you today is a Punjabi recipe that calls for onion tomato, ginger, garlic, green chillies and spices where as the Maharashtrian version my grandma made was without the use of tomato and with very little spices. Will share that recipe too someday. So stay tuned!

Now to the recipe....




Ingredients
1 large eggplant
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
2-3 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
2 tbsp of finely chopped ginger
1-2 garlic cloves finely chopped 
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera) (optional)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 to 1 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder (optional)
1/2 tsp garam masala (or to taste)
4-5 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
1-2 tbsp of oil
salt to taste

Method: 
Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Mean while line the baking tray with aluminium foil and apply a thin coat of oil on the eggplant  Make thin slits in the eggplant using a knife. This will help it to cook faster. Once the oven is heated to 400F, place the tray with eggplant in the oven and let it cook (rotating the eggplant every 15 minutes for even cooking) for about 1 hr or till properly cooked. Now broil the eggplant on high for about 10-12 mins turning the eggplant after 2-3 mins to provide uniform heat to all sides. Remove the tray out of the oven and allow time to cool. Once the eggplant is cool enough to handle peel the skin off and then either with your hands or spoon mash the eggplant. Keep this aside.


In a vessel heat some oil and once hot add the cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering add the onions and saute till they turn light golden brown. now add the ginger and green chillies and saute for 5 more mins. Now add the tomatoes and salt and mix. 


When the tomatoes turn soft add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, amchur and coriander powder and mix well. Saute till this mixture starts leaving oil from the sides. Now add the mashed eggplant and mix well. Finally add the garam masala and coriander leaves 

Notes: 
  • I've used the oven to roast my eggplant but you could also roast it directly over fire or your grill. 
  • To give it a more smoky flavor, I have broiled the eggplant after baking it. however this step is optional.
  • If your tomatoes are sour in taste, feel free to omit the dry mango (amchur) powder. 
  • Adjust the ginger and green chillies to taste if you like it more/less hot (spicy). 
  • Adding garlic is optional for this recipe





That's it our Punjabi Baigan Bharta is ready. Serve it hot with Roti/naan/chapati or and Indian bread of your choice. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!
Shweta



11 comments:

  1. yummy...tempting dish...really nice

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  2. Wow you have explained it so well.. Loved the baigan bhartha

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  3. One of my favourite side :) looks so inviting too makes me hungry

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  4. i love brinjal dish....this looks so tasty and yummy

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  5. how do we broil in oven? i have onida convection and therte is no broil option displayed over it

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    1. Hi Raman, if your convection oven doesnt have a broil option you can simply bake/grill till the brinjal is thoroughly cooked and skip the broiling part. I usually broil the brinjal to give that gas stove roasting/charring effect. Would love to hear how it turned out :)

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  6. Hello, if we are misssing the amchur powder could we replace it by lemon juce ?

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    1. Yes definitely. Thanks for stopping by!

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