Thursday, October 18, 2012

Egg Plant (Baingan) Bhartha

This was made by AG.  It was super-tasty and not like any bhartha that I had eaten before.  If you like egg plant then you should try this one.

Ingredients:
Brinjal (Egg plant) - 2 fairly large

Onion - 2 chopped
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Ginger-Garlic paste - 2 tsp 
Jeera (Cumin seed) - 1tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 3/4 tsp
Green chilies - 2 nos chopped
Red chili powder - 1  tsp - depending on how spicy you would like it to be
Tomatoes - 1 can chopped tomatoes or 3 large tomatoes 
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish.

Roast the egg plant either over a flame till the skin browns and shrivels and it can be peeled off easily. ( or bake / scald over a pan )
Once peeled, chop and mash and keep aside

Take wok, add oil, jeera, mustard - allow to pop
Put in the cloves, bayleaf, chopped onions and cook till slightly golden brown
Add green chillies, curry leaves 
Add ginger garlic paste and turmeric. Sauté for 2 mins
Add jeera, dhania, red chilli powders.
Add 75 ml of water and cover and simmer on medium heat for 10 mins till you see the oil separating
Add a can of chopped tomatoes ( or regular tomatoes)
Cook again on a slow fire till it becomes a thick paste


Add the mashed egg plant to the paste, blend it in , add salt to taste, and allow it to cook in the mixture for a further 5 mins.  
Garnish with coriander.

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