Baigan ka bhartaa was not my cup of tea as I am not a big fan of tomatoes specially raw and this dish will be incomplete without a good amount of tomatoes. My mom used to say before I got married, that what will you do if you will have to eat it at your in laws. I used to be like I won’t eat it. But nothing of that sort happened, the first time my mother in law made this dish I ate it, it was absolutely delicious. This is my mother in law’s recipe, beautiful smoky flavor. This also reminds me of Baba Ghanoush which is very similar.
- 1 big eggplant
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 big tomato, chopped
- 1 green chili, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
- olive oil
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- pinch of turmeric
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh peas ( I used frozen)
- cilantro chopped
First of all you have to grill the eggplant, you can use a BBQ grill, gas stove or an oven to do that. Here I have used the oven which is easy and clean method. Cut the eggplant in half, and drizzle a little olive oil. Put it in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or so. Depending on the oven you have you can adjust the time. I baked it until the eggplant was a little brown.
Now add chopped garlic, ginger and green chili to it. Stir it for another couple of minutes. then add chopped tomatoes and stir it additional few minutes so that the tomato gets cooked well and doesn’t have the raw smell.
Serve hot with chapatis or parathas. You can garnish with more cilantro if you wish.
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