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.
Peel the skin off and scrape it out. Heat the oil in the kadhai and add the chopped onions and sautee until 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.
Also add salt, red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric. Mix well.
To this mixture add frozen or fresh peas and cook another couple of minutes.
Now add the cleaned eggplant to this and using a spatula mix well so that the eggplant kind of get mushy.
Cover and cook it for a few minutes. Uncover it and let it roast on a medium heat stirring occasionally. Now add the chopped cilantro and mix it. Your baigan ka bhartaa is ready to be served.
Serve hot with chapatis or parathas. You can garnish with more cilantro if you wish.
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Delicious sabzi.. My hubby’s favourite.. I had posted this in the initial stages of blogging and till date this is the most viewed post in my blog.. always on the top position.
oh nice Shobhaji….love the smoky flavors..
This is one of my fav curries.
Yeah me too, can go with so many different types of breads, crackers..Love it with parathas the most…