Baingan ka bharta recipe

baingan ka bharta

Baingan ka bharta is a very delicious and popular North Indian dish made from large brinjals which is grilled over an open flame or fire. This gives the dish a unique smoky flavour and good taste to the dish . The roasted brinjal is then mashed and cooked alongwith onions and tomatoes and mild spices and served along with rotis, naans or phulkas. Baingan ka bharta is very simple to make too as it does not require too many spices. It tastes best with minimum spices added to it.

Ingredients

  • Large eggplants (brinjal) - 2
  • Onions - 2 (chopped finely)
  • Tomatoes - 4 (chopped finely)
  • Green chillies - 2 (chopped finely)
  • Cooking oil - 4 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped or grated ginger - 2 teaspoons
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Method

Step 1

HOW TO MAKE BAINGAN KA BHARTA RECIPE Wash the brinjals in running water. Then wipe the brinjals thoroughly with a clean dry cloth.

Step 2

Apply oil on the brinjals and roast them over open flame. Keep turning on the flame until skin starts peeling off and the brinjal begins to shrink. IMG_4845

Step 3

Once you get a smoky flavor of the brinjals and is cooked on all sides, remove from flame. Let it cool down. Then immerse them in a bowl of water. IMG_4846

Step 4

Remove the skin and mash it completely or chop them into small pieces. Keep it aside. IMG_4847 IMG_4848

Step 5

Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Add cumin seeds. Cook for half a minute. Add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent. Then add chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and cook for a minute. IMG_4849

Step 6

Add chopped tomatoes and combine together. Cook till the tomatoes become soft and the oil starts separating. Now add red chilli powder, salt and mashed roasted brinjals and mix well. Cook for 6-7 minutes over medium flame, stirring continuously. IMG_4850

Step 7

Lastly add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame. Baingan ka bharta is ready to be served. IMG_4851

Step 8

Baingan ka bharta goes well with rotis, naans or phulkas. IMG_4853

Step 9

NOTES : Always use large sized brinjals for making baingan ka bharta. Once the brinjals are roasted, immerse them in water immediately. This helps to remove the skin of the brinjals easily. Always buy the brinjals that are light in weight in proportion to their size, as it enhances the taste of the bharta. After roasting the brinjal, discard the stem and then mash or chop them into small pieces. Even after roasting the brinjal, sometimes some parts does not get cooked completely. Not to worry. You can chop them into pieces and mix with the cooked part and cook with the pan covered with a lid. It gets cooked evenly.

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