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Baingan Bharta Recipe | Smoky Eggplant | Side dish for Chapati and Rice

Baingan Bharta Recipe

Baingan bharta is a popular Bengali dish. It is also a national cuisine in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The word baingan means "brinjal" and bharta means "mashed". This dish is made of mashed brinjal along with some spices. This is one of a simplest recipes as we are adding only the ready made spice powders. As the brinjal is roasted in direct flame it gives a little bit smoky flavor to this recipe. You can also simplify this recipe by not adding some spice powders like cumin powder and coriander powder.

Smoky Eggplant

In our home town, we make similar recipe by roasting brinjal in coal. We add some raw onions, chillies and tamarind extract which gives a nice taste when eaten with plain rice. It is one of the simplest side dish prepared by our granny's on a lazy day. I will post the recipe in future. Here we go to the recipe of baingan bharta.

Baingan Bharta

Eggplant - 1
Onion - 1, large
Tomato - 2
Green chilli - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - to garnish
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tblspn


Roast eggplant in direct flames until all the sides are burnt and becomes mushy. Cool and mash them.

Finely chop onion, tomatoes and green chilli.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds. When it crackle, add chopped onions.

When onion turns soft, add finely chopped tomatoes and green chilli. When tomato turns mushy, add ginger garlic paste and sauté a minute.

Now, add chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and turmeric. Stir well till oil leaves on the sides for about 2-3 minutes.

Then, add the mashed eggplant, salt and give them a good mix. Cook for 5 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with rice or chapati.


ingredients for baingan bharta
Keep all your ingredients ready
roast brinjal
Roast eggplant in flame, cool, peel its skin and mince it
crackle cumin
Heat oil in a pan, crackle some cumin seeds
chopped onion and green chilli
Add chopped onion and green chilli. Saute for 1 to 2 mins
tomatoes added
Once onion becomes soft, add chopped tomato
add ginger garlic paste
When tomatoes becomes mushy, add ginger garlic paste
spice powders
Add cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and turmeric. Saute until the raw smell leaves and oil starts to leave on its sides
minced eggplant and salt
Now, add minced eggplant and salt. Mix well and cook for 3 to 5 mins
garnish with coriander leaves
Smoky Brinjal
Its ready!

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