Thursday, March 24, 2011

Baingan Ka Bharta/Eggplant Grilled & Cooked in Onions& Tomatos

 Friends-Buy the biggest eggplant which weighs around a ton ;) I learnt this from my mother-in -law,when I first started to go veggie shopping with her:) Her golden rule of thumb-When buying an eggplant for  especially Bharta,"make sure it is heavy,you will get all flesh and less seeds." & when buying capsicums/bell peppers,"make sure you pick the lightest of the lot to avoid too much of seeds inside."  I got more tips from her than I ever did from my mom in this department,and honestly they have all come very handy and I am sure you will remember these next time you are picking up an eggplant & bell peppers :)

I picked every eggplant and mentally weighed it and then put it down  (people around me probably thought I was out of my mind or something )  finally I settled on this medium sized  one which weighed around a pound & compared to the others in the lot it looked around the same in size but weighed  comparitively more :)




Set the broiler on 500 d fahrenhiet and after poking the eggplant,cover it in a foil and keep it on the top rack right unedr the broiler for 20-25 minutes. Pull the top tray with your mitts on and insert a knife through the foil inside the eggplant if it goes through as smooth as a butter it is done. Let it cool. remove the skin or scoop the flesh with a round spoon and start the bharta preparation.

Ingredients you will need:

Onion: 2 medium sized very finely chopped
Tomato: 2 large sized chopped
Ginger: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Corrinader powder: 1 tsp
Garam masala powder: 1/4 tsp
Cilantro: 1 tbsp chopped for garnish
Green chilli: 2 whole( just for flavor)
Olive oil: 3 tbsp

Method:

Take a kadai and heat the oil.when hot slide the chopped onion and saute them till they turn a  rich deep brown. You can sprinkle a little water in between if the onion start to stick at the bottom. Now when you have the desired color add the ginger,garlic and salt and cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatos and the rest of the dry spices  except the garam masala and cook till it gets a nice rich color and you see the oil appear at the edges. Now add the scooped eggplant and take a potato masher or with the back of a spoon,mash the eggplant  intermittently till everything looks smooth and well blended ,now add the green chilli and cover and cook for 5 minutes. 

Uncover the bharta ,sprinkle the chopped cilantro and the garam masala and squeeze some lemon jiuce and serve with roti's.



54 comments:

  1. This is a very delicious recipe...nice clicks..and the tips are really useful....I dint have any idea abt this before I read your tips of buying eggplant...Thanks for sharing..:)

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  2. So yummy Kavita. Would love to have it with rotis.

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  3. Looks so relishing, nice and perfect.
    Liked your serving dish too.

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  4. Egg plant is a new found love for me....I recently had a curry similar to this and fell completely in love those....Btw nice tips to buy eggplant and capsicum ... although i am yet to like capsicums...:D

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  5. wow....delicious Bharta....
    Sabby
    http://foodfunfreak.blogspot.com/

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  6. Kavitha, thats a lot of information on eggplants....I will remember your advice next time I go to market...Bharta is looking classy and tempting...

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  7. I love this baingan ka bharta with anything, its quite one of most favourite dish,with which i can survive for many days..Urs makes me salivating..

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  8. I always take my own sweet time to pick brinjals :-) These tips are really handy when you are planning to make bharta. Adding lime juice is new to me. This bharta looks delicious.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  9. kavitha the bharta looks swell ! yum

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  10. Baingan ka bharata looks so absolutely delicious and very inviting !!!

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  11. wonderful and lovely clicks :)

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  12. Mouthwatering recipe..my favorite recipe, your version sounds great..bookmarked.

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  13. An aromatic & delicious Bhartha Mrs K!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  14. Hi Kavita, Good info on EggPlant.. The dish looks wholesome...

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  15. nice presentation... and wonderful clicks... yummy too..

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  17. An all time fav in our household. Loved your version..

    US Masala

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  18. For every south Indian wedding this is a must :) reminded me of my wedding :)

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  19. Such a classic recipe for baingan bharta. Thanks kavi, its one of my favs...

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  20. I am a big fan of Baingan bhartae love it with rice as well as chappatie or even as a dip for my tortilla chips :). Loved the tips on choosing good Eggplants and bell peppers.I do have a tip to share for finding Eggplants with lesser seeds and therefore less bitter pick eggplants that do not have round deep indentation at the botttom.

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  21. Baingan bhartae looks dleicious, it is one of the main recipe in indian restaurant menu.

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  22. Oooo....baingan ka bharta looks so soft and spicy! I love eggplant but hardly make it as my husband is allergic to it...this is a great visual treat!

    Vegetarian Cultural Creatives

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  23. Great clicks and looks so yummy! Thanks for tips too...

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  24. Wow, Kavita! I love eggplant any way you make it...this method with all these ingredients, and spices I would love just with a piece of nice crusty bread, and would be a "happy meal" for me.
    So flavorful, and tempting.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    xoxo

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  27. i'm coming over with my cilantro chappatis :)Subzi looks extremely appetizing :)

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  28. This is a very good one pot dish, love it!

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  29. Delicious n mouthwatering....looks really yum...first time here..u hv a lovely space..visit mine as time permits....
    Sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

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  30. Those are some really nice and useful tips..thanks for sharing!
    I love anything with eggplants and this bharta is simply mouthwatering!

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  31. Hey....I have an award waiting for u in my blog...Do collect it ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  32. Kavitha baingan bartha looks delicious.

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  33. delicious recipe dear..
    here's an award for u..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  34. loved the bowl!!! nice recipe looks so yumm!!

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  35. Baigan Ka Bharta looking very tempting and delicious.

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  36. This dish looks quite good...if only I liked eggplant!

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  37. Perfect and delicious.... baingan ka bharta was my nana's fav and so its mine too. Have never seen him though bt this dish always reminds me of him... Thanks a lot dear for sharing this recipe and also thank u for posting such lovely comments on my blog. God bless u...

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  38. Have shared few awards with you, please accept these
    Deepa

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  39. Have shared an award with you. please collect it from my blog.

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  40. wow...delicious bhata.....looks so spicy n tempting !

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  41. Hey, hope you are having a great visit- just popped in to say hello! :)

    The eggplant dish looks simply too delicious. I'd love to mop up that bowl with a few pieces of roti!

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  42. Hi Kavita,
    Plz collect an award from my blog.

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  43. Hi Kavita,
    Plz collect FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.
    You must be busy with your travel plans...hoping to see you soon.

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  44. perfect looking dish.. so inviting..

    new to ur blog and happy to follow u for more wonderful recipes..

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  45. New to ur blog..... Lovely recipes, pics and presentation!! Baingan Bartha looks ravishing :)Cheers

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    and thanks for standing behind my success here in the blog world

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  47. Hey Kavita, hope you are doing well....didnt see any latest on your blog so writing again on your old post.
    I have blogger greeting for you. Please collect it from my blog.

    Thanks
    Sabby
    http://foodfunfreak.blogspot.com/

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  48. Yummy looking dish! First time here.
    Do stop by mine when time permits. Thanks

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