Baingan ka bhartha/ Roasted aubergine mashed with tomatoes.

Baingan bhartha is a very common side dish made with roasted baingan/eggplant/aubergine. Baingan bhartha is a south Asian cuisine with different names in accordance with the place where they originate from. We can see a slight variation in the recipes as well.

These are usually served with phulkas/chapathis.

The ingredients are as below

Aubergine/eggplant/baingan – 1medium sized(the purple one)

Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)

Onion – 1(finely chopped)

Red chilli powder – 1tbsp

Oil – 1tbsp

Kitchen king masala – 1tsp(optional)

Garlic – 2pods (finely chopped)

Ginger – 1″(freshly grated )

Salt to taste

Method

  • Wash the eggplant in water thoroughly and wipe it dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Apply oil to this eggplant and place it on the stove to roast.
  • Keep turning the eggplant and not to over roast.
  • When its done keep it aside. when u insert a knife in the eggplant it should easily insert through the eggplant.
  • Now peel the roasted skin of the eggplant and cutthe eggplant into small pieces or mash them with a masher 
  • In a kadhai/pan, add oil. Add ginger garlic to this saute for few minutes.
  • Add finely chopped onions and continue to saute for few mins. Donot Brown them. The onions should remain crunchy.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and saute till oil separates.
  • Add the red chilli powder,kitchen king masala and salt.
  • Now add the mashed eggplant to this and Mix it till well combined.
  • Cook this mixture on low flame for a while 
  • Serve this with chapathis or phulkas.

Tips

  1. Selecting an eggplant has a technique.For choosing a right one, look for an eggplant which is very light when you hold and not heavy. The heavy ones indicate that the seeds are thick and might have a spoilt part inside.
  2. Using kitchen king masala is totally optional and you can just ignore this step.
  3. We can also make this bhartha roasting the tomatoes, eggplant and onion separately and going ahead with the recipe. This could be time consuming but it tastes mind blowing. Give it a try 🙂

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