North Indian Curry

BAINGAN BHARTA / BAINGAN KA BHARTA / SMOKY & SPICY EGGPLANT MASH

Baingan Bharta” is one of the classic north Indian recipes.It is cooked frequently in many houses in India and one of the popular side dish in restaurants too.The popular dish from Punjab is usually served with any Indian flat bread, but you can pair it up with plain steamed rice too. This is one of my favorite side dishes, right from childhood.  

Baingan Ka Bharta is basically mashed roasted eggplant that’s spiced up with onions,tomatoes and other Indian spices to make a flavorful dish. Baingan means brinjal and Bharta means mashed.Traditionally the eggplants are grilled over charcoal or direct fire and the dish is wonderfully infused with a rustic smoky flavor. You can grill it in oven / microwave also to adopt to modern cooking. But in that case you would be compromising with its signature smoky flavor.

Are you ready to note down this simple recipe.. Here it goes..

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BAINGAN BHARTA Yum
mashed roasted eggplant that's spiced up with onions,tomatoes and other Indian spices to make a flavorful dish.
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Servings
Ingredients
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the eggplant and pat dry.Rub its surface with a thin coat of oil.Keep it to roasting, on open flame.Keep turning the eggplant in between every 2-3 mins, so that it gets cooked everywhere completely and uniformly.
  2. Switch off the flame when the brinjal shrinks in size and skin of brinjal has charred nicely.Whole kitchen would be filled with lovely smoky aroma.
  3. Let the eggplant cool for 5-10 mins. Later peel its charred skin,discard the stem and mash eggplant using hand or fork.Keep this aside.
  4. In a pan / kadai,heat some oil.Once hot, temper it with cumin seeds .Once they start spluttering ,add onions, green chillies and ginger.Saute till onion turns translucent.
  5. Next add tomatoes. Add salt. Saute them till tomatoes turn mushy.
  6. Next add spices one by one, ie haldi,dhania powder,jeera powder,amchoor powder and red chilli powder.Mix well. Saute till this mixture starts leaving oil ie approx 4-5 min.
  7. Now add mashed eggpalnt.Mix well. If required add little water. Saute for 3-4 mins.
  8. Finally add garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well .Switch off.
  9. Thats it our Punjabi Baingan Bharta is ready.Serve hot hot baingan Bharta with phulka / chapathi / Naan / any flat bread of your choice.
Recipe Notes

The ultimate taste of this dish lies in the perfect brinjals.So While buying eggplants for baingan bharta buy the ones that are big yet light. This is an indication that they don't have much seeds.I've roasted eggplant on direct fire. If you want you can use grill / oven / coal .

If you want you can also add finely chopped capsicum / green peas to it.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    April 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    i can not stand the seeds in eggplant, so i take it out, otherwise its same way i made it too. always come handy for diner.

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    Ramya Venkateswaran
    April 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    This is in my to fo list and will try this soon

  • Reply
    Ramya Venkateswaran
    April 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    That’s an yummy recipe and this is in my todo lust.will try soon

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    April 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    One of my fav and looks yumm!

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    Eliza Lincy
    April 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Baingan bartha looks very tasty with nice photographs. A real drool worthy side dish.

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    Sathya Priya
    April 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    colorful baingan ka bharta .Looks wonderful smitha

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    Sony P
    April 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Looks delicious…….. Tempting pics!!

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    Radha Natarajan
    April 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    what a gorgeous presentation, excellent steps!

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    Arti
    April 15, 2014 at 3:54 am

    This is one of my favorites, but I never made it by roasting it like this on an open flame, instead boiled it in a cooker. I will definitely try this way next time, thanks for another wonderful post, Smitha! Your step by step presentation is a lot of help for people like me, keep at it!

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    April 15, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Looks delicious. Very well explained,with good pictures.

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    Rafeeda AR
    April 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

    awesome pics dear… i love this…

  • Reply
    Jay
    April 15, 2014 at 8:17 am

    very delicious recipeTasty Appetite

  • Reply
    techie ZM
    April 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Looks delicious!! One of family favorite..

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    Vidya Chandrahas
    April 15, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Wow Very interesting.. we use coconut in it.

  • Reply
    Gloria
    April 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Super yummy Baigan bharta…so well presented…

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    Priya Suresh
    April 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Super like, my favourite baingan bharta, can have it with anything.

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    Sharans Samayalarai
    April 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Perfectly done and tempting clicks..

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    FlavorsAnd ColorsByAparna
    April 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Superb

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    Mitha Hegde
    April 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Wow Gorgeous clicks Smitha! Love Baingan bharta both the north and south Indian way! 🙂

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    Bhawna Bagri
    April 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Love this baingan ka bharta..Lovely pictures…

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    Vibha Sp
    June 18, 2014 at 4:40 am

    nice dish n presentation dear i never done in home but had in restorent , vl try when vl get time , thanks for recipe

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    Suji Sasi
    June 19, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Now I know what I should cook for dinner today. ….;)Thnx for the recipe. …

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    Anonymous
    November 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Very clearly explained…

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    best hotel management colleges in Kolkata
    April 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes 🙂

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    Hema Anil
    February 18, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I have no words to Thank you Smitha, my teen daughter was delighted and extremely thankful for cooking her all time wish of tasting home made bhaigan burta….it came out well and was truly sumptuous…

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