Recipe for Baingan Ka Bharta

Baingan Ka Bharta

2 Recipes for Baingan Ka Bharta

The recipe that I am sharing today is Baingan Ka Bharta. Baingan means Brinjal/Aubergine , and Bharta is a term used when any vegetable is mashed during cooking. It is a popular dish cooked in India and is usually savored with roti, chapati, or rice.

Bharta is also made with other vegetables like Turnip, bottle gourd, etc., but the most popular vegetable choice is Brinjal. In this recipe, Brinjal is cooked by grilling it. Brinjal is placed on charcoal or direct fire and cooked slowly. When it gets completely cooked from the inside, it is taken out, the skin is carefully removed, the pulp inside is mashed, and then cooked with various spices. The smoky taste of the brinjals is what stands out and is the main characteristic of this dish.

As with any recipe, each state has its own preparation, and the spices and other ingredients combined with Brinjal vary from state to state.

Today, I am sharing the 2 recipes I commonly follow in my home. So, let us start with the first one:

Recipe 1: Baingan Ka Bharta

Ingredients needed for Baingan Ka Bharta:

  1. Brinjals: 2 big, washed
  2. Onion: 1 big, finely chopped
  3. Tomato: 1 big, finely chopped
  4. Garlic: 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  5. Ginger: 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  6. Mustard Oil: 1 1/2 tablespoons
  7. Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon
  8. Asafoetida: 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Dry Red Chillies: 3-4
  10. Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
  11. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
  12. Coriander Powder: 1 tablespoon
  13. Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon
  14. Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoon or according to taste
  15. Fresh Coriander Leaves: for garnishing

Method for making Baingan ka Bharta:

  1. Wash the Brinjals. Cut slits about 1 inch deep with a knife along the length. Now place the brinjals directly on the flame. Since I have a hot plate in my kitchen (hence, no access to direct fire), I use a grill, which I place on my hot plate.

    Baingan Ka Bharta
  2. On high heat, cook the brinjals by turning them from time to time to cook evenly and completely from all sides. This usually takes about 20 minutes for me.


  3. While the brinjals are getting cooked, take a pan. Heat oil, and on high heat, add cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, and asafoetida. Fry for about 20-30 seconds.


  4. Then add red chillies and onion; on medium heat, cook till the onions turn translucent.


  5. Then add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.


  6. Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Reduce the heat further, cover with a lid and cook for about 3-4 minutes or till the tomatoes turn mushy.


  7. Meanwhile, if the brinjals are cooked ( you can check by inserting a knife and observing if it goes in easily), take them out on a plate or chopping board and remove their skins carefully.
  8. After removing the skin, mash the brinjal. You won’t need a masher for this. You can just use the flat side of the knife and do it. Tip: If the brinjals don’t get mashed by light pressing using the flat side of a knife, they are not cooked thoroughly.
  9. Add the mash to the pan in which you are frying the onion-tomato mixture.
  10. Mix everything well. Close the lid and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
  11. Take out, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with Roti or paratha.

Recipe 2: Baingan Ka Bharta

Ingredients needed:

  1. Brinjals: 2 big, washed
  2. Onion: 1 big, finely chopped
  3. Garlic: 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
  4. Curry leaves: 6-7
  5. Sesame Oil: 1 1/2 tablespoons
  6. Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon
  7. Asafoetida: 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Dry Red Chilies: 3-4
  9. Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
  10. Coriander Powder: 1 tablespoon
  11. Peanuts: A handful
  12. Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoon or according to taste
  13. Fresh Coriander Leaves: for garnishing

Method:

  1. Smoke the brinjals, peel them, and mash them as described in the previous recipe.
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Fry peanuts in low-medium heat till they are crunchy.

    Making of Baingan ka Bharta south indian style
  3. Then, on high heat, add cumin seeds, red chilies, and asafoetida.

    Making of Baingan ka Bharta south indian style
  4. Then add curry leaves and onions, and garlic and fry on medium heat till the onions turn translucent.

    Making of Baingan ka Bharta south indian style
  5. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt and cook on medium heat for another 1-2 minutes.

    Making of Baingan ka Bharta south indian style
  6. Now add the mashed brinjals. Cover and cook on low-medium heat for about 5 minutes.


  7. Take out and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

    Baingan ka Bharta south indian style

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