October 13, 2009

Veganmofo III: Day 13 – Baingan Bhartha

It has been a while that I posted any eggplant dishes on my blog, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking with it. It’s just that I haven’t made anything new. This baingan bharta is not a new dish either, but I wanted to post it for veganmofo.


Active time involved in this dish is very little, baking/ roasting the eggplant itself takes the bulk of the time. With the temperatures hovering in lower 50’s, I thought this is the right time to fire up that oven. It took me about 1 hour to put the whole dish together from start to finish which is not bad for a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:
Eggplant – 1 medium, cut into half vertically
Red onion – 1 medium, chopped fine
Green chilies – 2, chopped
Ginger+Garlic paste – 1tsp
Tomatoes – 2 medium ripe, chopped
Tomato paste – 1tbsp
Ground Cumin – ½ tsp
Ground Coriander – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Garam Masala – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Lightly spray the eggplant halves with cooking spray, bake for 40-45minutes or until the eggplants are baked thoroughly; check with a fork, should be able to pierce through the skin easily.
  • Around the 25 minute mark start working on the masala part of the dish; heat 1tbsp oil in a large pan; add onions, sauté till reddish brown.
  • Add g+g paste and sauté for another minute. Add chopped tomatoes & the paste; cover and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Add the powders and cook for another minute.
  • Eggplant should be done by now, remove from oven and carefully peel the skin and mash the pulp with the back of a spoon.
  • Add the pulp to the tomato mixture along with ½ to 1 cup of water. Season with salt and simmer for 5 minutes, so that all the flavors get a chance to mingle. Serve with roti or rice.

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9 comments:

  1. It looks FANTASTIC! Really hearty and satisfying.

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  2. Delicious baingan bhartha makes me hungry..

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  3. Good grief, gorgeous! Your baigan bharta looks fab! I made it today and, because my eggplants were er, way past their prime, the color was totally off. (Thankfully, it was still delicious...even after quadrupling the recipe.) Check it out if you're interested:

    http://cracktheplates.com

    Good luck with the rest of the MoFoMonth!

    adrienne

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  4. tum, the bharta looks so inviting!!

    Happy Diwali to you Pavani! and I'd also like to invite you to dish out something sweet for the Sweet celebrations event on my blog if you can!:)

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  5. One of my favorites - looks perfect!

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  6. Ohhh!!!
    Can'r have too many eggplant recipes!

    This looks super tasty, a must make for me.
    Thank you for sharing!!!

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  7. pavani,
    i tried the baingan bharta and loved it..i've put a picture in my blog..
    Deepa

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