Bharli Baingan is a Maharashtrian version of baby eggplants stuffed with fresh coconut, peanuts and spices. Serve with roti or rice and dal for a filling and delicious meal.
First thing that comes to my mind when I think of stuffed veggies is eggplant – stuffed eggplant. It is one of my favorite ways of enjoying eggplant. Each state has a different way of preparing this classic dish – like this Andhra Gutti Vankaya. Today I made Maharashtrian Bharli Baingan with a spicy, tangy coconut stuffing. This dish is great to serve with both rice or roti.As an ardent eggplant lover, I’ve tried quite a few stuffedeggplantrecipes. My only requirement is that the recipe should be easy to make without too much fuss. This bharli Baingan recipe is from Smitha Deo. I loved the fact that there is no need to precook the stuffing. Everything goes into a blender.I had some fresh coconut in the fridge and store bought roasted peanuts in the pantry – so the stuffing came together in no time. Goda masala in the stuffing gives it the authentic Maharashtrian flavor. I had some homemade masala in the fridge, if not you can also use store bought one.
Don’t fuss to much about how the eggplants are stuffed. They will anyway be cooked in the leftover stuffing. This is a delicious curry with tons of flavor – it’s spicy, tangy and sweet – all at the same time. Make it for your eggplant loving family.