Baingan ka Bharta, aka Roasted Egglplant, Indian-Style

The eggplant is a favorite vegetable of mine.  You must know this already if you know anything about my predilection for this veggie-fruit.  That’s right, the eggplant/aubergine/brinjal is botancially classified as fruit, you see, only, we don’t ever eat it raw like we do most fruits.  Instead we cook it in every conceivable way:  roast, fry, boil, stirfry, steam, bake, you name it.  It is indeed a most interesting vegetable and is celebrated the world over and comes in so many shapes, sizes and colors.

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Today, I made a very traditional Indian dish called Baingan ka BhartaThis is actually a no-nonsense, rustic and robust vegetarian dish that celebrates the eggplant with gusto.  And here’s how you make it:  the recipe calls for large and fleshy eggplant to be first grilled/baked/roasted; then the charred skin removed to get to all the pulpy flesh which is mashed up; and then it is seasoned with finely chopped onions, green chillies, garlic, tomatoes and a host of spices. 

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Serve it up with rotis/parathas or even rice, and you’ll be left licking your fingers and asking for more!  Check out the series of pictures below that tells a recipe-story.  [Incidentally, I roasted it in a frying pan with a few drops of oil on a low flame, covered with a domed lid so as to build up the steam.] 

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