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Baingan bharta recipe | How to make smoky Baingan bharta

Smoky Baingan bharta recipe, prepared with large eggplant (brinjal), onions and tomatoes. Learn how to make this delicious brinjal recipe with stepwise pictures and video.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 120 kcal



  • 1 eggplant (large brinjal)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 garlic pods
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 big onion
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp. chilli powder
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp salt as required
  • Coriander leaves



    How to roast the Brinjal:

    • Wash Brinjal, dry out with a cloth.
    • Apply a tsp of oil on the skin as shown in the picture.
    • Insert a long knife or stainless steel rod through the stem like this.
    • Place on direct fire by holding carefully. Keep the stove on simmer mode.
    • Rotate once in every two minutes to roast all the sides evenly.
    • The heat from the fire penetrates through the oiled skin and cooks the eggplant.
    • Cook the top portion also for a few minutes.
    • In a few minutes of rotating and roasting, the skin breaks out and smoky aroma arises.
    • Each aubergine takes around five to seven minutes to get roasted completely.
    • To check the doneness, insert a knife and if it goes inside smoothly without reluctance, then it's done.
    • Remove from the fire, let it cool down completely.
    • Peel off the skin fully.
    • Mash and keep aside. If you find more seeds inside you can remove.

    Recipe for making Baingan bharta:

    • Heat oil in a pan, season with cumin seeds.
    • Add chopped garlic and green chillies, saute in the oil.
    • Put chopped onions and fry until they become light brown color.
    • Add chopped tomatoes and cook them soft.
    • Now add turmeric powder and chilli powder.
    • Some water to cook the masalas and add the mashed brinjal.
    • Mix the cooked brinjal well with the base masala.
    • Add required salt for the curry.
    • Mix and cook for five minutes in medium heat.
    • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off.
    • Serve with roti, naan, chapati or phulka.



    Tips: 1) Usually, I don't add garam masala and coriander powder for this Baingan bharta. But you can use 1/4 tsp in each of them if you wish. 2) Also, choose medium size Baingan for this recipe. Because too large brinjal may be tough to get cooked in the middle portion.


    Calories: 120kcal
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