Feb 12, 2013

Baingan Bartha

Baingan Bartha is a North Indian specialty made with charred eggplant and other spices. Each state in India have their own recipe for Baingan Bhartha. The recipe below is my version of "BAINGAN BHARTHA". Normally green peppers are not added in this recipe, but I have added it in to make this dish look colorful and appetizing. The secret ingredient to this recipe is sugar or jaggery. Adding sugar and tomatoes to this recipe gives it sweet and sour taste.

Total Preparation time: 30 minutes


1 Egg plant
1 Onion, chopped lengthwise
1 Green bell pepper, chopped lengthwise
2 Tomatoes, diced
½  tsp of grated Ginger
½ tsp  of Mustard seeds
½ tsp Cumin Seeds
½ tsp Chili powder
½ tsp Coriander powder
1/4th tsp Turmeric
1/4th tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Oil
½ tsp sugar (or) jaggery


Roast Eggplant in low flame on a stop top. Cook until all skin in charred.

Allow eggplant to cool and then peel off and discard the skin and dice the eggplant

Pour 2 tsp. of oil in a hot skillet; add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds start to crackle, add grated ginger, onions and green bell pepper. Sautee for 2 minutes

Now add dry ingredients- turmeric, chili powder, and coriander powder and garam masala. Saute for few seconds and then add diced tomatoes. Stir well and add water if required. Close the lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes
When rest of the vegetables is cooked, add chopped eggplant, salt and sugar. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and red onions

Serve hot with any kind of Indian bread or with rice

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