Love eggplants than you are going to love this one. Believe me this is one of those recipes which is a staple in every household and everyone enjoys it. It’s a vegetarian and a frequently made one in my kitchen – Baigan Bharta, an eggplant delicacy !! Roasted, skinned and mashed eggplant sauteed with onion, tomatoes and Indian spices makes it a great punjabi dish. Traditionally eggplants are roasted over charcoal or gas stoves until scalded but nowadays it can be grilled in conventional ovens. Once grilled, they are skinned, mashed and blended with spices.
Follow a step by step guide below on how to grill eggplants on a cooktop.
Eggplants are very low in calories and rich in fiber. In Indian cooking eggplants can be prepared in many ways like eggplant pakodas, bharwan baigan (stuffed eggplant), baghare baigan, eggplant and potato vegetable (Alu baigan ki sabzi), Tawa sabzi to name a few. Just came back from the grocery store with a bag full of fresh eggplants and am craving for Baigan Bharta aka mashed baigan (eggplant). In this recipe fresh chopped tomatoes are used but you can always substitute it with homemade tomato puree or store bought tomato puree to save time.
Simple and a straight forward recipe. Chopped garlic can be added to this recipe to boost up the flavor. For extra spiciness ad garam masala to the recipe but again this is optional. Leftover bharta can be enjoyed as an quick appetizer – Mock pizza – Bharta topped Bruschetta bread .
Enjoy this dish with warm rotis and Dal tadka.