Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baingan ka Bartha(Smoked Eggplant)

Baingan ka Bartha is a popular dish from UP. It is roasted eggplant, mashed and cooked with onion and tomato, usually served with roti(Indian flat bread).

1 large Italian eggplant
1 large onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
3-4 green chili, chopped(change per taste)
1 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp amchur powder(mango powder)
salt to taste
1 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
1 tsp. garam masala

1. Wash eggplant and pat it dry. Pierce eggplant with fork. Spray eggplant with oil. Place on a broil pan and broil in oven on high, turning eggplant so all sides are broiled. Remove from oven, allow it to cool and peel skin off eggplant. Scoop the flesh in a large bowl and mash well with potato masher. Leave aside.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a pan on medium high. Add green chili and saute for a minute. Add chopped onion and cook till translucent. Add tomato and cook for a few minutes. Add chili powder, amchur powder, and salt.
3. Stir in mashed eggplant. Cook on low flame for 30 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro. Serve with hot rotis.

Note: Eggplant can be roasted over flame too. This gives a smoked taste to the dish.