Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dhaba Style Baigan Ka Bharta

When you are experimenting in the kitchen, you are not very sure if you want to share something as ordinary as a Baigan ka Bharta with your readers!
baigan roastI don’t have a “gas” stove top here and have to do all the cooking on an electric oven range. Which is no fun if you are making the Bengali Begun Poda or the Punjabi version of the Baigan ka Bharta (Roasted Eggplant Mish-mash). Its in times like these that I have to toss my ingredients in the oven, and hope I get the taste which is close to the palate I have grown up to.

I know a lot of people do roast the eggplant in the oven, but this recipe of mine has roasted tomatoes (instead of raw ones) thrown in too!

Here is my recipe of the Punjabi Baigan ka Bharta!


One medium size eggplant – I chose one which was about 350-400 gms
2 ripe tomatoes
Half cup green peas
1 medium size red onion finely chopped
Bunch of coriander chopped fine
4-5 green chilies chopped finely
5-6 cloves of garlic chopped fine
1 inch ginger chopped finely
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Drizzle of mustard oil
2 tablespoon ghee (melted)

Slit the eggplant from the center and cut the tomatoes in halves. Put them in a baking dish and drizzle some mustard oil. “Bake” them in the oven at 350°F for an hour. You want to roast the eggplant and the tomatoes till they are nice and plump and not shriveled. IMG_6686IMG_6689 IMG_6690 Gently remove the purple skin of the eggplant and its stalk. Squish the eggplant and the tomatoes (separately).
IMG_6693 In a frying pan, heat the melted ghee and add the cumin seeds. And all the chopped culprits (except the coriander) one by one starting with the onions.
IMG_6695IMG_6691IMG_6696 Sauté all the ingredients for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add the already mashed up eggplant and tomato. Add the dry spices and fry for five more minutes till all the raw flavors are cooked.
IMG_6697 IMG_6698 IMG_6699Towards the end of the cooking process, add the already washed and drained (if you are using frozen ones) green peas. Add salt and mix well.
IMG_6700Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with roti or naan and maybe some Tandoori Chicken to get that complete feeling of eating at a North Indian Dhaba!
IMG_6702 IMG_6706 This is as good as Baigan ka Bharta can get in North America! Try it.


Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pree
Thats a great Punjabi bharata indeed. The photographs are fantastic.
The burnt ( PoDa) smell of the baigan is the main thing..Did you get that smell in Oven or close to it? I will try to burn ( the surface) in an oven and use your recipe.
Bhalo theko

PreeOccupied said...

I did not get that coveted "smoky" flavor from roasting the begun in the oven. :-(

I'd love to get your results though. Smokiness did elude this bharta.

Choto baela, aamaar Ma gaser opor begun pudiye ote noon, kancha lonka, pyaj, dhone pata and shorshe'r tel diye mekhe aamader bolto, ebaar gorom gorom ruti diye khe naa'o! :-)

This bharta doesn't even come close to that!

Sraboney said...

Kee holo tomaar? Aajkaal khaali khabar aar khordor-er bishoe bhaabo...

All your recipes look yummy!


Jaya said...

Even I struggle here with my electric oven , no gas means -no begun pora ..I have baked begun in oven ..kinto seyi taste ashe na ...loved your dhaba style bharta ..dekhi oven e roast kore eyibhabhe banie ,kemon hoye khete :)..
hugs and smiles

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