Tips for plate presentation – Let the main player stand out. Here I have used a slice of eggplant to enhance the dish. Try to get some verticality in your dish. Everything just laid on the plate is boring. Rather stack or place them on an accompaniment. Anything that gets some differing heights to your dish will make it more visually appealing.
An (aubergine/ baingan) is not a very popular vegetable. People love to hate the ‘eggplant’ because of its texture. Some find it ‘bitter’ to taste. When treated right, it’s creamy and earthy—a standout star in your dining table. It’s time to bring this purple wonder back into the spotlight! It’s time to treat it right!
I like the aroma of burnt and charred aubergines or even smoke it with oil in the oven. I love the way it looks after it is prepared. The best way to choose the brinjals is, light in weight but big in size that means the lesser the seeds the lighter the brinjal weighs.
Different versions of this popular baigan bharta are made in several states in India. A perfect dish to go along with hot rotis naans or parathas.
Baingan Bharta/ eggplant curry
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Aubergines – (2 medium sized) 500 gms
Oil – 1 tbsp
Asafoetida – pinch
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Garlic, crushed, finely chopped – 3 cloves
Finely grated ginger – 1 tsp
Medium onions, finely chopped – 2 nos
Tomatoes, finely chopped- 2 nos
Green chillies, split lengthwise- 2 nos
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
- Make few slits on the eggplant. Immerse few pieces of garlic and green chilly into the egg plant with some salt. Apply some oil on the eggplant and cook it full in the oven. Applying the oil you will get a smoky flavour in the dish.
- Remove the eggplants onto a plate and keep aside. In 5 minutes, the eggplant will be cool enough to handle, and you can peel off the skins.
- Chop all the flesh, discard the stems and keep aside.
- In a heavy bottomed Pan, heat the oil. Add the asafoetida, cumin seeds.
- Once cumin seeds splutter, add the ginger and garlic and saute for few seconds.
- Add the finely chopped onions, toss well.
- Cover and cook until onions are soft, around 5-10 minutes.
- Add dry spices, cook for few minutes and the tomatoes with the salt.
- cover and cook until tomatoes are completely soft and mushy. Stir the dish.
- To the mix, add the mashed eggplant flesh, around 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer. Sprinkle garam masala powder and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from flame. Garnish and ready to serve.