Saturday, February 2, 2008

Baigan da bharta- brinjal bharta

Baingan ka bharta is one of my favorite vegetables. In punjab, it is made very simply, without using too many masalas, so that the roasted taste of baigan is not masked with the tastes of masala. I have seen many recipes which use corinder powder,garam masala etc. But do try it in this simple manner once, i am sure you will like it.

This vegetable tastes great with rotis or plain paranthas too. The trick to making good bharta is to have approximately the same amounts of onions, baigan and tomatoes.

 
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Ingredients

1 big brinjal
1 jumbo onion or 2 medium sized onions
2 tomatoes
2 green chilies
1 tsp ginger finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbl sp green coriander
1 tsp ghee
1 tbl sp oil
Salt to taste

The best tasting bharta is the one in which the brinjal is roasted on open flame. This gives a smoky flavor to the brinjal. Roast the brinjal on open flame directly for about 10-15 mins. It should be roasted on all sides by rotating it every 2-3 mins. If you do not have gas, then you can microwave the brinjal for about 10 mins, rotating it after every 2-3 mins.

Peel the brinjal and also remove the seeds from inside.
Chop the brinjal into fine pieces. Also chop the onions, tomatoes and green chillies.
Heat oil. Add cumin seeds. Once they change color, add onions. Add a little salt to the onions and fry for about 7 mins. They should change color to light pink but should not become brown.

Add green chilies, ginger and brinjal and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes, turmeric, chili powder, and salt and cook for 8-10 mins. Then add 1 sp ghee and cook for a min. garnish with green coriander.

The ghee gives it a very nice flavour and makes it moist. do not cover the bharta while cooking. It should be cooked uncovered through out. You can adjust the amount of green chilies, but the spicier it is, the better it tastes. .

22 comments:

Asha said...

Most beautiful Bhrata I have ever seen, thanks Vimmi. Will surely try, I am a Eggplant lover!:))

vimmi said...

Thanks Asha,

Ur comments are so inspirational.

bee said...

this is the way i like it too, with very few spices. lovely dish.

meeso said...

I would love to try this simpler recipe, eggplant is such a delicious vegetable!

TheCooker said...

Though eggplant is not something I enjoy, I've recently started liking (but not yet started making) bharta. Your version looks easy enough for me.

vimmi said...

Thanks Bee,

Cooking it simple bring out the flavors.

Hi Meeso and Thecooker

Try this. its simple and tasty.

Seema said...

Nice Bhartha with less spices.. Yes the best r the ones roasted on fire! The photo looks so yum!

vimmi said...

Thanks Seema

remya said...

lovely bharta.... my hubby's fav...love ur style...

Lavanya Raj said...

vimmi your bharta looks so nice.

Pravs said...

will have to try this simple version. btw, did you get to make pineapple pulissery?

Maya said...

oh,I love Baingan Bharta..Your pic here looks very nice..

vimmi said...

Thanks Remya, Maya and Lavanya.

Guess what Pravs, made the pineapple errisery. We absolutely Loved it. Had it with mushroom thoran.

Carnation said...

Delicious looking bhartha....simple too...a must try :)

vimmi said...

Thanks Carnation,

Do try it.

Laavanya said...

That looks nice Vimmi. My method requires more sauteeing since my husband doesn't like a strong eggplant flavour. Must try yours sometime.

Sig said...

one of the few veggie dishes I used to eat from restaurants... :)

DEEPA said...

Excellent one lady !!!Baigan bharta looks awesome ....

vimmi said...

Thanks Lavanya, Sig and Deepa,

I sometimes feel embarassed to blog such simple recipes, bcos fo us its a regular sabji.

Kalai said...

Just made this the other day for the first time, but with a different recipe. I *love* the concept! Will try out your recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing!

Alpa said...

beautiful bharta and picture to go along with it :)

Anonymous said...

Really tasty. Have tried many but this was one I actually liked eating