Easy Baingan Bhartha – Indian Style Roasted Eggplant

Easy Indian Eggplant recipe, Baingan Bharta, coming your way today. This smokey eggplant dish is so delicious and totally vegan. Packed with spices and herbs, perfect comfort food for a…

roasted eggplant dish with yoghurt on the side

Easy Indian Eggplant recipe, Baingan Bharta, coming your way today. This smokey eggplant dish is so delicious and totally vegan. Packed with spices and herbs, perfect comfort food for a weeknight. Don’t forget to pin it!

Happy New Year my friends! Hope you all had a good start to 2021. I know we all have big hopes that this year will be better than the last one (Bye-bye 2020!). One thing I have learned in 2020 however is that my inner world and my own happiness are very much defined by me. While there are so many things out there I can’t control, there are also hundreds of things I can. Those things can dramatically improve your life no matter what circumstances you might find yourself in.

One of the things we have control over is our diet. You and only you are responsible for the way you fuel your body which most definitely defines the way you feel. Are you energized and full of life or is your brain foggy and you can’t get out of bed in the morning? As we all know, vegetables are great for our bodies. So today I would like to share with you a delicious Indian dish made with smoked eggplant, onions, ginger, and tomatoes, spiced with cumin and chili. Baingan Bhartha!

Baingan Bartha - smoked eggplant

Fun facts about eggplant (or aubergine)

The hero ingredient of my Easy Baingan Bhartha – Indian Style Roasted Eggplant is of course…. the eggplant! Or the aubergine as you might call it. Eggplant (aubergine) is a member of the nightshade family which also includes potatoes and tobacco!! And while we all consider it to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit or even more exact a berry. But fruit or vegetable, the eggplant plays a leading role in many cuisines all over the world and it is definitely a staple in India’s kitchen and likely has been for over 5,000 years.

purple eggplants with water droplets

Some people say that Baingan Bharta is the crown prince of eggplant dishes. And is not hard to see why. This dish is silky in consistency, smoky, and full of great flavors. It is super easy to make and can be enjoyed warm or cold, as a main or as a side dish. It also can be served as a dip with some fresh pita bread. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as we did. Let me know in the comments below if you make this recipe 🙂

How to roast eggplant on the stove

Using a metal skewer, pierce the eggplant through as shown in the photo.

Roast the eggplant on a low gas flame until the eggplant is charred on all sides. Please be careful not to burn yourself.

eggplant coal charred on gas flames

Set aside to cool down a little.

charcoaled eggplant on a plate

Meanwhile, chop the onion and the ginger. 

copped onions and ginger

Now your eggplant should be cool enough to be peeled and cut. I hold the skewer in my left hand and peel the eggplant with a knife.

pilled eggplant on a plate

Cut the eggplant into bite-size pieces.

Cooking the Easy Baingan Bhartha – Indian Style Roasted Eggplant

In a heavy-based frying pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. Cook them quickly until seeds start to pop and are fragrant.

cumin seed in a frying pan

Add the chopped onion and ginger to the frying pan and stir frequently gently fry them until the onion is nice and golden. Make sure not to burn the onion and the ginger.

Add eggplant and fry all ingredients together for 1 minute.

eggplant in a frying pan mixed with cumin seeds, onion and ginger

Stir in the tomatoes and some water (1/4 of the tomato tin). Make sure that all ingredients are well combined.

eggplant and tomatoes in a frying pan

Cover the frying pan and lower the heat to very low. Cook for 15 minutes.

Serve immediately or later when it has cooled off. Sprinkle the fresh coriander leaves before serving and enjoy!

Easy Baingan Bhartha – Indian Style Roasted Eggplant- Recipe

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Easy Baingan Bhartha – Indian Style Roasted Eggplant


  • Author: Elena Elliott
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 4 serves as a side dish 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Baingan Bhartha – simple and delicious vegan eggplant dish. The classic recipe from North India will surely find a place in your weekly meal-plan routine.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large eggplant (aubergine)
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 4 cm fresh ginger root
  • 1 can of organic diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder (if you would like to spice things up a little)
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve 

Instructions

  1. Using a metal skewer, pierce the eggplant through as shown in the photo.
  2. Roast the eggplant on a low gas flame until the eggplant is charred on all sides. Please be careful not to burn yourself.
  3. Set aside to cool down a little.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the onion and the ginger. 
  5. Now your eggplant should be cool enough to be peeled and cut. I hold the skewer in my left hand and peel the eggplant with a knife.
  6. Cut the eggplant into bite-size pieces.
  7. In a heavy-based frying pan, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. Cook them quickly until seeds start to pop and are fragrant.
  8. Add the chopped onion and ginger to the frying pan and stir frequently gently fry them until the onion is nice and golden. Make sure not to burn the onion and the ginger.
  9. Add eggplant and fry all ingredients together for 1 minute.
  10. Stir in the tomatoes and some water (1/4 of the tomato tin). Make sure that all ingredients are well combined.
  11. Cover the frying pan and lower the heat to very low. Cook for 15 minutes.
  12. Serve immediately or later when it has cooled off. Sprinkle the fresh coriander leaves before serving.

Notes

This recipe is adapted from The Hamlyn Curry Cookbook by Meera Taneja

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Baingan Bhartha, smoked eggplant, roasted aubergine

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