Baingan Bharta, Veg Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe
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Punjabi food incorporates very innovative cooking methods, be it the use of the tandoor or the concept of cooking vegetables directly over the flame thus endowing the vegetable with a great smoky flavour.
The Punjabi Baingan Bharta has many fans all over the world. Baingan or brinjal cooked directly over the flame till the skin is charred and can be peeled off combined with a fine blend of spices and some ghee makes up this brilliant Baingan Bharta creation.
While selecting the brinjal for this Baingan Bharta be sure to choose one's that are large with a shiny smooth surface as these are likely to have a lower number of seeds. All in all this scrumptious Punjabi Baingan Bharta dish is worth all the time and mess it may create!
The Baingan Bharta teams up well with rotis like Missi Roti, Bajra Roti, Chawal ki Roti, Tandoori Roti and Moghlai Roti.
Enjoy how to make Baingan Bharta recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
- To make baingan bharta, grease the brinjal with oil and roast it over an open flame till it is cooked.
- Cool and peel the skin. Mash the pulp thoroughly and keep aside.
- Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
- When they crackle add the onions and sauté till they turn golden brown.
- Add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and sauté for a few more seconds.
- Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and cook till the mixture leaves oil.
- Add the mashed brinjal, punjabi garam masala and salt, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve the baingan bharta hot garnished with coriander.
Baingan Bharta, Veg Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe recipe with step by step photos
Baingan Bharta is one of the very famous Punjabi main course dishes. It is made with roasted brinjal which is mashed and with spices. It can be had with Roti, Naan, Kulcha any Indian bread according to your preference. If you like this Punjabi Baingan Bharta recipe, below are the links to similar recipes :
To make Baingan Bharta, grease the eggplant with oil using your hands or a brush. This helps in roasting the brinjal easily and also aids in the removal of skin after roasting.
Roast it directly over an open flame until it is cooked. Keep rotating so the brinjal gets cooked evenly. The entire procedure would take around 8 to 10 minutes on a medium flame. Alternatively, you can even roast the brinjal in an oven, microwave or you can grill the eggplant on a barbecue grill, but it won’t give that smoky flavour. A good sign to know if the eggplant is cooked perfectly or no is to watch the eggplant 'cave in' on itself, the skin getting charred and flesh getting soft.
Once it’s roasted well, remove from flame and insert a knife in the center to check whether it is cooked perfectly or not. The knife should slide without any resistance. Keep aside to cool slightly. Many people even place the baingan in a foil after roasting which creates steam and helps in loosening the skin.
Peel the charred skin and discard it. If you find small bits of burnt skin which you do not like then dunk the brinjal in a bowl of water which will help to remove the skin that is stuck here and there.
Transfer the eggplant to a bowl, mash the pulp thoroughly using a fork or potato masher and keep aside.
For preparing the Baingan Ka Bharta, heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Ghee can be substituted with vegetable oil or mustard oil if you want.
When the seeds crackle, add onions.
Sauté on a medium flame for 3 minutes or till they turn golden brown.
Add ginger. We have grated the adrak before adding to the Baingan Bharta.
Add garlic. If you do not have fresh ginger-garlic then you can make use of ginger-garlic paste but the best flavours are obtained from fresh ingredients. Also, to make extra flavorful baingan bharta you can roast some garlic cloves along with the baingan & then add to the sabzi.
Add the green chillies.
Sauté for a few more seconds or till the raw smell goes away. Add green chillies as per the heat you can handle.
Add the tomatoes.
Add turmeric powder.
Add coriander-cumin seeds powder.
Add the mashed brinjal.
Add the punjabi garam masala and salt. We have made use of homemade garam masala.
Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Our Baingan Bharta is ready to serve.
Serve Punjabi Baingan Bharta hot garnished with coriander. You can enjoy the smoky eggplant mash with Indian spices with warm rotis and chapatis.
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