Bharwan Baingan, Punjabi Bharwan Baingan

Roasted, peeled and mashed, the brinjals cooked along with tangy tomatoes and pungent ingredients like onions, ginger and green chillies, Baingan Bharta is an accompaniment that goes equally well with rotis and rice,

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Expose your taste buds to some real excitement! The Bharwan Baingan is a super tasty dish of small brinjals, prepared the Punjabi way, with an intensely-flavoured stuffing of onion, coconut and peppy spices. The stuffing, prepared by sautéing a rich onion-coconut paste with spice powders, gives the brinjals an amazing flavour and unique texture too. The stuffed brinjals are cooked slowly and carefully in a kadhai, with a flavourful tempering, till they are soft and aromatic. It is quite exciting to watch the small brinjals transform into this exciting dish, which makes it worth licking your fingers!

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Bharwan Baingan, Punjabi Bharwan Baingan recipe - How to make Bharwan Baingan, Punjabi Bharwan Baingan

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     5Makes 5 servings


For The Onion-coconut Paste
1 cup roughly chopped onions
1 cup freshly grated coconut
1/4 cup coriander (dhania) seeds
3 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
1 tbsp roughly chopped garlic (lehsun)
2 small sticks cinnamon (dalchini)

For The Stuffing
2 tbsp oil
1/4 cup roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

Other Ingredients
14 small brinjal (baingan / eggplant)
5 tbsp oil
2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)

For Serving
rotis or parathas

For the onion-coconut paste

    For the onion-coconut paste
  1. Combine the onions, coconut, coriander seeds, dry red kashmiri chillies, garlic, ginger, cloves and cinnamon in a deep non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Keep aside to cool completely.
  2. Once cooled, blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. ¼ cup of water. Keep aside.

For the stuffing

    For the stuffing
  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the prepared onion-coconut paste, peanuts, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, sugar and salt and mix well.
  2. Add the lemon juice and coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Slit the brinjals in the centre to make a criss-cross mark that divides each brinjal into 4 parts joined at the stem.
  2. Stuff the slits of each brinjal with the prepared stuffing and keep the remaining stuffing aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and bayleaf and sauté on medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the stuffed brinjals, mix gently, cover it with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Lower the flame, add the remaining 1 cup of water and little salt and mix gently. Cover it with a lid and cook for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep tossing the brinjals occasionally to avoid it from breaking.
  7. Serve hot with rotis or parathas.


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Nutrient values per serving
Energy353 cal
Protein4 g
Carbohydrates11.5 g
Fiber8.3 g
Fat32.3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A328.4 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B32.3 mg
Vitamin C14.2 mg
Folic Acid30.2 mcg
Calcium37.2 mg
Iron1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium3.9 mg
Potassium187.6 mg
Zinc0.5 mg

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