Eggplant (baigan) may not be a favorite vegetable for many but surprisingly baingan bharta is loved by everyone ! Bharta means mash , so basically it’s a charred eggplant mash and then cooked with various spices This Smoky Eggplant Curry is one of the signature dishes of Traditional North Indian cooking. It is vegan, law fat and super delicious and has extra-ordinary smoky flavor which make this easy to make dish a crowd pleaser
Eggplant – 1 large
* 2 poblano pepper
* Onion – 1 large
* Tomato – 2 medium
* Garlic – 6 pods
* Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
* Coriander powder – 3 tsp
* Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
* Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
* Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
* Coriander leaves – to garnish
* Salt – to taste
* Oil – 3 tbsp
Make deep cuts or slits all around the eggplant using a sharp knife.
Insert a pod of garlic in each slit. Smear few drops of oil all around the eggplant. Poke a skewer or a sharp knife into the eggplant to hold and roast it directly over direct flame turning it around so that the skin gets charred and the insides of the eggplant gets cooked well. You can also roast it in an oven.
Do the same with poblano pepper Charred the tomatoes too
Remove the skewer and let the eggplant and pepper and tomato cool down completely
Peel off the charred outer skin and mash the eggplant along with the garlic using a fork or a potato masher. Keep aside
Chopped the roasted poblanos
Chopped the tomatoes
Heat a pan with oil. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
Add onions and cook over medium flame till it becomes translucent.
Add the chopped poblano pepper tomato, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and mix well and cook for 1 minute.
Sprinkle a handful of water, mix, close with a lid and cook for 2- 3 mins over low flame for the raw smell of the powders to go away and the oil begins to separate.
Add mashed eggplant, garam masala powder, salt, mix well and cook for another 2 mins.
Add chopped coriander leaves, mix well and take off the flame ! Add lemon juice