Sunday, 2 August 2009

Methi Baingan Bharta ( Roasted Egg Plant )



Not everybody likes eggplant,but at my place everyone enjoys eating all the varieties of eggplant. The eggplant used for making Bharta is large and almost round in shape and is dark purple in colour. See the picture here .

Every house has their own version of making Baingan ka Bharta ( bharit in marathi ). Bharit means something mashed . One can roast the vegetable first or steam cook it before mashing. Even the eggplant can be either roasted or steamed before mashing . But the taste imparted by the eggplant is distinctly different in both the methods.

We personally like the roasted version as we enjoy the smoky taste in the eggplant .The steamed version is good for making Raita which I will post sometime.

Yesterday when I decided to make Bharta, I wanted to bring in some additional flavor to the eggplant. I was searching things in my freezer when my hand landed on a small bag of frozen methi ( fenugreek leaves ) which I had very conveniently forgotten ,was existing in my fridge.
Instantly I knew what I wanted to do to my eggplant. I also have made a big batch of frozen peas which really comes out handy for cooking.

I must admit that a blend of methi and baingan tastes very unusual. It's a must try if you like experimenting with flavors.

Ingredients2 medium eggplants(roasted)
1 large onion-chopped
2 medium tomatoes-chopped
3-4 tbsp chopped methi
a small handful of peas
2 green chillies
6-8 pods garlic
an inch of ginger
1-2 tsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp coriander powder
salt to taste
oil to cook
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)
chopped cilantro

Method

  • Put a drop of oil on the eggplant and spread it on the entire surface . Make 2 small incisions on each eggplant and insert a garlic pod in it, then roast it on the gas burner(this infuses the garlic well in the eggplant)

  • Once the eggplant is roasted, cool it and then immerse it in a container filled with water and peel the burnt top layer( Peeling in water makes the process simpler),then mash it.

  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

  • Add the finely chopped onions, saute till light brown.

  • Grate ginger and 2 pods of garlic and add it to the onions and saute till the raw smell disappears.

  • Add green chillies, tomatoes, salt and cook till oil separates.

  • Now put turmeric, red chilli, coriander powder and saute.

  • Add peas and methi and cook on high flame till the bitter smell of methi disappears and it has blended well in the tomato base.

  • Put mashed eggplant, cilantro and mix well .Cook for 3-4 mins .

  • Sprinkle garam masala , mix and switch off the flame.(I did not add it this time )
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4 comments:

Pooja said...

i love the addition of methi to this.. i just love methi !

Parita said...

Wow thats real innovative dish, i love baigan bharta, but never tried it with methi!!

Michele said...

i love eggplant and this recipe looks delicious!

Nags said...

i love methi! thanks for sharing this :)

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