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Friday, 2 March 2012

Bhaigan Bharta

1 big eggplant.

1 medium onion (finely chopped)
2 medium tomatoes.
1/2 tbspn grated ginger
1/2 tbspn grated garlic
1-2 green chillies.

1 tspn cumin seeds (Jeera).
1 tspn red chilly powder.
1/4 tspn Turmeric powder.
2-3 tspn dry mango powder.
3 tspn coriander powder.
1/4 tspn asafoetida (hing).
Salt as per taste.
1 tbspn oil.

Grease the eggplant evenly using any cooking oil with your hand.

Roast directly on medium fire turning the eggplant slowly, so that every part is roasted well.

Poke a knife to check if the eggplant has become soft and roasted evenly.

Remove the skin (the greasing on the outside of the eggplant actually helps to take off the skin easily, which has to be discarded).

Mash the eggplant completely.

Heat oil and add cumin.

Add hing (asafoetida).

Add ginger and garlic.

Stir (do not burn or make it brown) and add onions now.

Stir well and cook onions (adjusting the flame between medium and low) till they become brown and then add tomatoes.

Stir well and cook the tomatoes on a medium flame.

Add salt.

Turmeric powder.

Coriander powder.

Red chilly powder.

Green chillies (either chopped or whole)

Dry mango powder.

And stir well (the tomatoes should be cooked well and soft by now).

Add the mashed eggplant and stir.

Bhaigan Bharta is ready. You may want to add a dollop of Ghee (clarified butter) before serving.

Serve hot with Roti or Paratha.

A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat. ~Old New York Proverb

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