Hara Baingan Bharta /spicy Mashed Roasted Eggplant


1 eggplant, big and fat
1 1/2 cups of fresh cilantro leaves [about 1 bunch][clean the leaves properly to remove all dirt and 5 green chillies [adjust to taste]
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon dry mango powder [anchoor] [can be subsituted with fresh lime juice]
1/2 cup red onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons raw mustard oil for drizzle
1 tablespoon mustard oil for tempering
Salt to taste


Roasting the Eggplant: Do any one of the following
In Microwave : Micro the eggplant in a microwave-safe dish for about 7-10 minutes till the eggplant is tender and spongy to touch.
In Oven : Preheat your oven at 400 F. Put the eggplant on a cookie sheet or any oven safe dish and bake for about 40-45 minutes.
In Broiler : Heat the broiler to 425 F and broil the eggplant till the skin is charred.You will need to rotate the eggplant in between for even cooking on all sides
On Stove Top [This is what I do]:Line the dripping pan of your burner with foil or the aluminium foil drip pans available in stores.Roast the eggplant on high flame on all sides till its soft and the skin is charred.
Making the Bharta :
Once cooked ,let the eggplant cool a bit. Once cool to handle, peel off and discard the skin. Transfer the skinless eggplant to a bowl and using a fork or potato masher , just mash the eggplant thoroughly. [please do not use blender]. Set aside
In the blender add the cilantro leaves,green chillies, salt , dry mango powder and make a smooth paste with minimal amount of water [if needed].
Next, mix this cilantro paste with the mashed roasted eggplant, 2 tbsp of raw mustard oil and set aside.
In a small pan , heat the 1 tbsp oil on high till it starts smoking slightly.
For tempering :Once hot enough, add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute for 1-2 minutes till they start browning. Next add the chopped onions and cook till the onions are dark brown in color but not burnt.
Just when you are ready to serve,to the mashed eggplant add the tempering and mix well.
Serve warm immediately with chapatis or parathas [flatbreads]




Monday, October 4, 2010 - 5:53pm


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