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Baingan ka Bhartha (Mashed Eggplant)

- Submitted by Dahlia on 21st Dec 2007

(Mashed Brinjal Recipe, Mashed Eggplant, Baingan Ka Bhartha)

Baingan ka bharta is a popular dish that is part of the North Indian cuisine. It is a mouth watering dish that is often served with roti and sometimes with rice. 

The recipe for baingan ka bharta may be a little time consuming but it is worth the effort. In this the eggplant is grilled over fire and then mashed up. It is then sauteed with onions, spices and coriander leaves. The grilling of the eggplant adds a unique smoky favor to the dish. The leftover can be used as a sandwich spread. 

Bainghan Ka Bartha


  • Eggplant - 1
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup(optional)
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green Chilly - 1 (chopped)
  • Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste


  1. Rub the eggplant with oil. Roast it directly on the flame till the skin is charred.
  2. Another option is to set the oven in broil mode and broil the eggplant. Be sure to turn the eggplant after each side is cooked. It takes app. 15-20 minutes for all the  sides of the eggplant to get cooked. Let it cool down.

    Bainghan Ka Bartha

  3. Once it cools down, peel the skin and mash the eggplant.

    Bainghan Ka Bartha

  4. Heat oil in a pan, temper cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute onions, green chilly and ginger-garlic paste.
  5. Add chilly powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt.
  6. Next add chopped tomatoes, mix everything and cook till everything forms a very nice paste. It may take 5-7 minutes.
  7. Now add the mashed eggplant and green peas(optional). Mix everything together and let the flavors blend for 5 minutes.
  8. Check for salt and switch off.

Serving Suggestion

  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with roti or rice. 


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I love the recipes here. Thay have phenomenal authentic taste with much less work. The Mushroom Fry was wonderful. I have made it twice. I only added a little extra of each spice and once I had some left over shredded chicken and added to make it a main dish. I am trying the Bainghan Ka Bartha tonight. Thank you for sharing these recipes!
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Thanks for your lovely comments Kate. Good to know that you have tried a few recipes. Please do continue to try out different recipes and share your feedback.

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Comment by Thriveni Pradeep
          I prepare a cold version of this recipe. After mashing the eggplant, just add salt, chopped green chillies,a tea spoon of tamarind juice and chopped onions.Mix it well and serve immediately. Goes well with rice as a side dish. Try it!

Reply :- 
        wow. sound good. will surely try it sometime.

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