Saturday, January 10, 2009

baingan bharta/baingan ka chokha

This is a light and spicy dish which tastes great with plain rotis, I make the bharta by two different procedures, one is the fried bharta with garam masala and the other is boiled bharta with raw ginger garlic...this one is more like a salad or salsa , completely fat free , but the fried one is also very low fat and is good when more spice and kick is needed...............both of them are very different to taste..........I am giving the recipes of both together, whichever suits you ..........but you must try both............

Fat free or low fat vegetable dishes are very well suited if other components of your meal are heavier on fats or you have been prescribed to avoid fats. For me it is for a detox sometimes and to compensate a paratha craving some other times...Bharta tastes great with Parathas and ghee soaked Littis..

fried baingan bharta with peas

brinjal one medium [300 gm]
tomato one large
peas 1 cup half boiled or microwaved
onion one medium, finely chopped
garlic 6-8 cloves
ginger 1 inch piece
green chillies 2
red chilly powder 1 tsp
dhaniya powder 1 tsp
jeera n black pepper powder 1/2 tsp each
garam masala powder 1 tsp
whole jeera seeds 1 tsp
hing a pinch
green coriander leaves finely chopped, a handful
mustard oil or ghee 1 tbsp
amchoor 1 tsp [optional]
salt to taste


Cut the brinjal into 4 pieces and boil with 1/2 cup water, in pressure cooker for 1 whistle.......the brinjal can be peeled before boiling or it can be skinned after boiling.........when very tender n fresh brinjals are being used , no need to remove the skin...after boiling discard the water n reserve the brinjal for further use.

Alternatively, grill the brinjal on gas flame and peel the skin and proceed.

Heat ghee in a nonstick pan [ i use my cast iron skillet], add hing n jeera n let it splutter............then add in the onions, ginger , garlic, green chillies, all finely chopped n stir fry untill add in the powder masalas n salt to taste.........mix well and then add in the chopped tomatoes immediately to save the powder masalas from burning...........cover n cook untill the tomatoes are completely mashed........stirring in add in the boiled peas and the brinjal..........mix well and keep frying untill well blended..............serve hot garnished with chopped green coriander.

boiled baingan bharta


brinjal one medium, boiled as above or roasted on the gas flame
it can be roasted in an oven too[skin to be removed after roasting]
tomato one large, microwaved or roasted on gas flame or in oven, skin to be removed after roasting

Roasting and boiling both impart different flavours , I do it both ways as time allows me........all the other ingredients are to be added raw...........the brinjals cannot be microwaved for this recipe, as the creamy n juicy texture is lost in microwaving them. tomatoes remain quite juicy when microwaved in a covered bowl, of course after making cuts in it.

ginger, garlic and green chillies chopped finely, 1 tbsp each
salt to taste
mustard oil or extra virgin olive oil.......whatever flavour you like -1 tsp
chopped coriander leaves a generous handful (not used here)


Mix all the ingredients together and make a homogeneous mixture can be served hot or variation can be done by adding one boiled and mashed potato to the mix...........the taste is yummy with a slightly thick mixed cereal roti............

I prefer it with generous amounts of ginger garlic n green i like spicy is a must try for those who are on a weight loss regime.

oh yes it tastes good with daal chawal too..........actually in uttar pradesh , daal bhat chokha is a desi kind of khana and i find it quite amazing in taste as well as like a light n quick meal.

I often think that if we start eating this kind of poor man's diet [it is one of them in UP] there will not be any weight gain problem in the modern world.

PS : Edited to update new pictures of the dish.

1 comment:

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