There is no single baingan bharta recipe that you have to stick to. You can make as many variations as you want to. Here are some of the easiest variations that you can do to the recipe for baingan to enhance the flavour of the dish:
It is not necessary to sauté the eggplant along with the mixture of spices. You can just cook the eggplant, mash it and then add the rest of the ingredients to this mashed eggplant. For this, take chopped onion, chopped tomato, garlic, coriander leaves, mustard oil, lime juice, and salt to taste. Cook these ingredients and add them straight to the roasted eggplant.
To make the baingan bharta spicier, you can add 0.5 to 1 tbsp of red chilli powder.
For enhancing the taste of the dish, you can add 0.5 tbsp of mustard seeds and some cumin seeds to the oil.
Getting the Best Baingan Bharta
It is true that there are some tricks that you can use to make the process of making baingan bharta easier but to get the best baingan bharta, you need to have patience. Here are some ways from which you can make a delicious baingan bharta:
Choosing the right eggplant: Even if you stick to the best baigan ka bharta recipe, you won’t get the perfect taste if you haven’t chosen the right eggplants. Pick an eggplant that is round in shape and is big enough. Make sure that it has shiny skin and no indentations. To check if the eggplant has fewer seeds, pick two eggplants in both your hands. The eggplant that feels light as compared to the other will have fewer seeds.
Roasting the eggplant in open flame: The taste of a roasted eggplant is irreplaceable. In fact, some people prefer the baingan ka bharta recipe over any other recipe of eggplant because of the smoky taste of roasted eggplant. The skin of the eggplant chars gradually which gives it a special flavour. If you have a barbecue grill available, you can also use it to roast the eggplant
Let the recipe for baingan bharta take time: The entire process of roasting the eggplant might take 10 t0 12 minutes. You have to roast it on a medium-high flame. Also, you have to turn the eggplant after every 2 minutes so that all sides of the eggplant get roasted evenly.
Let the eggplant cool before peeling: After the roast, the eggplant will be piping hot. Cover it with a foil and let it cool before peeling. Covering it with a foil helps in creating steam around the eggplant. And hot steam will loosen the skin. Dunk the eggplant in water once so that small pieces of burnt skin can also be removed.
How can I roast Eggplant in the oven?
Most people prefer the baingan ka bharta recipe in which you have to roast the eggplant in the open fire as it adds a smoky flavour to the dish. But sometimes, the open fire is not available. In that condition, you can roast the eggplant in an oven.
For roasting an eggplant in an oven, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Make a few slits in the eggplant and insert some garlic cloves in it. Put some oil on the eggplant with the help of a brush and then put it on a baking tray. Broil the eggplant for about 15 to 20 minutes until charred. Now, flip the eggplant and broil again for about 10 minutes.
If the oven is not available, you can roast the eggplant in an air fryer too. Cut the eggplant into two halves and then air fry the pieces at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
How to make baingan bharta without roasting eggplant?
Although the most common baingan bharta recipe involves roasting the eggplant, you can also make vangyache bharit without roasting. Just wash the eggplant and cut it into small cubes. Take a pressure cooker, add the cubes, add 0.5 cups of water and pressure cook the cubes until they get softened. Just add these cubes in place of roasted eggplant and the rest of the baingan bharta recipe will remain the same.
What are some other dishes similar to baingan bharta?
Once you learn how to make baingan ka bharta, you can try other similar like Panch Phoron Dahi Baingan, Eggplant Mango Kadhi, Baghare Baingan, Eggplant Curry With Coconut & Peanuts, Aloo Baingan
and Eggplant Parmesan Stacks.
Storing Baingan Bharta
Baingan bharta can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You just have to store it in an airtight container so that it does not absorb moisture from the fridge. When you want to use it, take out the container, and reheat the vangyache bharit in a microwave or a pan.
You can also freeze the bharta for a very long time. Take a freezer-safe container, transfer baingan bharta in it and put it in the freezer zone. Make sure that you leave out the coriander leaves from the bharta. This bharta will be fresh for up to 3 months. When you later want to use it, just take out the bharta, set it aside for 2 to 3 hours so that it can absorb some heat to come at room temperature and then reheat it in a microwave or a pan.
Serving Brinjal Bharta
Brinjal bharta is often served with various types of common Indian flatbread like plain roti
, missi roti
, bajra roti
, paratha, laccha paratha
, etc. You can also serve it with steamed rice and any type of dal as a side dish. If you have a leftover bharta, you can stuff it in tart shells and serve it in the form of an appetizer.
Now that you have learned how to make baingan bharta, it is time to actually make the dish. Pick the right eggplants, prepare the ingredients, and just follow the steps of the bharta recipe. We are sure that it will be the best baingan bharta you have ever eaten.
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