Confused by the name, well in English it can be literally translated as Mashed eggplants( Baingan is what we call it in India). Now what do you look for in dish when you eat it? Taste/ flavor right? How about three awesome things in one dish.
- Fire roasted with a charred flavor in the background
- Garlic infused bites
- Spices that create a medley with the above.
I mean each bite of this dish is filled with so much in it that you will really have fun eating it and I can assure you that a person who just moderately likes Eggplant will adore your creation if you make this for them.
Traditionally this recipe is made in mustard oil and is pretty bland and boring, but my Mom just knew how to put this veggie in our mouth. The potato, mushroom and peas are her favorite Add-on veggies in this dish.
Baingan Bharta/ Fire roasted mashed Eggpant.
( Mom’s Recipe)
What you need:
1 whole Chinese Eggplant
1 Idaho potato diced into small pieces
½ cup frozen green peas
About 5 Mushrooms cut into quarters
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp ginger minced
1 whole garlic slit into four slices
1.5 cups of diced tomatos
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1tbsp ground coriander
Salt and pepper
What to do:
Firstly we want to char the outer layer of the Eggplant and make it papery so that it peels off. Begin by poking holes in the body of the eggplant and dig the slices of garlic in it.
Now you can do two things either bake in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes and the broil for about 7-8 minutes by turning around to char on all side. Second you char it directly on the gas flame and keep turning every 30 seconds. I did the second one.
Once it is charred and just let it cool for about 10 minutes. Then slowly peel of the skin and then Mash it up with the back of the spoon.
In a skillet with EVOO, add the onion, potato, ginger and garlic and cook until the potatoes are soft. Next add the Mushrooms and peas.
After about a minute add the mashed eggplant and then kinda mash them all together. Not too much!
Season it up with S + P and then jazz it up with spices.
Finally add the Diced tomatoes and let cook for about 10-12 minutes stirring in between.
Garnish with Cilantro and yum the tasty dish is ready.