Baingan Bharta – Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Recipe

Baingan Bharta is an authentic Indian recipe made with smoky roasted eggplants and tempered with onions, tomatoes and spices. However, not everybody know that authentic central Indian version of this recipe is called ‘Baigan ka Chokha’, wherein eggplant and all ingredient are roasted together in dried cow dung cakes and then smashed with spices and oil without tempering. Since the Baingan Bharta is more popular in urban society, this recipe is an enhanced version of the same.

Eggplant, also known as ‘King of Vegetables’ in southern Asia, is a popular vegetables used in all cuisines as it makes a tasty substitute for meat. Commonly known examples are eggplant parmesan (Italian), spicy eggplant tofu stir-fry (Asian), Thai eggplant curry, Mexican eggplant casserole, baba ganoush (Middle-East), baklazhannaia ikra (Russian & Ukraine), caponata (Sicilian). Some of these recipes have similar process of roasting the eggplant and then mixing it with other ingredients. Eggplant is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and Dietary Fiber.

Authentic ‘Baingan Bharta’ recipe has been enhanced here by addition of fire roasted red bell peppers to give it more sweet and tangy flavors; at the same time include the goodness of nutrients from red bell peppers. Red bell peppers are low in calories and good source of vitamins A, B6, C and E. Together these vitamins, keep you immune system healthy, and promote healthy and beautiful skin.

Ingredients:

Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate

Above list of ingredients will yield 6 servings.

Method:

  1. Roast Italian eggplant – Cut into four pieces and oil the outer skin. Arrange then in an oven safe tray with skin facing upwards. Broil at 500oF or high until outer skin is charred. For smoky flavors grilling is prefered to be more authentic.
    Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate
  2. Roast bell pepper – Oil the outer skin and put it on oven safe tray. Broil at 500oF or high until outer skin is charred. Keep turning for even charring.
  3. Heat oil in a pan/kadai/wok.
  4. Add asafetida (hing) and cumin seeds. Wait till they start splattering.
  5. Add green chilies, ginger and onions.Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate
  6. Let the onions cook until they are slightly translucent.Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate
  7. Add tomatoes and continue to cook.
    Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate
  8.  Then add roasted eggplant and red bell pepper.
    Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate
  9. Lastly, add all the remaining spices.
  10. Keep cooking and mixing. While mixing keep mashing it also. When fully cooked, dish should have uniform consistency with no liquid pooling.
  11. Transfer it into a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Baigan ka Bharta Chokha Roasted Eggplant - Enhance Your Palate

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Baingan Bharta - Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Baingan ka Bhartha is an authentic Indian recipe made with smoky roasted eggplants and tempered with onions, tomatoes and spices. However, not everybody know that authentic central Indian version of this recipe is called ‘Baigan ka Chokha’, wherein eggplant and all ingredient are roasted together in dried cow dung cakes and then smashed with spices and oil without tempering. Since the Baingan ka Bhartha is more popular in urban society, this recipe is an enhanced version of the same.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: baigan, bharta
Servings: 6
Calories: 111 kcal
Author: Rupali Agarwal
Ingredients
  • 1 kg Italian eggplant 2 big size pieces roasted and peeled
  • 175 gm Red bell pepper 1 fired roasted and peeled
  • 500 gm Tomato 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 250 gm Onion 1 medium size diced
  • 15 gm Ginger 1 inch piece diced
  • 5 gm Green chilies 3 to 4 cut
Spices
Instructions
  1. Roast Italian eggplant - Cut into four pieces and oil the outer skin. Arrange then in an oven safe tray with skin facing upwards. Broil at 500 F or high until outer skin is charred. For smoky flavors grilling is prefered to be more authentic.

  2. Roast bell pepper - Oil the outer skin and put it on oven safe tray. Broil at 500oF or high until outer skin is charred. Keep turning for even charring.
  3. Heat oil in a pan/kadai/wok.
  4. Add asafetida (hing) and cumin seeds. Wait till they start splattering.
  5. Add green chilies, ginger and onions.
  6. Let the onions cook until they are slightly translucent.
  7. Add tomatoes and continue to cook.
  8. Then add roasted eggplant and red bell pepper.
  9. Lastly, add all the remaining spices.
  10. Keep cooking and mixing. While mixing keep mashing it also. When fully cooked, dish should have uniform consistency with no liquid pooling.
  11. Transfer it into a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Baingan Bharta - Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 407mg 17%
Potassium 751mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 37.9%
Vitamin C 69.5%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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