I made this for the first time for someone who has only had it made by his Indian mother…and he loved it!!! The most important thing to get that real taste of punjabi banigan bharta is  to roast your eggplant on direct gas/flame. Another real Punjabi way. Just amazing. Thanks Vanessa! Follow the rest of the recipe with this one exception and your baingan bharta is ready. Then it mashed much better. Very easy,yummy and quick reciepe .I also added green peas .Excellent flavour of roasted garlic.loved it. Thanks, I mixed in some yogurt at the end (the way my mom used to make it) and it was delicious . The flesh is going to be soft and pulpy inside. Put the eggplant directly on heat and roast, turning often for around 10-12 minutes until completely roasted. Since there is no flame, I had to improvise a bit. Then add in the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Roast in a 200C oven for 45-50 minutes. Once the eggplant is roasted, you mash it up and then cook it with ginger, onion, tomatoes and some spices. It won't pack the same punch as the smoked version, but it's still quite good. Done! Then make few slits all over the eggplant with a knife. This is my favorite meal to order at our local Indian restaurant. My most favorite things are long summer days, ice cream and reading books. Thank you! Turned out great! 5- Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. I had to add a tablespoon of coriander pwd, and 3x the salt. Thanks so much for a beautiful presentation . This is an indication that it's cooked from inside. I was a little intimidated, but your directions walked me right through it. I kept a metal stand on one of the hobs and placed the eggplant on the stand. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But here is a problem. I am looking forward to cook more dishes from you recipes -Dal, samosas, Gulab Jamun and many others. I can’t ever find a way to make eggplant taste good but I think this is the recipe that will change all that! Your email address will not be published. Don't forget to give it a star rating below! Add some Green peas and turmeric with half spoon garam masala. Stir fry some more and garnish with cilantro. Baingan Bharta in the oven: To roast in the oven, make slits in the baingan, stuff the slits with garlic and rub a little oil all over. If you are going down this route, fill the cooker with enough water to cover the eggplant and add a whole head or bulb of garlic (unpeeled). yes I know, I do the dhungar method with my dals. Would highly recommend as it is tasty and very healthy for you! Thank you Jane! Hey, i have tried baingan ka bartha with cooked basmati rice and it was amazing. This last go-round I added in some sauteed red and orange peppers, mainly because I needed to use them up. Love it. I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my husband and twin boys. If you’re not able to roast the baingan, there’s a product out there called “Liquid Smoke” that makes it turn out super yummy! The roasted garlic made such a huge difference! Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made! These cookies do not store any personal information. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Also, amped up the spice/heat since we like it spicy. Thanks! Hi Manali , I tried cooking after 13 years , yet it was so simple and tasty The best part what I liked about you , you have given recipee step wise with pictures easy to understand and follow, glad the step pictures were helpful Rajani , Hi , is there a video of the receipe , that’s easier to refer. I don’t have a gas stove some I’m gonna give it a go in electric oven and add some smoked paprika. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. I’ve ordered this meal dozens of times, and never made it because I assumed it would be too complicated. Set it aside. Good call on using 2 eggplants; there was hardly anything leftover. I am so glad to know that you and your mom loved it so much . Anyway I have always been an eggplant fan, I like it in any form like in this bornai banjan or this eggplant mango kadhi but my most favorite way to eat it is baingan bharta! Hold it over the flame with a pair of tongs and keep turning it to make sure it's roasted on all sides. This made all the difference! It is slightly different than what I do. The smoky eggplant made this soooo tasty! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Roast a whole eggplant over one of the burners on your cooking range. Thanks Manali! I’ve made it twice now and it’s a fast favorite. , I’m going to try this soon. ★☆ It is a brighter red than cayenne and less hot. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Spicy fire roasted eggplant mash, Baingan Bharta is best enjoyed with roti or parathas. Maybe next time I’ll actually try the open flame char. It tasted so good. Baingan Bharta is basically fire roasted eggplant mash cooked with spices. Kudos to you for sharing the recipe and for specifying that we roast the eggplants along with stuffed garlic cloves.