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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Baingan Bharta (with Peanut Twist) | Egg plant Masala

Baingan Bharta or smoked egg plant masala is a delicious healthy & popular dish from North India.Usually the egg plant is held over stove or placed in an oven to cook and the charred skin is scraped down to get the tender soft cooked egg plant.But here I have used the microwave to finish the cooking faster and easier than the other methods.In this method,we don't get the smoked flavor however the flesh is cooked & mashed just like the other methods.And I have also added peanuts to add a crunch in the masala,we all just liked the additional crunch and kids loved it as chapathi wraps.Try n enjoy !!!


Ingredients
egg plant/baingan 1lb(450gm)
onion 1 large
tomato 2
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
peanuts 1 fistful
chilly powder 1tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
asafoetida/hing a pinch
garam masala 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/2 tsp
cilantro 3-4 sprigs
salt
oil 2-3 tbsp


Method
  • Wash the egg plant,pat dry.Apply a thin layer of oil and make a slit longitudinally in the egg plant at one side.Place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 4 mins.Give an additional minute or so if not done.(The cooking time varies according to the size of egg plant)
  • Remove from microwave and let it cool a bit,and then cut the stalk and then cut it halfway.Take a spoon and scoop out the flesh.Place it on a cutting board and chop here & there so that the large pieces are cut down.Discard the flesh.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the peanuts until lightly browned.Drain on a plate,leave aside.Saute the onions in the same oil until lightly browned.Add in the ginger garlic paste.
  • Add in the tomatoes,cook till the tomatoes are mashed.Add in  the spice powders except garam masala.Saute until the raw smell disappears.Add salt.
  • Add in the chopped cooked egg plant and give a quick toss.Cook covered for 5 mins on medium flame and then add the peanuts,and cilantro.Adjust salt if required.Add the garam masala powder,mix well.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes and then ready to serve with chapathis !!!

Servings~ 3 -4 adults

NOTES
*Don't forget to put the slit egg plant before placing in the microwave or else it will burst out.
*You can even do without adding peanuts.I have tried using green peas too,tastes delicious.
*The egg plant should be large and fat ones.
*You can cook in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes too if you aren't using microwave.


45 comments:

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Baigan ka bhartha looks delicious.. Love the addition of peanuts.. Nice presentation, Julie!

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Baingan bhartaha looks tempting with the addition of peanuts..the second click is beautiful...

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow yummy. I will add coarse powder. Adding peanuts is interesting.

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

so yummy and nicely done

Pavithra R said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I love this recipe. I think peanut is really a nice twist. Also if you want the smoked texture & look, you can keep a metal grill inside the microwave panel & place Bhaigan over it & this although will not give the effect of placing Bhaigan directly in flame, kinda gives the smokiness.

Srimathi said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the addition of peanuts in the baingan bharta.

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Lately I love peanut addition to dishes..I loved the way you have come up with this Julie..Flavorful !

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy and cruunchy.... :)

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips

yum yum!!! so flavorful and I like the addition of peanuts here!
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♥LOVE2COOK MALAYSIA♥ said... Best Blogger Tips

How delicious!!! Am hungry dear ;)

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Good one julie .

Maayeka said... Best Blogger Tips

Baigan bharta is my favourite..like your twist of adding peanuts in it.looks delicious

Leena Chandrashekar said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the prep..looks delish...

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice twist..Julie..

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so very yummy!

Sebeena Loyd said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, that looks awesome with peanuts. my bharta is in draft.

priya satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Adding peanuts is very new to me.. Must be very delicious with the crunchiness in every bite..yummy.

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Unusual combination for me - great looking dish anyway

Ramya Krishnamurthy said... Best Blogger Tips

super masala and always have it in any form

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Would be perfect for chapathis. Nice one
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Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

that peanut twist must have added extra crunch

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely snaps Julie :) Ana a yum recipe !! Bookmarked..

Tamilarasi Sasikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious side.. looks so yum....

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Helen Prabha said... Best Blogger Tips

eggplant gravy with peanut twist looks amazing & delicious....

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the peanut idea, btw, lovely clicks..

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Baingan bhartas are my fav, seriously love the addition of peanuts here.

Sangeetha said... Best Blogger Tips

one of my fav eggplant dish, liked the addition of peanuts...sounds too delicious...surely try this next time :)

Renuka said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy! I love brinjals.. and the addition of peanuts makes it yummier!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Drool worthy,crunchy and delicious.

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the taste of the fire roasted ones...that smokiness is really good.
These days I oven roast the baingan...love this dish!

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

like that spoon julie.. love to have this bharta with roti..

Kitchen Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

love adding peanuts, will surely try this now. thanks.

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and droolworthy dish.

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious bharta with peanut twist, super presentation dear...

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

What a coincidence:) I have made one too. Yours looks lovely too.

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Bhaigan ka bharta is punjabis all time favorite dish !!
You made it so nicely Julie :)
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Swasthi Blank said... Best Blogger Tips

Liked your twist and looks absolutely delicious Julie

Saranya Balaji said... Best Blogger Tips

looks delicious and love the addition of peanuts...

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie . how are you. this looks pretty delicious.. perfect for tea. have a nice day

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

never tried this... looks great with chappathi...

Shree Kanneppady said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this looks super delicious.. :)
I just loved that white spoon, that is so cute..


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Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! very tempting yummy bharta...loved it.

Love to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooh! My fav... Loved the addition of peanuts...

Amrita Vishal said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so loving the new twist, esp using the microwave and peanuts..must try it soon

Arthy Suman said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a delicious n lip smacking dish....im a fan....