This is a very simple, quick and more importantly authentic Indian side dish of grilled eggplant and tomato. Best served with naan or roti. It should have a consistency of, um, well, 'mush' when finished, but it's good.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven broiler. Place eggplant in a roasting pan, and broil 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until about 1/2 the skin is scorched.

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  • Place eggplant in microwave safe dish. Cook 5 minutes on High in the microwave, or until tender. Cool enough to handle, and remove skin, leaving some scorched bits. Cut into thick slices.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, stir in the onion, and cook until tender. Mix in eggplant, and tomatoes. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until soft. Garnish with cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts

60.8 calories; 2 g protein; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 152 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2008
Try this small change and you will definitely have authentic baingan ka bharta. After peeling off the eggplant skin, mash the pulp coarely. Use the mashed eggplant for the last steps when you return this to the pan with onions etc. Cook this well, add 2 tsp of cumin powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp garam masala (you will get this at any indian store. Happy cooking ! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/05/2007
My Bangan ka Bhurta did not look like the image posted and did not taste like Indian Bangan ka Bhurta I've ever had in Indian restaurants. I've had it often since it is one of my favorite Indian dishes. I doubled up on the spices and it still didn't change much... Not sure what I could have done to fix it. I must add though that it was delicious served cold the next day with left over naan! Didn't taste like it should but was still flavorfull! I won't make this again I will try to find another recipe. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2008
Try this small change and you will definitely have authentic baingan ka bharta. After peeling off the eggplant skin, mash the pulp coarely. Use the mashed eggplant for the last steps when you return this to the pan with onions etc. Cook this well, add 2 tsp of cumin powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp garam masala (you will get this at any indian store. Happy cooking ! Read More
(88)
Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2008
Try this small change and you will definitely have authentic baingan ka bharta. After peeling off the eggplant skin, mash the pulp coarely. Use the mashed eggplant for the last steps when you return this to the pan with onions etc. Cook this well, add 2 tsp of cumin powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp garam masala (you will get this at any indian store. Happy cooking ! Read More
(88)
Rating: 3 stars
04/05/2007
My Bangan ka Bhurta did not look like the image posted and did not taste like Indian Bangan ka Bhurta I've ever had in Indian restaurants. I've had it often since it is one of my favorite Indian dishes. I doubled up on the spices and it still didn't change much... Not sure what I could have done to fix it. I must add though that it was delicious served cold the next day with left over naan! Didn't taste like it should but was still flavorfull! I won't make this again I will try to find another recipe. Read More
(25)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2006
After eating something similar to this in a Mediterranean Restaurant I have been searching high and low for a recipe. This is it! This recipe is very tasty and easy to make. I left out the cilantro and the next time I make it I will omit or cut out the cayenne pepper. It was just a little too hot for me but a great eggplant side dish! Good and healthy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/09/2007
needs more spices. there is another eggplant recipe on here which is much better. the texture was good though but too more work using the microwave and oven instead of just broiling the eggplant whole in tthe oven for 30 min. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2010
I've never eaten this before so I have nothing to compare it to. We had white rice and lentils along with sausage as the sides. Great combo We liked the eggplant roasted on top of the open flame as others suggested. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2009
I roasted the eggplant on an open flame gas stove burner - like the footnote says. I've had this many times before because it is somewhat of a traditional or everyday type of dish here in Trinidad. If you do have a gas stove roast the eggplant on it. The open flame imparts a smoky flavour which gives this dish it's signature flavour. I also roasted garlic to add in omitted the cayenne and used fresh chopped up scotch bonnet pepper for the heat in this dish. If you can't handle much heat don't omit the pepper at all - it really adds to this dish. I served with Buss-up-Shut (Paratha Roti) which is a different type of naan. Good base recipe for anyone wanting to try some Indian food. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2008
It seemed like a bit of work so we just simmered the ingredients together on the stove til cooked. We increased the cayenne to our taste and added garam masala per another review. I don't know what the real recipe was supposed to taste like never having had it before but ours was pretty tasty. My husband devoured it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2008
I DID NOT LIKE EGGPLANT! Now I like it! We will cook this recipe at least twice a week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2009
This was excellent!!! As well as others I cooked mine over my gas burner and added some chopped garlic to the onions as they were cooking. Also added some extra s&p and a little bit of cumin as well. I tried to get this as "mushy as possible! I served mine with some homemade naan and it was soooo good. Great recipe!!! Read More
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