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Baingan Bhartha - Roasted Eggplant Curry, Masala Chaas (Spicy Buttermilk) And Bajra(Millet) Roti

Ingredients
For the baingan bhartha
  Eggplant 1 Large, cut the top (Roasted and mashed)
  Plain yogurt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoon, divided (1 tablespoon oil spread on the eggplant before roasting in the oven)
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
  Green chili paste 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Onion 1 Medium, thinly sliced
  Tomato 1 , diced
  Cilantro 1⁄4 Bunch (25 gm), chopped finely
  Frozen green peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Curry powder/Garam masala 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar To Taste (Optional)
For the masala chaas
  Plain yogurt 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (As required. No water required if buttermilk is used)
  Green chili paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cilantro 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
For the bajra roti
  Bajra flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Use as needed to knead the dough)
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (For dusting)
  Ghee/Butter 1 Tablespoon
Directions

To prepare the Baingan bhartha:

GETTING READY
1. Line a baking sheet/tray with foil, set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

MAKING
3. Take a large eggplant, spread some vegetable oil on it and make scores on the surface with a knife.
4. Place the eggplant on the lined baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes, turn the side of the eggplant and roast again for another 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Once done, take the eggplant out of the oven, peel off the skin slowly and put it into a bowl. With the help of a masher, mash it well.
7. Add the plain yogurt and using a hand blender, blend well.
8. Heat a pan with oil, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, turmeric powder, green chili paste, ginger paste, garlic paste and stir a little.
9. Add the thinly sliced onions or chopped green onions, diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Stir and let it cook a little bit.
10. Add the green peas and the mashed eggplant-yogurt mixture. Stir and mix everything well.
11. Add a little water, garam masala or curry powder and stir. Finally add salt and sugar (optional) to taste. Mix well.

SERVING
12. Serve the baingan bhartha with bajra roti and masala chaas.

To prepare the Masala Chaas:

MAKING
1. Take a bowl, add yogurt, water (as required) and using a hand blender combine the two together.
2. To this add green chili paste, garlic paste, cumin powder, salt, sugar and freshly chopped cilantro. Stir well.

SERVING
3. Serve fresh along with a meal.

To prepare the bajra roti:

MAKING
1. In a mixing bowl, add the bajra flour, salt and gradually add water a little at a time and knead the dough.
2. Take small portions of the kneaded dough, dust it with flour and roll using a roller pin on the board.
3. Heat a tava and bake the rolled out rotis, flipping sides until done.
4. Spread a little ghee on the surface of the rotis before serving.

SERVING
5. Serve hot with any Indian dish of your choice.

Things You Will Need
1. A masher

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Servings: 
4
If you plan on making an Indian curry then try out the Eggplant curry. Chef Bhavna shows us how to make bajra roti and buttermilk in the video. As they are accompanied with the curry. Eggplant is very healthy. Do check out the video for the detailed recipe

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