Baingan Bharta or Bhurta/ How To make Homemade Smoked Eggplant Mash Recipe

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Dec. 10, 2015

Roasted, peeled and mashed, the brinjals transform into an aromatic ingredient perfect to create this traditional Punjabi subzi. Cooked along with tangy tomatoes and pungent ingredients like onions, ginger and green chillies, Baingan Bharta is an accompaniment that goes equally well with rotis and rice, making you have much more of the main course! Take care to cook the brinjals well till the skin chars and starts curling, ready to be peeled.


Brinjal 1 Large (baingan / eggplant)
Oil 1 1/2 Teaspoon (For greasing)
Ghee 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon (Leveled) (jeera)
Finely chopped onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon (adrak)
Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon (lehsun)
Finely chopped green chillies 1 Teaspoon
Finely chopped tomatoes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Dhania jeera powder
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste



1. Grease the brinjal with a little oil, make slits all over the surface at equal intervals and roast over an open flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till the brinjal turns soft and black, while turning occasionally. Keep aside to cool slightly. 

2. Cut the stem and discard it. Peel the skin and mash it using a potato masher. Keep aside.

3. Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.

4. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.

5. Add the ginger paste, garlic paste and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

6. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder and coriander-cumin seeds powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

7. Add the roasted and mashed brinjal, garam masala and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 


8. Serve hot garnished with coriander

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 19 Minutes
Ready In: 19 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 181Calories from Fat 76

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.8%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 253 mg10.54%

Total Carbohydrates 25 g8.3%

Dietary Fiber 11 g44%

Sugars 8 g

Protein 4 g8%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet