Bharwan Baingan, Punjabi Bharwan Baingan

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Mar. 10, 2016

Expose your taste buds to some real excitement! The Bharwan Baingan is a super tasty dish of small brinjals, prepared the Punjabi way, with an intensely-flavoured stuffing of onion, coconut and peppy spices. The stuffing, prepared by sautéing a rich onion-coconut paste with spice powders, gives the brinjals an amazing flavour and unique texture too. The stuffed brinjals are cooked slowly and carefully in a kadhai, with a flavourful tempering, till they are soft and aromatic. It is quite exciting to watch the small brinjals transform into this exciting dish, which makes it worth licking your fingers!


For the onion coconut paste
Roughly chopped onions 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Freshly grated coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Coriander seeds 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (dhania)
Dry kashmiri red chillies 3 (broken into pieces)
Chopped garlic 1 Tablespoon (lehsun)
Chopped ginger 1 Tablespoon (adrak)
Cloves 3 (laung/lavang)
Cinnamon sticks 2 Small (dalchini)
For the stuffing
Oil 2 Tablespoon
Roasted peanuts 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , coarsely ground
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon (haldi)
Other ingredients
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Brinjals 14 Small (baingan / eggplant)
Dhania jeera powder 1 Tablespoon (coriander
Oil 5 Tablespoon
Sugar 1 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 2 Teaspoon (jeera)
Salt To Taste
Finely chopped garlic 1/2 Teaspoon (lehsun)
Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
Bay leaf 1 (tejpatta)
Finely chopped coriander 2 Tablespoon



For the onion-coconut paste

Combine the onions, coconut, coriander seeds, dry red Kashmiri chillies, garlic, ginger, cloves and cinnamon in a deep non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 minutes. Keep aside to cool completely. 

Once cooled, blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. ¼ cup of water. Keep aside. 

For the stuffing

Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the prepared onion-coconut paste, peanuts, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, sugar and salt and mix well.

Add the lemon juice and coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring continuously. Keep aside.


Slit the brinjals in the centre to make a criss-cross mark that divides each brinjal into 4 parts joined at the stem.

Stuff the slits of each brinjal with the prepared stuffing and keep the remaining stuffing aside. 

Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.

When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and bayleaf and sauté on medium flame for a few seconds.

Add the stuffed brinjals, mix gently, cover it with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally. 

Lower the flame, add the remaining 1 cup of water and little salt and mix gently. Cover it with a lid and cook for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep tossing the brinjals occasionally to avoid it from breaking.


Serve hot with rotis or parathas

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 24 Minutes
Ready In: 24 Minutes
Servings: 5