Punjabi aubergine - bhurtha

    1 hour 5 min

    This is a traditional Punjabi bhurtha made with aubergine and tomato, and seasoned with cumin, turmeric, garlic and ginger. Serve with fresh roti or naan.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 aubergine
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon chopped root ginger
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 large tomato - peeled, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • handful chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat the grill. Rub oil on the outside of the aubergine. Place under the grill, and cook until the flesh is soft and the skin is blistering off, about 30 minutes. Turn as needed for even cooking. Cut the aubergine in half lengthwise, and scoop the flesh out of the skin. Discard the skin; chop up the flesh, and set aside.
    2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds, and let them crackle for a few seconds and turn golden brown. Be careful not to burn them. Add the onion, ginger and garlic; cook and stir until tender. I don't let the onions get very brown. Stir in the tomato, and season with turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Cook and stir for a few minutes.
    3. Place the aubergine pieces in the frying pan, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes so some of the moisture evaporates. Taste, and adjust seasonings if desired. Garnish with fresh coriander, and serve.

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    The taste of this dish is good, but the texture leaves a little to be desired. A better way to cook the eggplant is to slice it in 1" pieces, place the pieces on a paper towel, and lightly salt them. Leave them for at least a half hour (2 hours is ideal), then pat them dry. Cook them at about medium on the stove in some oil, stirring often, for about a half hour or until they lose most of their water and turn a darker color. The texture and taste of the eggplant really comes out this way. The rest of the recipe was quite tasty.  -  04 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    At first i passed on this recipe because i thought it would be too much work to broil and peel. Was I wrong!!! SUPER easy recipe. We had an indian night and this by far was our favorite dish. Perfect soft consistency. Pick 2 small eggplants instaed of a large one because it will be more tender and not have the bitter flavor some eggplants get when they're too big. Perfect spices, and the onions are amazing.  -  09 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Here is my version:I removed the skin on the eggplant and cut it into 1 inch rings, sprinkled it with some salt and let it sit for at least 30 min (to remove the excess water). Then I placed it in the oven and let it bake for approximately 15 min. Then i cut it into cubes and used it as dirrected. I eliminated the cumin seeds. I added 4 med tomatoes, and 3 cloves of garlic. Instead of 1/2 tsp of tumeric, i added 1 tsp of tumeric. I also added 1/2 tsp curry powder and 1/4 tsp of garam masala. I also cooked with olive oil instead of veggie oil. I also added 1/2 cup of water.  -  29 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)