Bangan ka bhurta (Indian aubergine)

    30 min

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

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 aubergine
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 sprigs fresh coriander, chopped

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven grill. Place aubergine in a roasting tray, and grill 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until about half the skin is scorched.
    2. Place aubergine in microwave safe dish. Cook 5 minutes on High in the microwave, or until tender. Cool enough to handle, then remove skin, leaving some scorched bits. Cut into thick slices.
    3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until tender. Mix in aubergine and tomatoes. Season with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until soft. Garnish with coriander to serve.

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    I'm on a low GI diet for the next year and have been looking for a recipe that has aubergine as the main ingredient. Tried this with a few tweaks which I have added, and just adored it. Loved it with my roast butternut squash oven roasted chips and grilled chicken. I have also checked with my dietician and she says that as far as she can see, it's o.k to eat plenty of. This is one recipe that looks awful but tastes the total opposite  -  01 May 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. Add a few tablespoons of your favourite curry paste/powder when adding aubergine along with some low fat natural yoghurt.  -  01 May 2011


    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 !  -  16 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)