Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Baingan Bharta


Baingan Bharta! What is Baingan Bharta? Baingan Bharta is a brinjal dish from the land of Punjab. Interesting right? I know (Kashmiri Vegetable Soup, Aam ka Achaar, Andra Sambar, Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani & Tamatar ki Chutney). In fact, to tell you the truth, though I am aware where exactly Punjab is seated in the world map, honestly, I never knew Baingan Bharta existed until I had to crack my coconut on what should I do with brinjal. Basically which style to cooking. I could have, if I wanted to, opt for the dishes I have cooked before or add brinjal in curry, then again, don't you think it will be nice to scout for recipes for a new kinda dish? Sure. Why not? After all, shouldn't we keep our cooking and food eating interesting too instead of similarities dependable? You are right and I was right in searching for recipes. Popped up a whole list, more than enough actually and among those, me opting for Baingan Bharta (Japanese Eggplant Saute, Eggplant Tikka & Brinjal Stir Fry). But no, not copied exactly. I looked through the recipes and instead roasting or blistering brinjals and cooking till a mushy texture, I invented my own Baingan Bharta. Tadaa!! Why is my Baingan Bharta unique and outstanding? I added saffron strands for exclusive and exotic tastes (Navaratan Korma, Vegetable Kadhi & Tofu Manchurian). Saffron strands, believe me, they can be expensive but worth paying once a while to heighten dishes to another level.
Ingredients
2 brinjal (about 400g) - cut into bite sizes.
1 red chilli - chopped/sliced thinly
1 green chilli - chopped/sliced thinly
4 shallots - chopped/sliced thinly
1/2 inch ginger - chopped/sliced thinly
1/4 tsp saffron strands/turmeric powder
3-4 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp oil
Lime juice - as needed 
Salt to taste

Method
Heat oil and sauté chillies, shallots, ginger and cumin seeds. 
Add eggplant and saffron. 
Stir and sprinkle some water - to cook and soften eggplant. As soft as you like. 
Add curry leaves and lime juice and season with salt. 
Stir a couple of times and remove from heat. 


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31 comments:

  1. simple yet comforting brinjal stir fry

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  2. Looks yummy...love the clicks as well navi..

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  3. Well, I bought mine from GoDaddy & set to auto too. Scary experience you've gone thru. This is certainly a nice dish to make up for everything...........

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  4. I am so scared and will log in to my google apps account today itself.,
    I am surely trying this recipe, a good twist to brinjal
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  5. Stir fry with saffron hearing it for the first time.Instead of turmeric u used saffron,so it must be rich compared to normal curry .hmm yummy looking

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  6. I think even egg plant haters also will love this surely dear...

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  7. love eggplants n always find new ways to cook it, on my to do list now.

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  8. Delicious looking stir fry, nice presentation dear.

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  9. Thanks Nava for tips in the google apps thing. Am one of those ignorant type.

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  10. lovely side dish.. With your experience of the domain expiring, you got to know many things and hence we all got to know many things.. thanks Nava :)

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  11. Looks sooo flavorful .

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  12. Thanks for sharing your experience with Google here.. It will be very useful for others like me.. By the way coming to the recipe, Stir fry looks delicious and healthy.. :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing your experience.. Flavorful and delicious curry

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  14. I was so disappointed on Monday when I dropped in to the vegetable market to buy Okra and it was not there. I wanted to make your fish and okra soup. Now at least I have a plan B because I want to make this too. Eggplants and saffron...Wow! And looks like a restaurant dish...not that they will have all these flavours at a restaurant.
    My blog is on a self hosted wordpress and I should read up on the technical details too..things can go wrong with anybody!

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  15. You are doing a great service to the people interested in owning a domain but are a bit confused about how to go about!!
    the stir fry looks great!!

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  16. Eggplants get saffron treatment that is awesome..Nava..love it.

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  17. this sounds just the way how my umma makes her brinjal stir fry... but without the saffron of course... love that addtion! thanks for all those useful tips, so glad that the bad experience has come to an end...

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  18. Thanks for the Info Nava ,I'm so glad the site it's work again ,What a simple and tasty eggplant stir fry, I can have this dish anytime with rice of course !

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  19. Love brinjal cooked this way. Goes with rice and roti too. Lovely shots! As for the internet technicalities, I'm not there yet but this post will be very helpful to me in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. This is a delicious & easy stir-fry, with simple ingredients. Lovely pictures!

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  21. OMG gran plato gracias por publicar se ve sabroso y colorido,abrazos.

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  22. curry leaves and saffron will be magical in this curry...piquant and absolutely scrumptious...will sure be making this for lunch today,thanks for sharing :-)

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  23. wow, the saffron bring the simply augberine dish to the next level......

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  24. Lovely idea, I really like curry leaves.

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  25. such an interesting combo with drooling pictures!!!

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  26. Nava, things can go wrong with anybody, anytime. I already have a bad experience with blogger blog so don't want something like that happen to me again.
    Your eggplant stir fry looks delicious with a wonderful combination of ingredients!

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  27. Stunning click, at first :) Like the differently made stir-fry.

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  28. This looks so beautiful and YUMMY!

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