Thursday, March 4, 2010

Baingan Bhaja

As we have said innumerable times, Brinjals are our most favorite veggies. Baingan Bhaja is a North Indian recipe, regularly made in most homes in Uttar Pradesh. For this recipe,we need the big brinjal that is generally used in baingan bhartha and referred to as Bhartha waala baingan in common parlance in India.

Thank you Shruti for the amazing recipe.

Preparation time: 20-25 mins

Serves: 2


Big Brinjal (Bhartha Baingan) 1
Turmeric 1tsp
Red chilli powder 1tsp
Chat masala 1tsp
Tamarind paste 1tsp
Refined cooking oil 5-6 tsp
Salt to taste


Wash and cut the big brinjal into thin circles. Add pinch of salt and turmeric powder and mix well so that all the circles are smeared with salt and turmeric powder. Cover and set aside for 4-5 hours.

After 4-5 hours, the brinjal will leave water and turn soft. Add a tsp each of red chilli powder, chat masala, tamarind paste and mix well so that all the brinjals are evenly spiced.

Now in a pan/kadai(Bandli/mookudu), heat 5-6 tsps oil and add the spiced brinjal circles.Sauté till the brinjals are completely cooked and crisp.

Baingan bhaja is done. Baingan bhaja goes well with any Indian bread or rice. The perfect menu is of course, Baingan bhaja, yellow dal, rice and/or Indian bread and thick curds.

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