Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant Dish) by Ashley of

Baingan ka Bharta (Indian Eggplant)

  • Author: Ashley Thomas


  • 2 large eggplants
  • 4 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch knob ginger, minced
  • 12 Serrano pepper, minced (adjust according to preference)


  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped


Prepare Eggplant

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Make four slits in each eggplant and then apply 1 tablespoon of oil over each eggplant. Place them on baking sheet and then roast in the oven for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.
  3. Turn the heat up to a broil for 5 minutes, then remove the eggplants from the oven.
  4. Allow the eggplant to cool, then remove the skin and chop the flesh. Set aside for now.

Prepare Sauce

  1. While the eggplant is baking, add 2 tablespoons of oil in a dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Then add cumin seeds.
  2. Once the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add onions and saute for 10 minutes or until the onions turn golden brown.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, Serrano pepper and spices. Stir-fry for a minute, add tomatoes and mix well.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and stir-fry for another 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cooked eggplant and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with cilantro and serve.